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).


Book Summary of 1969 remake: Musical remake of the 1939 film about a proper British schoolmaster (O'Toole) who falls in love with a music-hall girl (pop star Petula Clark in a rare film role). Director Ross's debut. Based on James Hilton's 1934 novel.

(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).


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

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

[on his first day at Brookfield School, Mr. Chipping is attempting to bring his unruly class under his control]
Mr. Chipping 'Mr. Chips': Silence! Silence! I'll have no more of it!
John Colley: No more silence, sir?

[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 film was dedicated to the memory of Irving Thalberg.
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 26, 1941 with Greer Garson reprising her film role.
Greer Garson was initially offered a contract for MGM in 1937, but refused all the minor parts she was offered until she got the role of Kathy Ellis in this film.
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