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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)

G  |   |  Drama, Musical, Romance  |  9 December 1969 (Sweden)
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A shy, withdrawn English schoolteacher falls for a flashy showgirl.

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Lord Sutterwick
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Ursula Mossbank
Michael Bryant ...
Jack Hedley ...
William Baxter
Alison Leggatt ...
Headmaster's Wife
Clinton Greyn ...
Bill Calbury
Barbara Couper ...
Mrs. Paunceforth
Michael Culver ...
Johnny Longbridge
Elspeth March ...
Mrs. Summersthwaite
Clive Morton ...
General Paunceforth
Ronnie Stevens ...
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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Originally cast in the lead roles were Rex Harrison and Samantha Eggar, who were replaced by Richard Burton and Lee Remick. When MGM opted to replace Remick with Petula Clark, based on her reviews and Golden Globe nomination for Finian's Rainbow (1968), Burton balked at playing opposite a "singer" rather than an "actress", so Peter O'Toole was cast instead. See more »

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Katie: Sorry, am I going too fast for you?
Chips: My dear young lady, I could easily go just as fast as you if I cared to risk a broken ankle and be carried back on a stretcher. It's extremely foolish to leap around in a ruined circus like a mountain goat. Especially in those shoes. These stones are treacherous.
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When I Am Older
Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Boys Chorus
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Can't top the original...but better than I thought..
4 August 2003 | by (Fords,NJ) – See all my reviews

Yes 1939/Robert Donat-Greer Garson version was the best...Perfection..Donat won the Oscar in a very tough year..Gable in GWTW & James Stewart as Mr. Smith. were 2 of his competitors. .wow was that a rough year.. Most critics in NY hated this version. so.didnt see in theatre! Finally saw this A.M. on TCM & enjoyed..Peter O'Toole was excellent & glad he was Oscar nominated for this,,& esp pleased Oscar finally gave him a special award this past year... Petula Clark was good as Mrs. Chips but her character,i feel was poorly written...Some good songs esp. You & I... sung by Ms.Clark & later recorded by many others including T.Bennett/S. Bassey & Carmen MacRae.... the b&w version was more authentic.. but this is a good film beautifully photographed in color & panavision... enjoyable worth seeing & Bravo, again, Mr. O'Toole!


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