Father Goose (film)

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Father Goose is a 1964 film about a man who is persuaded to live on an isolated island and spot aircraft during World War II finds himself responsible for a teacher and several students, all female.

Directed by Ralph Nelson. Written by S.H. Barnett, Peter Stone, and Frank Tarloff.

Walter Eckland[edit]

  • Let me tell you something. I am not a father figure. I am not an uncle figure, or a brother or a cousin figure. In fact, the only figure I intend being is a total stranger figure.
  • Maybe if you stopped straightening pictures and let men wear their own pants, maybe they'd be able to touch you without asking "permesso!"
  • [Catherine is about to read a list of needs to Frank] Now hold it. You've taken over everything else, but the radio is still my responsibility. [reads from the list] 8 nighties...[gives the list to Catherine and leaves]
  • Well so far, you're "shared" me out of my home, my bed, my food and my shirt. Now, how about sharing some of my things with me?


Walter: [about the Coast Watching Service] Well now Frank, we've been friends for a long time. Do you really think you can talk me into it?
Houghton: No, I suppose not. Stebbings, confiscate all the small craft on this pier.
Stebbings: But this is the only one there is, sir.
Houghton: Confiscate it.
Walter: Frank, you won't get away with that!
Houghton: Proceed with your orders, Stebbings.
Stebbings: Aye, aye, sir.
Walter: Frank, you can't do this to me! I'll go over your head! Who's in charge here?
Stebbings: He is.
Walter: Frank, you can't do this to me; that boat's all I have!
Houghton: You said we've been friends for a long time, Walter. Do you really think you can talk me out of it?

Walter: All those miles of open sea; a man would need something to keep warm, wouldn't he?
Houghton: 2 bottles.
Walter: All of them, Frank.
Houghton: Three.
Walter: All of them, Frank.
Houghton: Five.
Walter: All of them, Frank.
Houghton: [Resignedly] Got a pencil?

Catherine: Do you have a boat?
Walter: No. I walked.

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

Catherine: Look at their clothes.
Walter: They're my clothes.
Catherine: But they're filthy.
Walter: No, they're dirty, I'm filthy.

Walter: [teaching Catherine to fish bare-handed; in a hushed voice] Hey, here she comes again.
Catherine: How do you know it's a "she"?
Walter: Her mouth is open, now be quiet.

Stebbings: Spoke to Oliver, sir; Mother Goose is requesting a chaplain!
Houghton: A chaplain? Good heavens, he's killed her!
Stebbings: No sir, they want to get married!

Stebbings: [About the Coastwatchers] It's a chance to become a hero!
Walter: Why would I want to do that?


  • Cary Grant - Walter Christopher Eckland (Mother Goose)
  • Leslie Caron - Catherine Freneau (Goody Two Shoes)
  • Trevor Howard - Commander Frank Houghton (Big Bad Wolf)
  • Jack Good - Lieutenant Stebbings (Bo Peep)
  • Sharyl Locke - Jenny
  • Pip Sparke - Anne
  • Verina Greenlaw - Christine
  • Stephanie Berrington - Elizabeth Anderson
  • Jennifer Berrington - Harriet MacGregor
  • Laurelle Felsette - Angelique
  • Nicole Felsette - Dominique

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