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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)

A shy, withdrawn English schoolteacher falls for a flashy showgirl.


Herbert Ross


James Hilton (novel), Terence Rattigan (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Alison Leggatt ... Headmaster's Wife
Jenny Runacre
Clinton Greyn Clinton Greyn ... Bill Calbury
Barbara Couper Barbara Couper ... Mrs. Paunceforth
Michael Culver ... Johnny Longbridge
Elspeth March ... Mrs. Summersthwaite
Clive Morton ... General Paunceforth
Ronnie Stevens ... Algie


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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English | Latin

Release Date:

25 November 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Adiós, Mr. Chips See more »


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Costume designer Julie Harris had to provide 30 changes of costumes for Petula Clark, 14 for Peter O'Toole, and 3 different changes of school uniform for 300 schoolboys. (Kine Weekly 28/12/1968) See more »


Chips: [to his students] There was a boy who, when asked to translate into Latin Tennyson's beautiful lines "Break, break, break on Thy cold grey stones, O Sea," came up with "O fluctus, fluctus, rumpety-rumpety jam!" (laughter from the class) He's now a bishop. (More laughter)
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Alternate Versions

Following the initial roadshow bookings, the film was cut to 133 minutes, with many of its musical numbers deleted. This was possibly a questionable decision considering many of the songs were instrumental in explaining the characters' inner thoughts and emotions. This cut version was originally used for initial television network broadcasts but the full roadshow version (complete with overture and entr'acte music) is now shown on TCM. See more »


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What A Lot of Flowers (Reprise)
Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Peter O'Toole
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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"
20 March 2005 | by ruby_fffSee all my reviews

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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