Goodbye, Mr. Chips Overview:

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Sam Wood and Sidney Franklin and produced by Victor Saville.

The film was based on the novel Goodbye Mr. Chips and also The Atlantic Magazine Short Story written by James Hilton published in 1934 (novel); April 1934 (magazine).

Academy Awards 1939 --- Ceremony Number 12 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorRobert DonatWon
Best ActressGreer GarsonNominated
Best DirectorSam WoodNominated
Best Film EditingCharles FrendNominated
Best PictureMetro-Goldwyn-MayerNominated
Best WritingR. C. Sherriff, Claudine West, Eric MaschwitzNominated
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Katherine: It must be tremendously interesting to be a schoolmaster, to watch boys grow up and help them along; to see their characters develop and what they become when they leave school and the world gets hold of them. I don't see how you could ever get old in a world that's always young.


Katherine: I'm sorry, I wasn't in any danger.


[dying words]
Mr. Chipping 'Mr. Chips': I thought I heard you saying it was a pity... pity I never had any children. But you're wrong. I have. Thousands of them. Thousands of them... and all boys.


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The poster art depicts a youthful Robert Donat (as he appears in the early scenes of the film) with the young Greer Garson. However, the two never appear together like this in the film. Chips is about fifty when he first meets Katherine, who is about half his age.
The first film of Judith Furse.
Mr. Chips was modeled on W.H. Balgarnie, James Hilton's old classics master who taught for over 50 years at The Leys public school in Cambridge.
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