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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 »
Genre:
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:
triumph for MGM British See more (88 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:

John Blythe ... Boy calling Assembly (uncredited)
Leonard Boucher ... (uncredited)
Henry Caine ... Bit Role (uncredited)
H. Carleton-Crowe ... Mr. Chips's Batman (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)

Merle Tottenham ... Nellie, maid to Mr & Mrs Chipping (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)
 
Art Department
Clarence J. Falk .... greens supervisor (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
 
Thanks
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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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:0 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #5086) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
John Hamilton Wetherby was born in 1820 and died in 1888. He was the headmaster of Brookfield School from 1860 until his death.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:
Katherine:It must be tremendously interesting to be a schoolmaster, to watch boys grow up and help them along; to see their characters develop and what they become when they leave school and the world gets hold of them. I don't see how you could ever get old in a world that's always young.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

What is the timeline sequence in the film?
What does "haec olim meminisse juvabit" mean?
What are the lyrics to the "Brookfield School Song"?
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22 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
triumph for MGM British, 22 February 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

The third in the series of films MGM made in Britain was perhaps their greatest triumph, with a well-deserved Academy Award for Robert Donat, who played Mr Chips over a span of 60 years very convincingly. Always a great actor, Donat was perhaps at his best in this story covering the history of a schoolmaster from his first appearance at the school as a young idealist, through crusty middle age (and a change when he meets charming Greer Garson, in her first screen appearance, stranded up an Austrian mountain) and into his much loved dotage as a kind of human fixture and fittings of Brookfield School.

James Hilton's book is developed here to give not only a view of the English public school system which probably never existed, but to cover issues such as the Great War with some power. The film is extremely touching in places - whether this is because of the acting or the excellent music I'm not quite sure. I do know that this version of the film is streets ahead of the misguided musical version which appeared three decades later with Peter O'Toole in the lead.

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