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Goodbye, Mr. Chips ()


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A shy, withdrawn English schoolteacher falls for a flashy showgirl.

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Arthur Chipping
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Katherine Bridges
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The Headmaster
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Lord Sutterwick
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Ursula Mossbank
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Max Staefel
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William Baxter
Alison Leggatt ...
Headmaster's Wife
Clinton Greyn ...
Bill Calbury
Barbara Couper ...
Mrs. Paunceforth
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Johnny Longbridge
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Mrs. Summersthwaite
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General Paunceforth
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Algie
Mario Maranzana ...
Pompeii Guide
John Gugolka ...
Sutterwick Jr.
Michael Ridgeway ...
David
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Farley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Perry Bedden ...
School Boy (singingVoice)
Michael Audreson ...
(uncredited)
Julian Barnes ...
Schoolboy (uncredited)
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Schoolboy (uncredited)
Leo Britt ...
Elder Master (uncredited)
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Tardy Student (uncredited)
Gary Graham ...
Schoolboy (uncredited)
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Lady Sutterwick (uncredited)
David Frankie Harman ...
Schoolboy (uncredited)
Patricia Hayes ...
Miss Honeybun (uncredited)
Mark Danvers Heron ...
Schoolboy (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
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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)
Robert Rietty ...
Jenkins (uncredited) (voice)
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Tilly (uncredited)
Royston Tickner ...
Policeman (uncredited)
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Chairman of the Board of Governors (uncredited)
Raymond Ward ...
Schoolboy (uncredited)
Robert Wisepart ...
Head Boy (uncredited)

Directed by

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Herbert Ross

Written by

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James Hilton ... (novel)
 
Terence Rattigan ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Mort Abrahams ... associate producer
Arthur P. Jacobs ... producer

Music by

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John Williams ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Oswald Morris

Film Editing by

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Ralph Kemplen

Editorial Department

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John Grover ... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Michael R. Sloan ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Irene Howard ... (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Ken Adam

Art Direction by

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Maurice Fowler

Costume Design by

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Julie Harris

Makeup Department

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George Blackler ... makeup supervisor
Ivy Emmerton ... hairdresser
Bill Lodge ... makeup creator: Mr. O'Toole
Colin Jamison ... assistant hairdresser (uncredited)

Production Management

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Dennis Hall ... production manager
David W. Orton ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Dominic Fulford ... assistant director
Eamonn Duffy ... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Gary White ... third assistant director: second unit (uncredited)

Art Department

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Reg Bream ... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Mickey Lennon ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Charles Torbett ... property master (uncredited)

Sound Department

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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)
John Streeter ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jimmy Turrell ... camera operator (as Jim Turrell)
Brian West ... photographer: second unit
Kenneth Atherfold ... grip (uncredited)
Denis Fraser ... grip (uncredited)
Frank Wardale ... gaffer (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby ... special still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Betty Adamson ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Ian Fraser ... associate musical supervisor
John Lyon School Motet Choir ... choir
William Saracino ... music editor
John Williams ... conductor / music supervisor
Jack Clegg ... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Gordon Langford ... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Lindup ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Rita Davison ... continuity
Nora Kaye ... special assistant: Mr. Ross
Peter Perkins ... production assistant
Alexander De Grunwald ... production assistant (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. Katherine's arrival at Brookfield may change Chips' standing at the school. Further changes ensue for the Chips' and Brookfield with the onset of World War II. Written by Huggo

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Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • Good bye, M. Chips (France)
  • Adiós, Mr. Chips (Spain)
  • Adeus, Mr. Chips (Portugal)
  • Hyvästi, herra Chips (Finland)
  • Adiós, Mr. Chips (Mexico)
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  • 155 min
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Budget $9,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia When the character of Ursula gushes over Chips, asking Katherine to let her have him when she was done with him, there is some truth in the line. Ursula, played by Siân Phillips, was in real life Mrs. Peter O'Toole. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003). See more »
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Quotes Katie: [looking at a carving] What does that mean?
Chips: Gnothe seauthon. Know yourself. The watchword of Apollo.
Katie: The god of prophecy?
Chips: Among other things...
[Later at the close of the scene]
Katie: [contemplating the temple she has visited] Know yourself. That's quite a watchword. Gnothe seauthon.
Chips: You're most retentive.
Katie: Give me a good line and I can remember it.
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