Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939 film)

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939 Film)

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939 film)

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips is a 1939 British film based on the novel of the same name by James Hilton. It was directed by Sam Wood, and starred Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn, John Mills, and Paul Henreid.Variety film review; May 17, 1939, page 12.Harrison's Reports film review; June 17, 1939, page 94. The screenplay was adapted from the novel by R. C. Sherriff, Claudine West and Eric Maschwitz. The film was voted the 72nd greatest British film ever in the BFI Top 100 British films poll.


In 1933, Mr. Chipping, a retired schoolteacher of 83, is kept home by a cold. Managing to arrive late, despite doctor's orders he finds the assembly hall locked. Back at home he falls asleep (and his school teaching career is related in flashback).

When 22-year-old Charles Edward Chipping 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.Realising he is not good at his profession, he glumly ponders his future. However, the German teacher, Max Staefel, saves him from despair by taking him on holiday to his native Austria. While mountain climbing, Chipping "rescues" Kathy Ellis (even though she did not actually need to be saved). Kathy is a feisty English suffragette on a cycling holiday. They meet again in Vienna and dance to the Blue Danube Waltz. This piece of music is...
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