Goodbye, Mr. Chips

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips Review


Mr. Chipping (Robert Donat) is on his way out as professor and headmaster at a proper British boys' school, and the aging man looks back on his life. Goodbye, Mr. Chips provides a comprehensive look at one teacher's life and love -- from the disciplining of his students to the chance meeting of the love of his life on a mountaintop. (Played by Greer Garson with about 20 minutes of screen time, I have no idea how her awkward debut here earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.)

Everybody loves Chipping to death, which is what makes this and its contemporaries (like Mr. Holland's Opus) such harmless works of cinema. Chipping's challenges are so meaningless that he all but waltzes through life. There's less conflict than in your typical animated Disney movie, and that makes watching Chips an often tedious experience. Even when asked to retire by a younger headmaster, he merely brushes it off like dust from his lapels. Sure, there's some teary eyes when he eulogizes a student that dies during WWII, but Chipping himself lives to a ripe old age with little more than a cold to keep him down.

Donat is excellent, however, in the title role. He may be faced with a script that doesn't ask much of him beyond putting on some heavy makeup, but if Chips was my teacher I'm sure I'd love him every bit as much as the boys in this movie do. How could you not? Start with It's a Wonderful Life and take away Christmas and all the bad stuff that happens, and you've got this movie.

Get warm before you go.



Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Facts and Figures

Run time: 114 mins

In Theaters: Friday 28th July 1939

Distributed by: MGM Home Entertainment

Production compaines: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer British Studios

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Fresh: 13 Rotten: 3

IMDB: 7.7 / 10

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Starring: as Mr. Chips, as Katherine, as John Colley / Peter Colley I / Peter Colley II / Peter Colley III, as Peter Colley - as a Young Man, as Staefel (as Paul Von Hernried), as Flora, Lyn Harding as Wetherby, Milton Rosmer as Chatteris, Frederick Leister as Marsham, Louise Hampton as Mrs. Wickett, David Tree as Jackson, Edmund Breon as Colonel Morgan (as Edmond Breon), Jill Furse as Helen Colley, Scott Sunderland as Sir John Colley, Austin Trevor as Ralston

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