Goodbye Mr. Chips

Goodbye Mr. Chips

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A romantic classic about a staid schoolmaster whose heart is thawed by a beautiful young woman. Arthur Chipping is the new Latin master at an English boy's boarding school. The eccentric schoolmaster lives a full, rich life within the cloistered school, defined by his role as the intellectual shepherd of generations of young students. Then while traveling through the countryside on summer holiday, he unexpected falls in love. His new wife ignites his passion and brings him out of his shell. Spans over 50 years in the life of Mr. Chipping.


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Sep 16, 2014

Great movie with a wonderful film marriage of Robert Donat and Greer Garson. One of Britain's top films ever and remade later with Peter O'Toole as "Mr. Chips". Believe me, the original is much better. Robert Donat is downright charming in his role as a British school master. This is one for the entire family. Great fun and very inspirational!

May 21, 2014

"Goodbye Mr. Chips" is a Robert Donat Classic and it doesn't hurt that his co-star is Greer Garson. You will love the charm and the good spirit of Donat's Mr. Chips. This was a wonderful book and an even better movie. (Later made again with Peter O'Toole as Mr. Chips). Five Star Plus movie for those who love a good for the entire family story.

Feb 14, 2013

It is a 1939 British film based on the novel of the same name by James Hilton.
The film was directed by Sam Wood for the British division of MGM at Denham Studios.
When 20-year-old Charles Edward Chipping (Robert Donat) first arrives as a Latin teacher to Brookfield Public School in 1870, he becomes a target of many practical jokes.
He reacts by imposing strict discipline in his classroom, making him respected, but disliked.
Times passes and his relationships with his students improves and eventually becomes the senior master.
At the end of one year, he is disappointed in not receiving an appointment as the house master within the school for the following year.
However, the German teacher, Max Staefel (Paul Henreid), saves him from despair by inviting him to share a walking holiday to his native Austria.
While mountain climbing, Chipping encounters Kathy Ellis (Greer Garson), a feisty English suffragette on a cycling holiday.
They meet again in Vienna and dance to the Blue Danube Waltz.
She loves and marries him.
They return to England, where Kathy takes up residence at the school, charming everyone with her personal warmth.

Kathy brings 'Mr. Chips' out of his shell and shows him how to be a better teacher.
During their tragically short marriage, Kathy dies in childbirth, along with their baby.
He acquires a flair for Latin puns.
As the years pass, Chips becomes a much-loved school institution, developing a rapport with generations of students.
He teaches the sons and grandsons of many of his earlier pupils.

In 1909, when pressured to retire by a more 'modern' headmaster, the boys and the board of directors of the school take his side of the argument and tell him he can stay until he is 100.
Chips finally retires in 1914 at age 69, but is summoned back to serve as interim headmaster because of the shortage of teachers resulting from World War I.
He remembers Kathy had predicted he would become headmaster one day.
During a bombing attack by a German zeppelin, Chips insists that the boys keep on translating their Latin - choosing the story of Julius Caesar's battles against Germanic tribes, which describes the latter's belligerent nature, much to the amusement of his pupils.
As the Great War drags on, Chips reads aloud into the school's Roll of Honour every Sunday the names of the many former boys and teachers who have died in battle.
Upon finding out that Max Staefel has died fighting on the German side, Chips also reads out his name in chapel.

He retires permanently in 1918.
He is on his deathbed in 1933 when he overhears his friends talking about him.
He responds, "I thought you said it was a pity, a pity I never had children. But you're wrong. I have! Thousands of them, thousands of them--and all boys."

I also enjoyed the 1969 version, which is a major departure from the simple plot of Hilton's novella.
This remake took a form of semi-musical during the exuberant movie-musicals era of "My Fair Lady" and "The Sound of Music."
The time frame of the original story was advanced by several decades, starting in the 1920s, continuing through World War II, and ending in the late 1960s.
In this later version, Katherine is an lively actress, who is killed by a German V-1 flying bomb while entertaining the troops at a local army base.
If you see both versions, you should be able to enjoy more than the sum of both films.

Aug 08, 2011

This is a really heart warming movie. I love movies about transformation and this one is no exception. I found myself smiling as I watched. I highly recommend it--especially for teachers!


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