Father Goose (1964)

credit: www.childstarlets.comAfter being tricked by the Big Bad Wolf, Mother Goose gets stuck on an island with Goody Two Shoes and seven little girls. And it’s finally confirmed that Cary Grant takes naps in his underwear.


This is actually a pretty funny movie. While most people wouldn’t classify Cary Grant as a comedian, I consider him one of the funniest dead people I know.

This was one of Cary Grant’s last films, and he had a lot of control in its production. I read somewhere he originally wanted Audrey Hepburn, but she was busy with My Fair Lady. Leslie Caron (the one in An American in Paris) ended up in the role, and she does a great job.

By the way, this movie has the most foul-mouthed cussing you will ever not hear. Every time Cary Grant’s character swears, they find a way to cut him off or hide the sound. It’s amazing. And funny.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: Apparently, if you don’t want to kneel down when you propose marriage, you can just slap the lucky girl in the face.

I’ve already written one or two posts about fathers, and I know I’m a week early for Father’s Day, but this was too good to pass up.

This movie is a great example of showing how a selfish man can learn to put others before himself, which is the silent responsibility expected of all fathers.

credit: www.movieactors.comFatherhood is not making kids. It’s raising kids. And the father’s primary responsibility in raising children is providing for them. So what exactly does it mean for a father to provide for his family?

In the case of “Father” Goose, it meant spending less time taking care of himself, and more time taking care of those kids. For the rest of us it first means finding a job. Or two. Or ten. Real fathers don’t ask their wives to go to work so they can sit at home playing video games while their children wander somewhere else for attention.

Fatherhood is a God-given responsibility to make sure our families are physically and spiritually provided with the basic fundamentals of a happy life.

Here are a few other things any man who calls himself a father should know:

  • Fathers don’t yell.
  • Fathers don’t abuse their families.
  • Fathers take their kids to church—their kids don’t take them.
  • Fathers give up their seats. And their coats. And anything else they have that their wives and children don’t.
  • Fathers don’t look at pornography. Not even once.
  • Fathers love their children’s mother.

I know there are a million other bullet points that I could add, but I don’t have to. Every father has a conscience, and we can figure it out. None of us are perfect, but we don’t have to have all the answers if we consistently practice the important ones.

 “If any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” – 1 Timothy 5:8

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