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James Hilton (novel)
Terence Rattigan (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 December 1969 (Sweden) See more »
He is a shy schoolmaster. She is a music hall star. They marry and immediately have 283 children...all boys! See more »
A shy, withdrawn English schoolteacher falls for a flashy showgirl. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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My cup of tea: the pairing of O'Toole and Clark in director Herbert Ross' 1969 musical adaptation of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" See more (42 total) »


  (in credits order)

Peter O'Toole ... Arthur Chipping

Petula Clark ... Katherine Bridges

Michael Redgrave ... The Headmaster

George Baker ... Lord Sutterwick

Siân Phillips ... Ursula Mossbank
Michael Bryant ... Max Staefel
Jack Hedley ... William Baxter
Alison Leggatt ... Headmaster's Wife
Jenny Runacre
Clinton Greyn ... Bill Calbury
Barbara Couper ... Mrs. Paunceforth
Michael Culver ... Johnny Longbridge
Elspeth March ... Mrs. Summersthwaite
Clive Morton ... General Paunceforth
Ronnie Stevens ... Algie
Mario Maranzana ... Pompeii Guide
John Gugolka ... Sutterwick Jr.
Michael Ridgeway ... David
Tom Owen ... Farley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Audreson ... (uncredited)
Julian Barnes ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Leo Britt ... Elder Master (uncredited)
Nicholas Frankau ... Tardy Student (uncredited)
Gary Graham ... Schoolboy (uncredited)

Elspet Gray ... Lady Sutterwick (uncredited)
David Frankie Harman ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Patricia Hayes ... Miss Honeybun (uncredited)
Mark Danvers Heron ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Barbara Knox ... (uncredited)
Jeremy Lloyd ... Johnson (uncredited)
Craig Marriott ... New Boy (uncredited)
Jack May ... Price (uncredited)
James Payne ... Man at Theatre (uncredited)
Jeremy Ranchev ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Stephen Reed ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Sheila Steafel ... Tilly (uncredited)
Royston Tickner ... Policeman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Herbert Ross 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Hilton  novel
Terence Rattigan  screenplay

Produced by
Mort Abrahams .... associate producer
Arthur P. Jacobs .... producer
Original Music by
John Williams (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris 
Film Editing by
Ralph Kemplen 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
Production Design by
Ken Adam 
Art Direction by
Maurice Fowler 
Costume Design by
Julie Harris 
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... makeup supervisor
Ivy Emmerton .... hairdresser
Bill Lodge .... makeup creator: Mr. O'Toole
Production Management
Dennis Hall .... production manager
David W. Orton .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominic Fulford .... assistant director
Art Department
Reg Bream .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Mickey Lennon .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Charles Torbett .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Bramall .... sound recordist
John Poyner .... dubbing editor
J.B. Smith .... dubbing mixer
A.W. Watkins .... recording supervisor
Brian Hickin .... foley editor (uncredited)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jimmy Turrell .... camera operator (as Jim Turrell)
Brian West .... photographer: second unit
Kenneth Atherfold .... grip (uncredited)
Dennis Fraser .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Wardale .... gaffer (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Michael R. Sloan .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Ian Fraser .... associate musical supervisor
William Saracino .... music editor
John Williams .... conductor
John Williams .... music supervisor
Jack Clegg .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Gordon Langford .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Lindup .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Rita Davison .... continuity
Nora Kaye .... special assistant: Mr. Ross
Peter Perkins .... production assistant

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Additional Details

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USA:155 min | 152 min (original version) | 148 min (video version)
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:S | Peru:PT | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:G

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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 »
Calbury:I've met you somewhere before. I certainly remember that voice.
Chips:Now here are your stick and hat, and that, as you plainly know, is the front door.
Calbury:Katie, you...?
Chips:Straight ahead, please.
Calbury:That voice. There's something about it. I don't know who you are, but I can guess what you are. You're a school teacher, aren't you?
Calbury:I bet you give your boys hell.
Chips:Only the bad ones.
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
My cup of tea: the pairing of O'Toole and Clark in director Herbert Ross' 1969 musical adaptation of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips", 20 March 2005
Author: Ruby Liang (ruby_fff) from sf, usa

Caught this 1969 film on cable TCM one night. I remember when I first saw the film in Hong Kong, I really enjoyed the songs and performances by Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark. I love Clark best in Francis Ford Coppola's "Finian's Rainbow" (1968) opposite Fred Astaire, Don Francks and Tommy Steele. Simply ecstatic to learn that finally, this delightful Irish-flavored pot of gold musical is released on DVD! Ah, "it's that old devil moon (in your eyes)."

Peter O'Toole as Mr. Chips - yes, he did sing - quite a deliverance. He may not be a veteran at musical like Rex Harrison, but he inhabited the role marvelously. The scene of him running across the lawn in his cape a-flying reminds me of the PBS series, "To Serve Them All My Days" - a lovable schoolmaster and loving man, he is, 'Mr. Chipey.' Clark and O'Toole somehow gave us just the right mix of spunk and circumstance. The songs and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse are catchy as usual. The tunes of "You and I" and "Walk Through the World (with Me)" stayed with me the most all these years. And there's "What a Lot of Flowers," "And the Sky Smiled," "Fill the World with Love" - not syrupy at all. Sometimes I think if the world is immersed in Bricusse's songs and words, we would overcome all strife on earth and 'lovely' will be all our days! Yes, "Talk to the Animals," too. ("Doctor Doolittle" 1967)

Musicals are a blessing to the world of moviegoers, they are somehow larger than life. Like the music and lyrics by the Sherman Brothers (Richard M. and Robert B.) who gave us "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1968) and "Mary Poppins" (1964) - who wouldn't feel absolutely delighted simply uttering "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"? I was tickled by even just one featured song & dance number in the Spanish film "Km.0 - Kilometer Zero" (2000). My all time favorite is French filmmaker Jacques Demy's "Young Girls of Rochefort" (1967) with colorful cast of Catherine Deneuve and (late sister) Francoise Dorléac, Jacques Perrin, Michel Piccoli, Danielle Darrieux, Gene Kelly and George Chakiris singing, dancing to Michel Legrand's music. Long live musicals.

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