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Cheers for Miss Bishop

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Something of a distaff Mr. Chips, schoolteacher Ella Bishop Martha Scott devotes her life to her work, ageing 50 years from 19 to 69 in the course of the film. At a testimonial dinner on the occasion of her retirement, Miss Bishop's former students wonder why their beloved teacher never married. In flashback, the audience learns that town grocer Sam William Gargan has carried a torch for her for five decades, while she obliviously pursued unfortunate romantic relationships with weak-willed Delbert Thompson Donald...
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Overview

Something of a distaff Mr. Chips, schoolteacher Ella Bishop Martha Scott devotes her life to her work, ageing 50 years from 19 to 69 in the course of the film. At a testimonial dinner on the occasion of her retirement, Miss Bishop's former students wonder why their beloved teacher never married. In flashback, the audience learns that town grocer Sam William Gargan has carried a torch for her for five decades, while she obliviously pursued unfortunate romantic relationships with weak-willed Delbert Thompson Donald Douglas and unhappily married John Stevens Sidney Blackmer. Adapted by Stephen Vincent Benet from the melancholy novel by Bess Streeter Aldrich, Cheers for Miss Bishop was not only a tour de force for Scott, but also represented the screen debut of another young character actress, Rosemary De Camp.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Cheers for Miss Bishop would be pretty weak tea were it not for the presence of the luminous Martha Scott in the title role. Forget about Miss Bishop, it's Miss Scott who deserves to be cheered. For some reason, Scott didn't enjoy the kind of movie career that her talent warranted. She certainly demonstrates in Cheers that she could carry a movie single handedly, for this distaff rip-off of Goodbye Mr. Chips features her in almost every frame. Te whole film rests upon Scott's shoulders, and she doesn't disappoint, even though both the material and her director definitely do. It's wonderful to see the way in which the actress takes the hackneyed, trite situations and dialogue she is handled, intended to be sentimental but more often just maudlin, and makes the scenes sparkle. Director Tay Garnett is of no help; his work here is simply limp, and results in turgid pacing for far too much of the film. The supporting cast does help, especially the always reliable Edmund Gwenn, but there's only so much they can do given the sticky sweetness of the script and the h-hum direction. Still, thanks to Scott, it's worth a viewing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2007
  • UPC: 089218525390
  • Original Release: 1941
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 46,806

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martha Scott Ella Bishop
William Gargan Sam Peters
Edmund Gwenn President Corcoran
Sterling Holloway Chris Jensen
Sidney Blackmer Sr. John Stevens
Mary Anderson Amy Saunders
Dorothy Peterson Mrs. Bishop
Donald Douglas Delbert Thompson
Marsha Hunt Hope Thompson
Lois Ranson Gretchen Clark
Rosemary de Camp Minna Fields
Knox Manning Anton Radcheck
John Arledge Snapper MacRae
Jack Mulhall Prof. Carter
Howard Hickman Prof. Lancaster
Helen MacKellar Miss Patton
William Farnum Judge Peters
John Hamilton President Watts
Pierre Watkin President Crowder
Charles Judels Cecco
Sue Moore Stena
Rand Brooks Buzz Wheelwright
Charles B. Smith Buddy Warner
Ralph Bowman Richard Clark
Technical Credits
Tay Garnett Director
Stephen Vincent Benét Screenwriter
William F. Claxton Editor
Sheridan Gibney Screenwriter
Adelaide Heilbron Screenwriter
Hal Mohr Cinematographer
Richard A. Rowland Producer
John DuCasse Schulze Art Director
Edward Ward Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cheers for Miss Bishop
2. Chapter 1 [11:15]
3. Chapter 2 [13:55]
4. Chapter 3 [15:35]
5. Chapter 4 [15:33]
6. Chapter 5 [21:03]
7. Chapter 6 [14:59]
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