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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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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:
One of the Best Movies of Its Kind See more (81 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) &
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:
The film takes place from 1870 to 1933.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:
[on his first day at Brookfield School, Mr. Chipping is attempting to bring his unruly class under his control]
Mr. Chipping 'Mr. Chips':Silence! Silence! I'll have no more of it!
John Colley:No more silence, sir?
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Soundtrack:
Brookfield School SongSee more »

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22 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best Movies of Its Kind, 4 November 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

Amongst those movies that aim to use straightforward human drama alone to tell a thoughtful story, "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" is one of the finest. Robert Donat's performance gives you not just one character to remember, but several, as he convincingly portrays Chipping's different personas at different stages of his life.

Greer Garson is also excellent in her role, and Paul Henreid gets some good scenes as well. These relationships and others throughout the movie make for a believable and memorable portrayal of the title character, and also of the world in which he lived. The story is well-written, and it includes a very good variety of material, showing the characters dealing with everything from eager anticipation to grave concern, from blissful joy to great sorrow, and much in between.

The panorama from generation to generation also works well, showing both change and stability as time passes. While only a handful of scenes contain weighty material, all of it is thoughtful, and much of it memorable. It keeps everything balanced and believable, and it's been a good while since any movie of its kind has worked so well.

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