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Director:
Writers:
R.C. Sherriff (screen play) &
Claudine West (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
28 July 1939 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
At The Top Of The Year's "Ten Best" - The picture that earns for 1939 a proud place in motion-picture history! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Donat gives one of the best performances in history. Wonderful movie! See more (77 total) »

Cast

  (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) (as R.C. Sherriff) &
Claudine West (screen play) and
Eric Maschwitz (screen play)

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

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 .... recording (as C. C. Stevens)
A.W. Watkins .... recording (as A. W. Watkins)
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 .... special music by
Louis Levy .... musical director
 
Thanks
Sidney Franklin .... grateful acknowledgment: for his contribution in the preparation of the production
Irving Thalberg .... acknowledgment
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Goodbye Mr. Chips!" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
114 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Germany:o.Al. | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (tv rating) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #5086) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Mr. Chips was modeled on W.H. Balgarnie, James Hilton's old classics master who taught for over 50 years at The Leys public school in Cambridge.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Mr. Chipping 'Mr. Chips':Well, remember me sometimes. I shall always remember you. "Haec olim meminisse iuvabit." I need not translate it for you.
[the phrase is from Virgil's Aeneid: "In the future, it will be pleasing to remember these things."]
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in At the Circus (1939)See more »
Soundtrack:
An der schönen blauen Donau Walzer (The Blue Danube Waltz) Op. 314See more »

FAQ

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What does "haec olim meminisse juvabit" mean?
What are the lyrics to the "Brookfield School Song"?
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46 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Donat gives one of the best performances in history. Wonderful movie!, 29 March 1999
Author: Pelrad from Shanghai, China

"Mr Chips" is a celebration of the teaching profession. "Chips" finishes teachers' college in England and is almost run over by the students his first day teaching. But he learns how to balance good teaching with the right amount and kind of discipline in order for his students to be guided into a good education. However, he is somewhat shy and almost always in earnest.

"Chips" takes a vacation and meets a woman while doing some hiking. She is his perfect match and they fall in love and marry and she helps him to come out of his shell. He begins cracking jokes that have the students rolling on the desks with laughter. The couple become more than just educators; they begin to care for the children in many other ways.

The film follows "Chips" throughout his growing old. He gives the children morale and courage during the horrors of the War. "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" shows the beauty and rewards of the teaching profession, though it can be very difficult at times. Robert Donat gives one of the greatest acting performances in history. Brilliant! (10 out of 10)

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