Cary Grant comes up with an about-face change of character in this World War II comedy [from a screen story by S. H. Barnett]. As a Japanese plane watcher on a deserted South Sea isle Grant plays an unshaven bum addicted to tippling and tattered attire, a long way from the suave figure he usually projects but affording him opportunity for nutty characterization. Leslie Caron and Trevor Howard are valuable assists to plottage which brings in a flock of refugee kids.

Cary Grant comes up with an about-face change of character in this World War II comedy [from a screen story by S. H. Barnett]. As a Japanese plane watcher on a deserted South Sea isle Grant plays an unshaven bum addicted to tippling and tattered attire, a long way from the suave figure he usually projects but affording him opportunity for nutty characterization. Leslie Caron and Trevor Howard are valuable assists to plottage which brings in a flock of refugee kids.

Under Ralph Nelson’s shrewd helming the screenplay takes amusing form as Grant, who plies the South Seas in his own cruiser at the begining of the war, is pressed into service by Australian Navy Commander Howard to man a strategic watching station.

Into this harrassed existence comes further harrassment when Grant crosses 40 miles of open sea in an eight-foot dinghy to rescue another watcher, but ends up with Caron and seven young girls, marooned there when a pilot who was transporting them to safety from New Guinea was ordered to pick up survivors of a crashed bomber.

1964: Best Original Story & Screenplay.

Nominations: Best Editing, Sound

Father Goose

Production

Universal. Director Ralph Nelson; Producer Robert Arthur; Screenplay Peter Stone, Frank Tarloff; Camera Charles Lang Jr; Editor Ted J. Kent; Music Cy Coleman; Art Director Alexander Golitzen, Henry Bumstead

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1964. Running time: 115 MIN.

With

Cary Grant Leslie Caron Trevor Howard Jack Good Sharyl Locke Pip Sparke
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