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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.

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Sam Wood, Sidney Franklin (uncredited)

Writers:

R.C. Sherriff (screen play), Claudine West (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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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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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

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. 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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Version of Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

An der schönen blauen Donau Walzer (The Blue Danube Waltz) Op. 314
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Richard Addinsell
Played as dance music and often in the score
Danced by Robert Donat with Greer Garson and other couples
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One of the best films ever made
25 July 2006 | by giles_osborne_2See all my reviews

Goodbye Mr Chips must be one of the best films ever made.

The acting of boys, masters and other characters is superb, as is the capturing of the late Victorian/Edwardian period in England, the joy of 1914 on the declaration of war, followed by the sombre roll-calls of the dead in chapel during the war years.

The character of Chips is an instruction in how someone's life can be transformed for the better by fortuitous events, in this case the meeting on the mountain between Chips and Katherine, which changed him from being a shy but well-meaning schoolmaster who found it difficult to establish a rapport with his pupils and colleagues into someone whose hidden depths and charisma were brought into view by a woman he loved.

This gentle, decent and moving film illustrates, through both Chips and Katherine, the importance of giving of oneself to others who in their turn will benefit as human beings; concepts which might seem outdated in our modern world but remain valuable and timeless.


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