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Lord Sutterwick
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Ursula Mossbank
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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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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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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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When the character of Ursula gushed over Chips, asking Katherine to let her have him when she was done with him, there was some truth in the line. Ursula, played by Siân Phillips, was in real life Mrs. Peter O'Toole. 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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Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

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Fill the World With Love
Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Orchestra and Boys Chorus
Conducted by John Williams
Played during main titles
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A memorable piece of movie nostalgia!
10 April 2000 | by (Newcastle upon Tyne, England) – See all my reviews

MGM produced this beautiful film at a genuine British Public School and I think anyone who attended one of those institutions during the 1940s or 50s will agree that the mood and authenticity of the film is spot on! Peter O'Toole's performance in the title role is extremely moving and Petula Clark is an unexpected choice for "Mrs Chipping" but she is first rate in the part. I note that some commentators were unimpressed with the Leslie Bricusse score. Well, all I can say is that I wore out my vinyl LP copy within one month of buying it when the film was first released. Incidentally, a short version of the film was released on 16 millimetre film in the UK with virtually EVERY song cut out and it was just awful without the music. But the full musical version is a delight.


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