Walter Christopher Eckland played by Cary Grant is a vagrant who is living on a beach. During WWII, he is persuaded by the British Authorities spy on the planes passing on the island. Reluctantly, he goes about his job. Commander Frank Houghton being an old friend of Mr. Eckland, it was a matter of obligation to be deserted in an island and spy.
During his stay in the island, he encounters a school teacher Catherine Frenau, played by Leslie Caron to be stranded in the island along with few children. They have managed to escape from the Japanese and thus seek shelter by taking Mr. Eckland’s help.
Mr. Eckland, as a result of a lady and kids finds himself to be out of the house and finds shelter in his boat, which is semi-damaged.
The story involves a series of comical incidents between Mr. Eckland and Catherine over many issues. With time, they get each other’s perspective and starts appreciating. Also, change of attitude towards children is seen in Mr. Eckland as he takes up the responsibility of Catherine and the children.
He builds his boat so that, it could be used to escape when Japanese invade the island. Catherine and Mr. Eckland fall in love with each other and also get married with minister playing the role of priest, perform the rituals via radio transmitter. Japanese airplanes strike the island right after the wedding ritual.
While they wait for the submarine from the Navy to arrive, Japanese invade the island. Mr. Eckland manages to distract the Japanese and escape safely.
Released in 1964, Father Goose was a romantic comedy directed by Ralph Nelson. It was nominated for three Oscars and won one Oscar for Best Screenplay, Writing. Other categories include Best Sound and Best Film Editing.
During the time of WWII may American reporters were deputed in Europe to narrate the war. This is a story of an American radio reporter Pat ‘O’ Toole played by Cary Grant, his various adventures across Europe while covering the war. American burlesque Katie ‘O’ Hara marries an Austrian millionaire Baron Von Luber for her social climbing. Pat sees this marriage as an opportunity to expose the alleged suspected ties of Baron with the Nazis.
Pat is after a story as he follows Katie and Baron on their honeymoon across many countries of Europe. One can see country after country falling under Nazi regime penned by Baron’s involvement.
Pat falls in love with Katie. Upon realising her husband’s role with Nazis, she escapes from the Baron by faking her death. When Nazi regime had strengthened their hold in Europe, Katie, owing to her patriotic obligations decides to don the role of a spy and goes back to Baron.
The final scene exposes the foolishness of Baron and the Nazi regime when Pat upon agreement with Baron delivers a radio speech to public quite contrary to what was agreed upon.
This movie represents the typical Cary Grant, playing his comic – serious, eligible bachelor roles at that time. Pretty looking Ginger Rogers does justice to her role with her range of facial expressions and demonstrates her acting skills.
Look out for the comic timing of most actors as this film turned out to be just an entertainer. Keeping the mood of early 1940’s in America, it turns out to be another way of looking at WWII from an American perspective. Released in 1942, Leo McCarey directs this comical adventure which was nominated for Best Oscar for sound recording.