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The poster art depicts a youthful Robert Donat (as he appears in the early scenes of the movie) with the young Greer Garson. However, the two never appear together like this in the movie. Mr. Chips is about fifty when he first meets Katherine, who is about half his age.
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Thirty-four-year-old Robert Donat ages sixty-three years (1870-1933) over the course of this movie. He remarked: "As soon as I put the mustache on, I felt the part, even if I did look like a great Airedale come out of a puddle."
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Greer Garson was initially offered a contract from MGM in 1937, but refused all of the minor parts she was offered until she got the role of Kathy Ellis in this movie.
The film was dedicated to the memory of Irving Thalberg.
The film takes place from 1870 to 1933.
Mr. Chips was modelled on W.H. Balgarnie, source book author James Hilton's old classics master who taught for over fifty years at The Leys public school in Cambridge.
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Brookfield School was founded by Jonathan Brookfield in 1492.
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Although called "Mr. Chips", his full name was Charles Edward Chipping, based on the wedding announcement that was read to the group of masters announcing the marriage.
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Although Mr. Chips is approximately 25 years older than his wife Katherine, Robert Donat was almost five months younger than Greer Garson.
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John Hamilton Wetherby was born in 1820 and died in 1888. He was the headmaster of Brookfield School from 1860 until his death.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the four hundred movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
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"Lux Radio Theatre" broadcast a radio adaptation of this movie on November 20, 1939, with Sir Laurence Olivier as Mr. Chips.
Max Staefel was the German master at Brookfield School from 1890 to 1902.
Greer Garson's performance runs a little under 25 minutes, yet Miss Garson received an Oscar nomination in the Best Actress category, one of the shortest performances to have been so nominated.
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