At The Top Of The Year's "Ten Best" - The picture that earns for 1939 a proud place in motion-picture history!
A shy British teacher looks back nostalgically at his long career, taking note of the people who touched his life.
A shy British teacher looks back nostalgically at his long career, taking note of the people who touched his life.
Robert Donat Greer Garson Terry Kilburn John Mills Paul Henreid Judith Furse Lyn Harding Milton Rosmer Frederick Leister Louise Hampton Austin Trevor David Tree Edmund Breon Jill Furse Scott Sunderland Leonard Boucher Henry Caine David Croft Leo de Pokorny Clive Dunn Cyril Frankel Peter Gawthorne Dane Gordon Martita Hunt Simon Lack John Longden Patrick Ludlow Guy Middleton Phyllis Morris Show All…
Au revoir Mr. Chips!, Goodbye Mr. Chips
'I heard you. You were talking about me. I thought I heard you saying it was a pity... a pity I never had any children. But you're wrong. I have. Thousands of them... thousands of them.'
The most heart-warming and touching story I've seen in a while. Every minute is absolute sweetness. Robert Donat plays the most naturally kind-hearted man ever put on the silver screen. His every remark, every gesture is pure modesty and humbleness. Goodbye, Mr. Chips is a blast of unadulterated affection that stays with you for a long time. It is the one movie I would recommend to every moviegoer without hesitation.
Hard to pinpoint exactly why I appreciated this film so much. Come to think about it, this is a rather unremarkable story about an fairly average man and his chosen profession. All I can say for sure about Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) is that.... it's so UNBELIEVABLY PLEASANT!!! Robert Donat's warmth shines so strong that it simply brings the tears....
Based on the 1934 short novel by James Hilton, this movie deftly counterbalance's moments of amusement with heartbreaking sadness. Directed by Sam Wood, who helmed the Marx Brothers' classic A Night at the Opera four years earlier, it follows a school teacher of a boarding school who recollects his vocation and private life between the years 1870 to 1933. Robert Donat portrays the protagonist with a shadow of gloom never faraway while Greer Garson is thoroughly endearing; delightfully counterweighing Donat’s performance, which won him a Best Actor Oscar over Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind.
I was always so skeptical to watch this because I did not believe any performance could beat out Laurence Olivier in Wuthering Heights, Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind, AND Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (one of my personal favorite performances). And yet, Robert Donat does. I’m not sure if this is a hot take or not, so I’ll dodge tomatoes if need be, but Donat deserved that Oscar and I will readily admit that now. Donat disappears into the role in a way that the other three do not necessarily achieve, giving a tremendously subtle yet powerful performance as the titular Mr. Chips. Going up against these truly grand performances, Donat’s stands out as one…
I simply love this recollection from Robert Donat's son:
Robert appeared on the set as the Old Chips for the first time and was practicing his shuffling walk. Alexander Korda came on set and asked the camera-man: “Who’s that old fart?”
Robert regarded that as the finest assessment of his acting career.
I can't say I blame Korda; Donat utterly inhabited the role of a wizened old schoolmaster. He's absolutely marvelous and totally endearing in the film. I'm normally not one to give much credence to the Oscars but it's worth mentioning that, going up against Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind and Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Donat did win an Oscar for his performance.
Well, at least they got that one right.
The third in the series of films MGM made in Britain was perhaps their greatest triumph, with a well-deserved Academy Award for Robert Donat, who played Mr Chips over a span of 60 years very convincingly.
Always a great actor, Donat was perhaps at his best in this story covering the history of a schoolmaster from his first appearance at the school as a young idealist, through crusty middle age (and a change when he meets charming Greer Garson, in her first screen appearance, stranded up an Austrian mountain) and into his much loved dotage as a kind of human fixture and fittings of Brookfield School.
James Hilton's book is developed here to give not only a view of the…
It's been ages since I last saw this, but I was surprised at how much I remembered. Greer Garson probably doesn't actually qualify for the best actress nomination, since she's only in the movie for about a quarter of the run time, but she makes a memorable debut. Robert Donat is the main attraction, and he transforms from the young Chipping into the elderly Chips in quite believable fashion. It's a sweet and sentimental story of a different time so it probably lays an egg with most modern audiences, but if you just go with it there's a lot to love.
Overly sentimental to the point of exhausting my emotions but that’s never a con to me honestly. Robert donats performance is so effortlessly touching I spent 2/3 the movie smiling like an idiot and the other third crying (and beating all those other overrated men at the oscars for this. YES king he deserved it). Also Paul henreid was literally gay in this 😌
*Part of the Best Picture Project**
Goodbye Mr. Chips is a film about the absolute nicest teacher to ever exist in cinematic history. Really. Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society ain't got shit on Robert Donat's Mr. Chipping.
Goodbye, Mr. Chips chronicles Chip's tenure at a preparatory school from his days as an fresh master, to an old man in retirement still living on school grounds and watching the boys grow up.
And it's not really about anything else other than that. It's a heap of sentimentality as we watch the nicest guy (who is also a lonely guy) mold a bunch of kids throughout the years into men. Most of this works with how Donat plays the character through…
I had a good friend call and check up on me on Tuesday. It was so good to talk to him in the midst of this pandemic. That night I dreamt of ‘Goodbye Mr Chips’. The last time I saw the movie I was in this same friends parents basement watching with him. This would have been high school or college, so closing in on twenty years ago. In the dream Mrs Chips was Deborah Kerr who would only have been 18 in 1939. I told My friend, who is a teacher now, how happy I was he had called and how the visit had made me dream of ‘Mr Chips’. He laughed.
‘Goodbye Mr Chips’ is the story of…
Best Actor winners month - Film #14
I was really keen to check out Robert Donat's winning performance. In 1940 he won the award over James Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind, two career defining performances from Hollywood legends, as well as an impressive turn from Laurence Olivier in his first Hollywood film Wuthering Heights. Considering the steep competition he was up against, I expected Donat to be pretty spectacular if he was crowned the best of the lot. While I'm not sure it surpasses any of those iconic performances (Olivier perhaps, but not Stewart or Gable, not by a long shot), I was still impressed by the Englishman.…
Letterboxd Season Challenge 2018-19
Week 22: February 17th-23rd
Oscars? Did someone say "Oscars?" How about seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, along with a win for Robert Donat in the titular role for Best Leading Actor? This British romantic drama directed by Sam Wood was based upon the best-selling 1934 novella by James Hilton.
Yeah, I know I'm cheating on this week's challenge. But I have already seen all of the 2019 Best Picture nominees, and this has been on my "To Do" list forever. So sue me!
The film begins in 1928 on the campus of Brookfield Public School, an English institution founded in 1492. Headmaster Dr. John Hamilton Wetherby D.D. (Lyn Harding) is…
I didn't cry until the kids started dying in WWI, and then I started thinking about how good Donat was at playing an old man and that he never lived to be the age of his character, dying at 53, and that was it.
On a lighter note, I loved Chips and his wife meeting while they were both on walking holidays with their gay pals (Paul Henreid and Judith Furse).
Corny but sweet.
Another timeless British classic that’s unmistakably charming and poignant for a variety of different reason. Yes it’a full of toffs but there’s something so magical about the storytelling and it has decent and though provoking messages about the importance of good role models and the need for education.
at first i was somewhat skeptical of how good Goodbye, Mr. Chips would end up being, thinking there was no way anyone could possibly be as good as and more deserving of the Best Actor win in 1939 as James Stewart did for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington or Clark Gable for Gone With the Wind, but no i was absolutely wrong to think so, as Robert Donat's work in this particular film is very powerful and quite deserving of the award that was bestowed to him. as his performance as the titular Mr. Chips, a teacher who oversees decades of boys and British life in a school, ranging over 60 years of the man's life, and you buy all…
Academy Awards, 1940
-Best Actor in a Leading Role: Robert Donat
-Best Actress in a Leading Role: Greer Garson
-Best Director: Sam Wood
-Best Writing, Screenplay:
Eric Maschwitz, R.C. Sherriff, Claudine West
-Best Sound, Recording
-Best Film Editing
I read the book that this is based on years ago, but didn't think that it would make a very good movie. I couldn't have been more wrong! This film is touching, sad, and beautiful with amazing acting. I would recommend that all the tough guys watch this one alone because there's a good chance of getting something in your eye during it.
Robert Donat's performance is beyond cute and charming. His wheezy and whistly Mr. Chips is a delight.
Put on your Sweatpants of Sentimentality for this one. It lays it on thick and keeps on spreading from the opening scene to the final fade.
This version of Mr. Chips is very different than the remake in 1969. For one, this isn't a musical, and its not as long. It also doesn't put as much emphasis on the relationship between Mr. Chips and his wife.
It's a cute movie but its not for everyone.
Glacially paced and occasionally insightful, but otherwise a slog.
Going to boarding school I know how brutal kids can be, particularly boys, when a teacher shows a weakness in class or is new to the campus. When the flashback began, I was 100% on Mr. Chip’s side. I thought all of the kids were brats and that there was no chance I was going to like any of them. Then, with Mr. Chip, you learn about these boys, their history, their families and what makes them special. Boarding school is one big community, a family, and this film really captures that feel that you only can experience if you go to boarding school. I thought this was a bit long, and I was sad for Mr. Chip. But, the great thing about this is, Mr. Chip wasn’t sad for Mr. Chip. He kept his head high and proved that you can achieve your goals even if you’re not the squeakiest wheel.
I'd not seen GMC since I was little. I'm not sure what possessed my parents to show it to me. It's about a shy teacher who learns to use a sense of humor to break out of his shell and change the lives of those around him. Although I'm not sure if I have or ever will attain a Chips level of adoration from anybody (least of all myself), there's no denying the emotional impact that this film - while flawed & decidedly dated - still packs an emotional punch for me. Is it a coincidence that I became a teacher?
wszystko czego dokonał pan Chips, nie czyniąc niczego nadzwyczajnego, portret niezrównanego dorastania... wszystkich... i jednego ze smaków dawno przebrzmiałej ery... ["nawet rewolucja ma swoje granice"], BFI Top 100 British films #72
Based on the 1934 novella Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton, the film is about Mr Chipping, a beloved aged school teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school who recalls his career and his personal life over the decades.
For the first time in 58 years because of a cold, retired schoolteacher Mr. Chipping (Robert Donat) misses a first-day assembly at Brookfield public school. That afternoon he falls asleep in his chair and his teaching career is related in flashback.
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