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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)

A shy, withdrawn English schoolteacher falls for a flashy showgirl.

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The Headmaster
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Lord Sutterwick
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Ursula Mossbank
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William Baxter
Alison Leggatt ...
Headmaster's Wife
Clinton Greyn ...
Bill Calbury
Barbara Couper ...
Mrs. Paunceforth
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Johnny Longbridge
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Mrs. Summersthwaite
Clive Morton ...
General Paunceforth
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Algie
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Arthur Chipping is an academic teaching at Brookfield Boys School outside of London in the 1920's. Although he does what he considers best for his students, they don't much like him, nicknaming him "Ditchy", short for "dull as ditch water". His life changes when he meets Katherine Bridges, a music hall actress and a woman with a questionable past. She affectionately calls him Mr. Chips. Despite their differences, they fall in love. He in particular realizes that in striking a relationship, they will have many obstacles to overcome. He doesn't particularly like the world in which she is involved, including her friends and her profession, and she doesn't exactly fit the mold of a teacher's wife. Still, they decide to get married. She forgoes her career to be Mrs. Chips, living on campus as the housewife of a teacher at a proper boy's school. It is a world in which she will have to learn the rules, or at least bend them to her sensibilities, although she vows never to embarrass him. ... Written by Huggo

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He is a shy schoolmaster. She is a music hall star. They marry and immediately have 283 children...all boys! See more »

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24 November 1969 (UK)  »

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Adiós, Mr. Chips  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Katherine boards a bus on Sherborne Street, supposedly at the southern end, about to go up Cheap Street. The street was one way, the other direction, and the bus would have had trouble going very far along it even if there were no other traffic. The sight of a bus, there, going that direction gave locals watching the film quite a fright. See more »

Quotes

Ursula: Of course, you two are married or something, aren't you?
Chips: Married, madam, and quite definitely not something.
Ursula: I adore this man. When you're finished with him, Katie, lend him to me.
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Referenced in The Battle of Chile: Part III (1979) See more »

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Apollo
Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Petula Clark
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High quality and very entertaining, a true "love story".
6 September 2004 | by (Rocklin(Sacramento suburb), CA) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed the movie and the story immensely! I have seen the original(1939 I believe) and enjoyed them both. To really appreciate the story one must be familiar with English culture and customs. The prof.(Peter O'Toole) was dedicated to his school and "the boys" in that school. It was an English "public" school, which we in the U.S. refer to as a private school (E.G. Andover). He is a very ascetic person and, on the surface, gives the appearance of being stiff, stuffy, uncaring, and weak to the point of being effeminate. He is strict in his educational standards because he DOES care for "his lads", i.e., he doesn't want them to get a cheap or weak education. He meets(through introduction) a "dance hall girl"(Petula Clark) and is totally smitten. In England at the time, the reference to "dance hall" carried the connotation of extreme sexual promiscuity and was definitely "lower class". We find that the Prof. is in fact a very tough and courageous person as well as loyal to people and institutions that he loves and/or respects. Clark becomes more than a lover and wife...she "leavens" his personality and allows him to grow as a man and a person, much to the benefit of his beloved school and his own happiness. The first movie was set BEFORE WW II, this one goes through WW II, also, it is 1969( we've had the "British Invasion"...Beetles, etc. Clark had hits and was very popular then...still is to me), the music is great, color and photography excellent. I think O'Toole played the character perfectly! There ARE dedicated people like "Chips"...all around us but many do not receive the recognition. Very enjoyable movie and story!


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