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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A shy, withdrawn English schoolteacher falls for a flashy showgirl.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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 (Peter O'Toole) 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 (Petula Clark), 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 up 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 ... Written by Huggo

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He is a shy schoolmaster. She is a music hall star. They marry and immediately have 283 children...all boys! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

25 November 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Goodbye, Mr. Chips See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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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

Leslie Bricusse composed several songs for this movie which were unused, including one titled "The Perfect Man", which only appears briefly and barely audible during Katherine's party. Some of these unused songs were reinstated in the 1982 stage musical version. See more »

Quotes

Katie: Yes, well, you're very active for your age!
Chips: Since you cannot conceivably know what my age is, your most flattering compliment must be based on a somewhat conjectural premise.
Katie: [laughs] You've done it again. Now that's three times you've made me laugh. And only this morning I thought I'd never laugh again. I suppose it's your being a schoolmaster.
Chips: [insulted] I fail to see what is so laughable about that.
Katie: Well, no, it's not laughable. One doesn't laugh at people only because they're funny. Not some ...
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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 »

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Spoofed in Swinging Safari (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

You and I
(Reprise)
Music by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Orchestra Conducted by John Williams
Played as exit music
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Can't top the original...but better than I thought..
4 August 2003 | by olddiscsSee all my reviews

Yes 1939/Robert Donat-Greer Garson version was the best...Perfection..Donat won the Oscar in a very tough year..Gable in GWTW & James Stewart as Mr. Smith. were 2 of his competitors. .wow was that a rough year.. Most critics in NY hated this version. so.didnt see in theatre! Finally saw this A.M. on TCM & enjoyed..Peter O'Toole was excellent & glad he was Oscar nominated for this,,& esp pleased Oscar finally gave him a special award this past year... Petula Clark was good as Mrs. Chips but her character,i feel was poorly written...Some good songs esp. You & I... sung by Ms.Clark & later recorded by many others including T.Bennett/S. Bassey & Carmen MacRae.... the b&w version was more authentic.. but this is a good film beautifully photographed in color & panavision... enjoyable worth seeing & Bravo, again, Mr. O'Toole!


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