Father Goose

1964 NR 1h 58m DVD

Father Goose

1964 NR 1h 58m DVD
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Cary Grant stars as Walter, a boozy beachcomber during World War II who monitors the radio in the South Pacific in exchange for shipments of alcohol -- which he does alone, until lovely schoolmarm Catherine crashes on the island.
Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Trevor Howard, Jack Good, Sharyl Locke, Pip Sparke, Verina Greenlaw, Stephanie Berrington, Jennifer Berrington, Laurelle Felsette, Nicole Felsette
Ralph Nelson
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1, Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the main character is on a constant search for the whiskey that his commanding officer and his prim island-mate hide from him. He's clearly not posited as a role model, though, and he reforms his ways. Even though this is foremost a comedy, it's set during World War II. The Japanese are the enemy, there's an air attack at the end, and at one point, the youngest little girl is in danger. Compared to war scenes in contemporary films, those in Father Goose are hardly worrisome.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


Main characters slap each other. Japanese airplanes attack, the children are in danger, and there's a fire. Ms. Freneau is thought to be dead at one point.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Not applicable


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Much of the plot and certainly the humor centers on Mr. Eckland's quest for whiskey and Ms. Freneau's persistence in hiding it from him. There is one scene in which she gets drunk (taking alcohol medicinally after getting a snake bite) and is later hung over.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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