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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)

A shy, withdrawn English schoolteacher falls for a flashy showgirl.

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writers:

James Hilton (novel), Terence Rattigan (screenplay)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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The musical that fills the world with love. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

25 November 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Adiós, Mr. Chips See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original) | (video)

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Arthur P. Jacobs set up the project hoping to reunite his Doctor Dolittle leads Rex Harrison and Samantha Eggar, but when Harrison flat out refused it, Jacobs had to go looking for another British leading man. O'Toole almost won the lead in the film of My Fair Lady away from Harrison back in 1964. See more »

Quotes

Chips: Is my wife here?
Ursula: Wife? Which wife, darling?
Chips: She was called Katherine Bridges.
Ursula: Katie? Of course she's here! Did you say 'wife,' darling?
Chips: Yes.
Ursula: Well, that would make you her husband, wouldn't it?
Chips: Yes, it would.
Ursula: Then she's not here, darling. She's nowhere near the place.
[Chips starts to leave. Ursula stops him]
Ursula: That's what I was told to say, if you came in. She's in the kitchen, darling, making scrambled eggs.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Lily Allen (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Apollo
Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Petula Clark
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Great Story, Great Music
20 July 2006 | by jvp333See all my reviews

I saw this film when it first came out, and didn't know what to expect exactly. What followed the Overture was one of the most pleasurable filmgoing experiences I have ever had. A lush score of songs and music by Britisher Leslie Bricusse (of Doctor Doolittle & Wilie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory fame as well as making his mark on the Broadway musical scene), and scored by the incomparable John Williams. There's not a bad song in the entire film. Plus some of the most exquisite cinematography, costume design and filming locations I have ever seen in one film. Not to mention the Academy Award nominated performance by Peter O'Toole, and the equally strong performance, in my opinion, by the wonderful Petula Clark. Now, given that Peter is not the same caliber a singer that Petula is, he still manages to sell his songs to the audience, and that, after all, is what it is all about. This is a faithful adaptation of the excellent book by James Hilton, and deserves to be treasured for generations to come. I recommend this film for family viewing, though most men will consider this a 'chick' flick. But if you like a truly great film musical, then this film is for you. But be warned that a standby box of Kleenex is just as important as popcorn for your viewing pleasure.


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