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Goodbye, Mr. Chips -- Six-time Oscar-nominated romantic classic about a staid schoolmaster whose heart is thawed by a beautiful young woman. Starring Robert Donat, Greer Garson and Paul Henreid.


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R.C. Sherriff (screen play) &
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Release Date:
28 July 1939 (USA) See more »
At The Top Of The Year's "Ten Best" - The picture that earns for 1939 a proud place in motion-picture history! See more »
An aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school recalls his career and his personal life over the decades. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Goodbye old values! See more (80 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Donat ... Mr. Chips

Greer Garson ... Katherine
Terry Kilburn ... John Colley / Peter Colley I / Peter Colley II / Peter Colley III

John Mills ... Peter Colley (as a young man)

Paul Henreid ... Staefel (as Paul Von Hernried)
Judith Furse ... Flora

Lyn Harding ... Wetherby
Milton Rosmer ... Chatteris
Frederick Leister ... Marsham
Louise Hampton ... Mrs. Wickett
Austin Trevor ... Ralston
David Tree ... Jackson
Edmund Breon ... Colonel Morgan (as Edmond Breon)
Jill Furse ... Helen Colley
Scott Sunderland ... Sir John Colley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leonard Boucher ... (uncredited)
Henry Caine ... Bit Role (uncredited)
David Croft ... Perkins - Greengrocer's Boy (uncredited)
Leo de Pokorny ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Clive Dunn ... Youth (uncredited)
Cyril Frankel ... Schoolboy Extra (uncredited)
Peter Gawthorne ... Army General (uncredited)
Dane Gordon ... Cast Member (uncredited)
Martita Hunt ... British Tourist on Bicycle (uncredited)
Simon Lack ... Wainwright (uncredited)
Jack Lambert ... (uncredited)

John Longden ... Raven (uncredited)
Patrick Ludlow ... (uncredited)
Guy Middleton ... McCulloch (uncredited)
Phyllis Morris ... (uncredited)
Cyril Raymond ... Teacher (uncredited)
J.H. Roberts ... Doctor (uncredited)

Michael Shepley ... Teacher (uncredited)

Nigel Stock ... John Forrester (uncredited)
Ronald Ward ... (uncredited)
Caven Watson ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Wood 
Sidney Franklin (uncredited)
Writing credits
R.C. Sherriff (screen play) &
Claudine West (screen play) and
Eric Maschwitz (screen play)

James Hilton (book "Goodbye, Mr. Chips!")

Produced by
Victor Saville .... producer
Cinematography by
Freddie Young (photographed by) (as F.A. Young)
Film Editing by
Charles Frend 
Art Direction by
Alfred Junge 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Harold Boxall .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
E.M. Smedley-Aston .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
C.C. Stevens .... recordist
A.W. Watkins .... recordist
John W. Mitchell .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Hopkinson .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Gerry Massy-Collier .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Richard Addinsell .... composer: special music
Louis Levy .... musical director
Sidney Franklin .... to... for his contribution in the preparation of the production... grateful acknowledgment
Irving Thalberg .... we wish to acknowledge here our gratitude to, whose inspiration illuminates the picture of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips". James Hilton, Victor Saville, Sam Wood, Sidney a Franklin, RC Sherriff, Claudine West, Eric Maschwitz (as the late Irving Thalberg)
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Also Known As:
"Goodbye Mr. Chips!" - USA (alternative title)
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114 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Germany:0 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #5086) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review)

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The film takes place from 1870 to 1933.See more »
Factual errors: Miss Kathy tells Chips that the ballroom in Vienna is where Metternich drew up "the treaty of the five kings" (referring to the Congress of Vienna in 1814 ending the Napoleonic Wars) "nearly 100 years ago." But the montage after Kathy's death makes clear she died before the Boer War (1899) and Queen Victoria's funeral (1901). 100 years after the Congress of Vienna was 1914, the start of World War I when Chips becomes acting headmaster and Kathy is spoken of as having died long ago.See more »
Katherine:I'm sorry, I wasn't in any danger.See more »
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A Thousand and One NightsSee more »


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47 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Goodbye old values!, 16 November 2001
Author: uds3 from Longmont, Colorado

In the top TEN films of all time, I want to believe that Mr Chips exists for all school-children, that his spirit still hovers around places of learning waiting to guide those who might follow his lead as to decency, strength of character, gentility of nature and spiritual purity. Alas, Mr Chips is not required in 2001!

This film, the story of a gentle English teacher at a British Boarding school, is so timeless and emotionally involving, I find it hard to write about it without having to control my own feelings. Not a wuss by one hell of a long shot, and having last openly cried probably the last time I saw this film, I can only say that exposure to Robert Donat's performance here in the role which won him the most deserving of Academy Awards, is perhaps one of the greatest things can happen in your life. If you think I might be exaggerating, do me a favor - don't watch it! If you watch it and aren't moved, especially when his wife dies, then your life is meaningless!

GOODBYE MR CHIPS is probably the most beautiful film of all time and is a reminder of what we are all really here for. It's not that new pair of trendy shoes, the Rolex, the yellow drop-top with twin exhaust, that sharp Armani suit, the Chanel parfum, the 50,000 shares you picked up for a song last week, your blonde-tipped rinse, Nike shoes or $100 tie.....its for what Mr Chips STOOD for in 1939...and I got news for you, he's still here with his text-book open at the next lesson!

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