Father Goose

Synopsis: During World War II South Sea beachcomber Walter Eckland is persuaded to spy on planes passing over his island. He gets more than he bargained for as schoolteacher Catherine Frenau arrives on the run from the Japanese with her pupils in tow!
Director(s): Ralph Nelson
Production: Universal
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
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118 min

- I beg your pardon?

- The coast watching service.

It's a chance to become a hero.

Why would I want to do that?

It's a cushy assignment for anyone

who knows these waters intimately.

With never a dull moment, I can tell you!

Working behind the enemy lines...

Stebbings, please.

Walter, listen to me.

There's nothing to it really. Each man is

assigned an island, often uninhabited.

He stays there alone and

radios to headquarters

any movement of Japanese

planes or ships which...

- You're not listening to me, are you?

- Hold it, hold it.

Hey, hey, hey! Come on! Beat it, scram!

Come on! Get off!

Did you hear what I was saying?

- No, what were you saying?

- About the coastwatchers.

Matalava will be in the centre of things

when the Japanese move towards New Guinea.

It's important work, Walter.

Damned important.

I'd like you to volunteer.

Oh, I'd love to, Frank,

but I've only just volunteered for

another important watching service,

the 'Watch Out For

Walter Eckland' service.

A great many lives are

at stake, Mr Eckland.

Now listen to me, both of you.

Several years ago, I made

peace with the world.

If the world isn't bright

enough to make peace

with itself, it'll have to

settle things without me.

It isn't anything

permanent, Walter.

It's just until I find

a replacement for you.

The other man went down with fever

and we had to take him off.

Well, now, Frank. You've

known me a long time.

Do you really think you're

gonna talk me into it?

No, I suppose not.

Stebbings, confiscate all the

small craft on this pier.

- But this is the only one there is, sir.

- Confiscate it.

- Frank, you won't get away with that.

- Proceed with your orders, Stebbings.

- Aye-aye, sir.

- Frank, you can't do this to me!

I'll go over your head.

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Peter Stone

Peter Hess Stone (February 27, 1930 – April 26, 2003) was an American writer for theater, television and movies. Stone is perhaps best remembered by the general public for the screenplays he wrote or co-wrote in the mid-1960s, Charade (1963), Father Goose (1964), and Mirage (1965). more…

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