In the later years of the nineteenth century Latin master Mr. Chipping is the mainstay of Brookfields boys boarding school, a good teacher and a kindly person but he is considered to be married to the job so that it is a surprise when, on a walking holiday, he meets and marries the vivacious Kathie,who becomes his helpmate at the school but sadly pre-deceases him. Just before World War One insensitive new headmaster Ralston tries to edge Chipping out but the boys rally and Sir John Rivers, an old pupil of Chipping's and now head of the board of governors, invites him to stay and,when the war breaks out and Ralston joins up, Chipping becomes the new head. He is saddened by the waste of young lives in the pointless war and also by the death of his old friend and former German teacher Max, who had returned to his homeland to fight for Germany and he reminds the assembled boys that an individual's goodness is more important than their nationality. It is a sad day for all concerned when ...
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Did You Know?
Mr. Chipping tells his pupils about the mathematical theorem Pons Asinorum ("The Bridge of Donkeys"). This refers to Euclid's theorem that the angles opposite the equal sides of an isosceles triangle are equal. See more
When Mr. Chipping first kisses his wife-to-be, he is already wearing a wedding ring on his ring-finger. See more
[Chipping has threatened to resign because he is being ordered by Ralston, the new headmaster, to make fundamental changes and modernisations to the way that he teaches and he is vigorously opposed to these changes. In Assembly, Ralston assumes that Sir John Rivers, Chairman of the Governors, will support him in this. However Rivers is an old boy of the school and has his own loyalties
In the few weeks since I've been Headmaster, we've achieved a great deal. But there's more to be done. Some of...
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