Thursday, February 14, 2008

Father Goose (1965)

I confess I could not get this movie the first time around. And I confess it's become sort of a favorite since then. It's a strange movie, probably mostly because of the weird chemistry between the very young prim French woman and the older slovenly drunk American soldier.

And yet, it's got something - I'm starting to sound like a broken record tonight so maybe this means that Cary Grant is the something. A man who can somehow leap over absurdity in a single bound and make us love the ridiculous. I wonder if Steve Martin is like the closest thing we have to a Cary Grant in our generation only - let's face it, Steve - not quite as handsome.

Yup, CG has the physical comedy down like John Cleese or Steve Martin - and yet he has more charm than George Clooney double-dating with Richard Gere. I'm telling you, he is the MAN.

Cary, you are the MAN.

Anyhow, back to the movie...CG plays a drunk and disorderly soldier left alone to watch for planes on an island in the South Pacific. He is only motivated by his desire to find liquor that his commander has hidden on the island to motivate him.

Enter a damsel in distress...Cary is sent to fetch a diplomat's grown daughter escorting a troop of other diplomats' daughters who have crashed? or been abandoned? on a desert island nearby. He rescues them to his island and they set up house, sort of.

Cary befriends the children, the prim and proper diplomat's daughter can't stay prim and proper on a desert island, and the rest is...history.

The best scene involves a snake bite and is about halfway through the movie.

For that scene if nothing else, this one is also a must-watch.

Three stars. Am watching again right now.


Jessica said...

Hey, I've been wanting to see this even though I had no idea what the plot was. Thanks for explaining. I'll let you know when I see it. The only problem I'm having with requesting it is that I am kind of holding "An American in Paris" against Leslie Caron. I just DO NOT LIKE THAT MOVIE! But I am willing to overcome my issues for Cary Grant.

Cheryl said...

I didn't love Leslie Caron in An American in Paris either. But you have to hand it to someone whose charm can singlehandedly cure alcoholism. She must have something too.

Jessica said...

So now I've seen Father Goose. Just a note: CG ends up with the teacher and her students by accident... he's sent to pick up another watcher of planes like himself and runs into them. Funny movie. I forgive Leslie Caron.

Millie Motts said...

This is one of my favorites because when Cary Grant was asked which character he played was most like him, he said Walter Eckland. Made me smile when I heard that.

Ms. Q said...

Really? that's so awesome! His character is great...I love his unswerving devotion to alcohol.