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Father Goose (1964) was a Comedy - Adventure Film directed by Ralph Nelson and produced by Robert Arthur.

Academy Awards 1964 --- Ceremony Number 37 (source: AMPAS)

Best Film EditingTed J. KentNominated
Best WritingStory by S. H. Barnett; Screenplay by Peter Stone, Frank TarloffWon

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Father Goose (1964)

By Beatrice on May 6, 2018 From Flickers in Time

Father Goose Directed by Ralph Nelson Written by Peter Stone and Frank Taroff; story by S.H. Barnett Granox Company First viewing/Netflix rental No actor ever aged better than Cary Grant. ?Here in Silver Fox mode he still makes a very credible and funny love interest. The story takes place in th... Read full article

TV/Movie Set : Father Goose ( 1964 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Jan 24, 2017 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

It is easy to praise the art directors who create visually stunning sets, those that are opulent ( Anastasia, The King and I, The Sound of Music ) or creative and modern ( Top Hat, Grand Hotel, The Thief of Bagdad ).....but the work put into designing a set that perfectly complements the film's stor... Read full article

Father Goose(1964).

By Dawn Sample on May 25, 2013 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Father Goose(1964). Romantic/comedy set in World War II. Cast: Cary Grant, Leslie Caron and Trevor Howard. The title comes from "Mother Goose", the code-name assigned to Grant's character. The film won an Academy Award for its screenplay. The film introduced the song "Pass Me By" by Cy Coleman and C... Read full article

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Catherine Freneau: [Eckland has sucked the "poison" from Catherine's "snakebite"] Tell me, I would like to know - what did my blood taste like?
Walter Eckland: Delicious. Now come on.
[he tries to take her coconut full of whiskey]
Catherine Freneau: No, no, no, I'm serious. What did it taste like?
Walter Eckland: Well how would I know? I'm not a vampire,
Catherine Freneau: Um, was it salty?
Walter Eckland: Mmm, a little salty, yes.
Catherine Freneau: Too salty?
Walter Eckland: No, it was just right.
Catherine Freneau: Oh, no! You thought it was too salty, I can tell! You didn't like it!
[she seems on the verge of crying]
Walter Eckland: I liked it!
Catherine Freneau: Oh, really?
Walter Eckland: Uh-huh, I liked it!
Catherine Freneau: You're not just saying that?
Walter Eckland: Great blood!

[Eckland has just discovered that there was no snake when Houghton, who believes Catherine is dead, is calling]
Commander Frank Houghton RAN: Walter? Are you there, Walter? I have the chaplain, I thought it might be a comfort if he said a few words.
Walter Eckland: Never mind the chaplain, Frank. She's alive. The snake's dead.
Commander Frank Houghton RAN: Walter, explain yourself.
[Eckland puts down the microphone]
Commander Frank Houghton RAN: Walter? Walter?
Commander Frank Houghton RAN: Walter!

Walter Eckland: Maybe if you stopped straightening pictures and let men wear their own pants, maybe they'd be able to touch you without asking "permesso!"

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Cary Grant was offered the role of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady but turned it down to star in this movie. He wanted Audrey Hepburn to play Catherine, but she was already committed to My Fair Lady.
Walter's boat, which he bought from one Mr. Van De Hoven, is named "Vrolijkheid", which is Dutch for "Glee".
The scene in the dinghy where the small boats gets passed by two large ships was filmed on the Universal Studios back-lot in a large tank on a sound set. In an interview with one of the child stars, Stephanie Berrington now Stephanie Berrington McNutt who played Elizabeth, in an interview said: "It was a large tank like a swimming pool. We had wave-making machines which were logs attached to steel arms that kept slapping the water to make waves. The larger ships were actually projected onto screens above the water. At first, the dinghy was just floating free and was not attached to anything. In one of the first few takes, it took on so much water that it sank (it wasn't supposed to) and most of the children were thrilled. It was like going for a swim. There was one child, however, who did not know how to swim so the directors and producers all jumped into the water in their good clothes and expensive watches to "save" us. Needless to say, most of us didn't want to be saved at all! Photos were taken and I believe they were published in the Los Angeles Times."
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