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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 28 July 1939 (USA)
An aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school recalls his career and his personal life over the decades.

Directors:

Sam Wood, Sidney Franklin (uncredited)

Writers:

R.C. Sherriff (screen play), Claudine West (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Frederick Leister ... Marsham
Louise Hampton Louise Hampton ... Mrs. Wickett
Austin Trevor ... Ralston
David Tree ... Jackson
Edmund Breon ... Colonel Morgan (as Edmond Breon)
Jill Furse Jill Furse ... Helen Colley
Scott Sunderland Scott Sunderland ... Sir John Colley
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Storyline

An old classics teacher looks back over his long career, remembering pupils and colleagues, and above all the idyllic courtship and marriage that transformed his life. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin | German

Release Date:

28 July 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Goodbye Mr. Chips! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Max Staefel was the German master at Brookfield School from 1890 to 1902. See more »

Goofs

After his retirement dinner, Chips is told of the assassination of "some Austrian arch-duke," leading to the outbreak of "the great war." Arch-duke Franz Ferdinand was killed on June 28, 1914, when public schools like Brookfield would not have been in session and students and faculty would not be on campus. See more »

Quotes

[dying words]
Mr. Chipping 'Mr. Chips': I thought I heard you saying it was a pity... pity I never had any children. But you're wrong. I have. Thousands of them. Thousands of them... and all boys.
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Referenced in Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Mad Hops (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Brookfield School Song
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Addinsell
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz
Performed by orchestra in opening credits
Sung by male chorus during school assembly and during closing credits
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triumph for MGM British
22 February 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

The third in the series of films MGM made in Britain was perhaps their greatest triumph, with a well-deserved Academy Award for Robert Donat, who played Mr Chips over a span of 60 years very convincingly. Always a great actor, Donat was perhaps at his best in this story covering the history of a schoolmaster from his first appearance at the school as a young idealist, through crusty middle age (and a change when he meets charming Greer Garson, in her first screen appearance, stranded up an Austrian mountain) and into his much loved dotage as a kind of human fixture and fittings of Brookfield School.

James Hilton's book is developed here to give not only a view of the English public school system which probably never existed, but to cover issues such as the Great War with some power. The film is extremely touching in places - whether this is because of the acting or the excellent music I'm not quite sure. I do know that this version of the film is streets ahead of the misguided musical version which appeared three decades later with Peter O'Toole in the lead.


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