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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 »
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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)

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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:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Night in Casablanca (1946)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Cuckoo and the NightingaleSee more »

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36 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
More cudos, 28 March 2000
Author: philipmorrison from Raleigh, NC

I wouldn't add anything to what my fellow-reviewers have said except for the fact that this is my favorite movie of all time. I watch it whenever I am depressed about the depths to which humans are capable of going (which is all too often depicted in modern movies). This movie portrays the opposite.

Chipping starts out as a teacher who, because of an introverted personality, has trouble communicating with the students in his charge and with his superiors. Before going on the trip on which he meets his beloved, he is passed over for a promotion as head of a residence hall, despite the fact that he has seniority. He is also made fun of by his students and finds he must revert to a strict form of discipline to keep them in line; he is not a popular teacher as a result. He is at a low ebb, starting to think that he is a failure in life.

Then, on a vacation to continental Europe, he meets the character played by Greer Garson. They have a whirlwind romance, which, in itself, is so enjoyable to watch. He is so clumsy in his advances. And she is amused by him. The actors do a great job of showing the chemistry between the characters.

They eventually get married, which gives "Chips" the confidence he had lacked. His wife makes some suggestions which helps him find the balance of discipline and fun with the students, and he soon comes to love his students as he would his own children, and, in the process, becomes one of the most popular teachers in the school.

One of my favorite aspects of this movie is its idyllic view of marriage. It really shows what marriage "could" be (two people coming together to become stronger as a unit than they would have been separately--another movie of this vintage which portrays the same is "Stars and Stripes, Forever", the biopic of John Phillip Sousa).

Robert Donat's performance, as the other reviewers have noted, is of the highest caliber--ever. And, Greer Garson's role was all too short. Also, of note are Chipping's friend who invites him to Europe and urges him ahead in his romance, and, of course, the various children who come into his life.

Macho men must be careful with this one. If it doesn't make you cry, nothing will. It may be best to take your girlfriend with you so that she can see your sensitive side.

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