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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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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At The Top Of The Year's "Ten Best" - The picture that earns for 1939 a proud place in motion-picture history! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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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

Brookfield School was founded by Jonathan Brookfield in 1492. See more »

Goofs

Miss Kathy tells Chips that the ballroom in Vienna is where Metternich drew up "the treaty of the five kings" (referring to the Congress of Vienna in 1814 ending the Napoleonic Wars) "nearly 100 years ago." But the montage after Kathy's death makes clear she died before the Boer War (1899) and Queen Victoria's funeral (1901). 100 years after the Congress of Vienna was 1914, the start of World War I when Chips becomes acting headmaster and Kathy is spoken of as having died long ago. See more »

Quotes

Katherine: I'm sorry, I wasn't in any danger.
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Connections

Referenced in Doctor at Sea: Goodbye Mr. Ships! (1974) 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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Children of privilege
9 May 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

The children attending the Brookfield school are no ordinary English boys; they are the the children of the upper classes of society, who for generations have learned from institutions such as the school represented here. They are molded at places like this fictional one to be leaders of their country. Mr. Chipping is a teacher who gives his life to Brookfield, only to be bypassed when promotions are handed out. His love for the profession and his dedication to the formation of these children are his reasons for living. Most of his own life is spent at the school. Only in times of crisis is Mr. Chipps recognized. Mr. Chipps knows happiness only too briefly. He is extremely lucky when he finds Katherine. One can see the rapport in her, although we never see it explicitly on Chipping's face, maybe because a stiff upper lip that doesn't let him express his true feelings to a woman who adored him from their first encounter. Mr. Chipps lives long enough to learn about the death of his beloved students in several world conflicts. As a father figure, his life is full because the love and admiration the young boys feel for him. The film made Robert Donat a favorite of the movie going public. Mr. Donat goes from being a taciturn person into a jolly old man living on his own because Katherine dies young. The film improves tremendously when Greer Garson appears. Her luminous presence changes the tone of the movie because of her incredible charm. Paul Henreid makes a short appearance as Staefel, the fellow teacher who invites Mr. Chipps to accompany on a vacation trip to Austria. Sam Wood direction pays a close look to detail. The film is a classic and will live forever.


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