Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Goodbye, Mr. Chips

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Director: Herbert Ross

Cast: Herbert Ross, Peter O'Toole, Petula Clark, Michael Redgrave

     
 

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This is a musical remake of the 1939 film. Arthur Chipping (Peter O'Toole) is the staid instructor at a posh school for boys where he dreams of becoming headmaster. He falls in love with Katherine (Petula Clark) and he helps the singing dance-hall girl polish her social skills. The two are married, but Katherine is killed during in an airplane crash on her way to… See more details below

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Overview

This is a musical remake of the 1939 film. Arthur Chipping (Peter O'Toole) is the staid instructor at a posh school for boys where he dreams of becoming headmaster. He falls in love with Katherine (Petula Clark) and he helps the singing dance-hall girl polish her social skills. The two are married, but Katherine is killed during in an airplane crash on her way to entertain Allied troops. Arthur carries on, dedicating his life to her memory and teaching two generations of students who were lucky enough to have him for a teacher and a friend. Herbert Ross makes his directorial debut in this sentimental musical that never approached the success of the original.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it has a modicum of charm and some modest assets, the musical version of Goodbye, Mr. Chips is for the most part a disappointment, and occasionally a trial. While the script is a letdown, the biggest problem with the project is the score. For the most part, Leslie Bricusse's music ranges from dull to deadly, "London is London" being the only real exception, and his lyrics only occasionally reach the level of mediocrity. An even bigger problem than the actual quality of the songs, however, is that they don't function properly: either they musicalize the wrong part of a scene or they don't achieve their intended goal. Things are not helped by Peter O'Toole's lack of voice, which is a problem in itself and also results in too many songs being given to Petula Clark's character, thereby destroying the balance between the parts. For her part, Clark is in good voice (a welcome fact under the circumstances) and acts her role acceptably, though hampered by the rather weak script. When not singing, O'Toole is a fine Chips, although occasionally too hard and heartless. Always an interesting actor, it's worth watching how he takes sub-par material and finds something worthwhile in it. O'Toole would have another bad experience with a musical with Man of La Mancha several years later, but Bricusse would turn in much better work with Scrooge and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2009
UPC:
0883929036684
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:34:00
Sales rank:
5,743

Special Features

Theatrical trailers of both 1939 and 1969 versions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter O'Toole Arthur Chipping
Petula Clark Katherine
Michael Redgrave The Headmaster
George Baker Lord Sutterwick
Michael Bryant Max Staefel
Jack Hedley William Baxter
Sian Phillips Ursula Mossbank
Alison Leggatt Headmaster's Wife
Clinton Greyn Bill Calbury
Michael Culver Johnny Longbridge
Barbara Couper Mrs. Paunceforth
John Gugolka Sutterwick, Jr.
Michael Ridgeway David
Craig Marriott New Boy
Elspet Gray Lady Sutterwick
Jeremy Lloyd Johnson
Jack May Price
Leo Britt Elder Master
Royston Tickner Policeman
Patricia Hayes Miss Honeybun
Mario Maranzana Pompeii Guide
Elspeth March Mrs. Summersthwaite
Clive Morton Gen. Paunceforth
Herbert Ross Actor
Sheila Steafel Tilly
Jenny Runacre Actor

Technical Credits
Herbert Ross Director
Mort Abrahams Associate Producer
Ken Adam Production Designer
Leslie Bricusse Score Composer
Maurice Fowler Art Director
Julie Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur P. Jacobs Producer
Nora Kaye Choreography
Ralph Kemplen Editor
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Terence Rattigan Screenwriter
John Williams [composer] Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Goodbye, Mr. Chips
1. Overture. [4:01]
2. Fill the World With Love (1). [4:41]
3. Match Day Misery. [3:50]
4. Where Did My Childhood Go?: Intro. [3:31]
5. Where Did My Childhood Go?: Song. [3:28]
6. Flossie From Fulham. [2:43]
7. London Is London. [3:45]
8. Chips's Review [3:56]
9. Pompeii. [6:12]
10. And the Sky Smiled. [3:51]
11. Know Yourself. [3:25]
12. Katherine's Someone. [3:09]
13. Apollo. [2:04]
14. When I Am Older. [3:10]
15. The Right Address. [4:20]
16. Who Was That Lady? [5:01]
17. Now I Know. [2:23]
18. Walk Through the World. [4:17]
19. Mrs. Chipping. [3:48]
20. Fill the World With Love (2). [3:28]
21. Unsuitable. [3:02]
22. Intermission. [1:16]
23. Entr'acte. [:02]
24. What Shall I Do With Today? [1:59]
25. Everything I Hold Dear. [1:24]
26. What a Lot of Flowers. [6:17]
27. The Word Blackmail. [2:22]
28. Surprise Visitor. [3:49]
29. 15th Anniversary. [5:03]
30. Not Max's Choice. [3:13]
31. The Old Brute. [2:23]
32. School Days. [5:55]
33. New Headmaster. [1:55]
34. Resignation and Consideration. [3:20]
35. You and I. [5:00]
36. Good News. [2:20]
37. Bomber's Target. [4:56]
38. Sad Joke. [3:35]
39. Three Cheers For Chips. [5:41]
40. Hundreds, All Boys. [6:02]
41. Fill the World With Love (3). [4:38]
42. Exit Music. [2:36]

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