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Goodbye, Mr. Chips
     

Goodbye, Mr. Chips

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Director: Sam Wood, Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn

Cast: Sam Wood, Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn

 

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips, based on James Hilton's novel, is a melodrama about a shy British teacher named Mr. Chipping (Robert Donat) who devotes his life to teaching "his boys" after the death of his lovely, energetic American wife Katherine (Greer Garson). Told via flashbacks, the film features an aged Mr. Chipping looking back nostalgically at his long career,

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips, based on James Hilton's novel, is a melodrama about a shy British teacher named Mr. Chipping (Robert Donat) who devotes his life to teaching "his boys" after the death of his lovely, energetic American wife Katherine (Greer Garson). Told via flashbacks, the film features an aged Mr. Chipping looking back nostalgically at his long career, taking note of the people who've touched his life over the years. Donat was the recipient of a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the title character, and the film features the debut performance of a young Garson.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Goodbye, Mr. Chips is another classic from 1939, featuring a performance by Robert Donat that is one of the most fondly remembered in 20th century filmmaking. A crisp and intelligent film in all aspects, it avoids the maudlin sentimentality that often hinders films of this sort. It has held a continuing influence on filmmakers -- for example, both Dead Poets Society and Mr. Holland's Opus would seem to be direct spiritual descendants. The film is at its most powerful when evoking an appealing view of the past, when manners and honor were primary values, and when spending one's life in service to others was a noble art. While its two remakes have substantial merit, the original version remains the best. It may, however, be too old-fashioned to appeal to some of today's moviegoers.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/2013
UPC:
0883316860151
Original Release:
1939
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
2,233

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Donat Charles Chipping
Greer Garson Katherine Chipping
Terry Kilburn John/Peter Colley
John Mills Peter Colley as a young man
Paul Henreid Max Staefel
Judith Furse Flora
Lyn Harding Dr. Wetherby
Milton Rosmer Charteris
Louise Hampton Mrs. Wickett
Austin Trevor Ralston
David Tree Jackson
Edmund Breon Col. Morgan
Jill Furse Helen Colley
Scott Sunderland Sir John Colley
Simon Lack Actor
John Longden Actor
Patrick Ludlow Actor
Guy Middleton McCulloch
Cyril Raymond Actor
Nigel Stock John Forrester
Ronald Ward Actor
Caven Watson Actor
Frederick Leister Marsham

Technical Credits
Sam Wood Director
Richard Addinsell Score Composer
Sidney Franklin Screenwriter
Charles Frend Editor
Julie Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred Junge Art Director
Louis Levy Musical Direction/Supervision
Eric Maschwitz Screenwriter
Victor Saville Producer
R.C. Sherriff Screenwriter
Claudine West Screenwriter
Freddie Young Cinematographer

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Legendary actors Robert Donat and Greer Garson's delivery of a wonderful story about a beloved teacher at an English all-boys school has lost none of its Oscar-winning performances luster. Unlike some early, black and white films, Sam Woods' production of this movie treasure translates into the 21st century just fine. A must have for lovers of movie classics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great old fashioned "teacher" movie. Mr. Chips is a young man joining the staff of a boarding prep school for young men in England. He falls in love with an adventuresome young woman he meets on a mountaintop. The movie goes through the time that he retires as a teacher. It is inspirational from the standpoint of a teacher in that he loves and remembers each and every one of his students from day one. He had no anonymous students. I love that!
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