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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:
One of the best films ever made See more (80 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:
34-year-old Robert Donat ages 63 years (1870-1933) over the course of the film. He remarked: "As soon as I put the mustache on, I felt the part, even if I did look like a great Airedale come out of a puddle."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:
[dying words]
Mr. Chipping 'Mr. Chips':I thought I heard you saying it was a pity... pity I never had any children. But you're wrong. I have. Thousands of them. Thousands of them... and all boys.
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Soundtrack:
Wine Women and SongSee more »

FAQ

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What are the lyrics to the "Brookfield School Song"?
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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
One of the best films ever made, 25 July 2006
Author: giles_osborne_2 from United Kingdom

Goodbye Mr Chips must be one of the best films ever made.

The acting of boys, masters and other characters is superb, as is the capturing of the late Victorian/Edwardian period in England, the joy of 1914 on the declaration of war, followed by the sombre roll-calls of the dead in chapel during the war years.

The character of Chips is an instruction in how someone's life can be transformed for the better by fortuitous events, in this case the meeting on the mountain between Chips and Katherine, which changed him from being a shy but well-meaning schoolmaster who found it difficult to establish a rapport with his pupils and colleagues into someone whose hidden depths and charisma were brought into view by a woman he loved.

This gentle, decent and moving film illustrates, through both Chips and Katherine, the importance of giving of oneself to others who in their turn will benefit as human beings; concepts which might seem outdated in our modern world but remain valuable and timeless.

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