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Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 21 February 1941 (USA)
Dedicated Midwestern teacher Ella Bishop is distressed when her fiancé runs off with her vixenish cousin Amy. After Amy dies in childbirth, Ella is left to care for Amy's daughter Hope.

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Tay Garnett

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Bess Streeter Aldrich (novel), Stephen Vincent Benet (screen adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martha Scott ... Ella Bishop
William Gargan ... Sam Peters
Edmund Gwenn ... President Corcoran
Sterling Holloway ... Chris Jensen
Dorothy Peterson ... Mrs. Bishop
Sidney Blackmer ... John Stevens
Mary Anderson ... Amy Saunders
Donald Douglas ... Delbert Thompson
Marsha Hunt ... Hope Thompson
John Archer ... Richard Clark (as Ralph Bowman)
Lois Ranson ... Gretchen Clark
Rosemary DeCamp ... Minna Fields
Knox Manning ... Anton Radcheck
John Arledge ... 'Snapper' MacRae
Jack Mulhall ... Professor Carter
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Spinster septuagenarian Ella Bishop, on the brink of retirement from her fifty-two year career as the freshman English teacher at small town Midwestern University, her alma mater, wants to look toward the future, but can't help reflect upon her past, what brought her to this point. Although she always wanted to be a teacher and was both surprised and ecstatic when her mentor, Midwestern's then President James Corcoran, offered her the English teacher opening upon graduation, she only saw it as one short phase of her life until she got married and had a family, unlike her younger cousin, Amy Saunders, who solely needed romance and love to feel fulfilled. She thinks about the two men with who she was mutually in love and would have married if she could have if it not for one circumstance or another, and the one man whose love for her was and is unrequited, at least in the romantic sense, but who was and has always been there for her. Although never haven given birth to a child of her ... Written by Huggo

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The WOMAN you'll never forget! The LOVE STORY you'll never forget! The PICTURE you'll never forget! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dueña de su destino See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Ella Bishop: [Slowly rising from her seat] President Corcoran, do you mean... Well, of course I know you couldn't mean... But I can't help thinking that you might mean... President Corcoran, do you mean I...
James Corcoran, Midwestern U. President: Oh dear dear dear. There's a heap of repetition in that sentence... for a teacher of freshman English!
Ella Bishop: Oh...
James Corcoran, Midwestern U. President: I take it you're going to accept?
Ella Bishop: Accept? Accept? Well, if I could... If I could only... Well, President Corcoran!
[Kisses him on the forehead then runs away]
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A Woman's 'Mr. Chips'
27 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a kind of a female "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" with Martha Scott in the lead. Unlike "Chips," however, this one centered more around the lead's relationships with the opposite sex than it did her teaching career.

The film starts off well with some wonderful old-fashioned goodness that one can only find in the movies during the 1930s or 1940s. Edmund Gwenn, who plays the president of the college featured in the film, begins a meeting with a prayer! Can you see that in today's films?

Unfortunately, Scott's morals deteriorate as she has a relationship with a married man. Later, her granddaughter thinks of doing the same. Nowhere in the film does it hint that perhaps that is the wrong thing to do! The only comment was that if you have kids, it would cause a scandal inferring that otherwise, hey, go for it! No wonder the Liberal critics love this movie.

If you like women's films, you probably will like this as romance is the main theme. To me, the beginning and the sentimental ending were nice but the bulk of the story.....well, better for someone who prefers "soaps."


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