Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Synopsis: Arthur Chipping is an academic teaching at Brookfield Boys School outside of London in the 1920's. Although he does what he considers best for his students, they don't much like him, nicknaming him "Ditchy", short for "dull as ditch water". His life changes when he meets Katherine Bridges, a music hall actress and a woman with a questionable past. She affectionately calls him Mr. Chips. Despite their differences, they fall in love. He in particular realizes that in striking a relationship, they will have many obstacles to overcome. He doesn't particularly like the world in which she is involved, including her friends and her profession, and she doesn't exactly fit the mold of a teacher's wife. Still, they decide to get married. She forgoes her career to be Mrs. Chips, living on campus as the housewife of a teacher at a proper boy's school. It is a world in which she will have to learn the rules, or at least bend them to her sensibilities, although she vows never to embarrass him. Kathe
Director(s): Herbert Ross
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations.
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155 min

As always, we will start

with the school song.

For what we are about to receive,

may the Lord make us truly thankful.


- Abbot.

- Sir.

- Ackerman.

- Sir.

- Adams.

- Sir.

- Adams. Adams.

- Sir.

- Alloy.

- Sir.

- Anderson.

- Sir.

- Appleby.

- Sir.

- Armitage Major.

- Sir.

- Armitage Minor.

- Sir.

- Arrowsmith.

- Sir.

- Atkins.

- Sir.

- Austen. Bailey.

- Sir.

- Baites.

- Sir.

Baker Major.

- Baker Minor.

- Sir.

- Balfor-Ellis.

- Sir.

- Banning.

- Sir.

- Barclay.

- Sir.

- Barrington.

- Sir.

- Bartholomew.

- Sir.

- Bascom.

- Sir.

- Bennett.

- Sir.

- Beresford.

- Sir.

- Bettington.

- Sir.

- Biddicomb.

- Sir.

- Billing.

- Sir.

- Billingham.

- Sir.

Birch. Blankenship.

- Bonn.

- Sir.

- Bonner-Harris.

- Sir.

- Bridges.

- Sir.

- Broderick.

- Sir.

- Brown Major.

- Sir.

- Brown Minor.

- Sir.

- Brown Minimus.

- Sir.

- Bruce.

- Sir.

- Burgess.

- Sir.

- Butler.

- Sir.

- Caldwell.

- Sir.

- Campbell.

- Sir.

- Canning. Carrington.

- Sir.

- Carstairs.

- Sir.

- Cartwright.

- Sir.

- Cherry. Chilton.

- Sir.

- Clark.

- Sir.

- Clay.

- Sir.

- Coates. Cole.

- Sir.

- Coleridge.

- Sir.

- Colley Minor.

- Sir.

- Cook. Craft.

- Sir.

- Crew.

- Sir.

- Cunningham. Curry.

- Sir.

- Dalton.

- Sir.

- Deeds.

- Sir.

- Dickinson-Brown.

- Sir.

- Douglas.

- Sir.

- Duncan.

- Sir.

- Edgeworth. Edwards.

- Sir.

- Elliot-Smythe.

- Sir.

- Ellis.

- Sir.

- Every.

- Sir.

- Fairhulst.

- Sir.

- Fernley.

- Sir.

- Fitch. Fisher.

- Sir.

- Forbes.

- Sir.


Isn't this a rather unusual action

for you to take, Chipping?

I suppose it is, headmaster...

...but my class's examination results

this term were also rather unusual.

I've looked at them.

They were only a little below average.

Yes, that, for a class of mine,

is rather unusual.

- It's a punishment?

- Oh, no.

I trust nobody thinks that.

- Baxter does.

- Well, he's wrong.

I want to take my boys over their exam in

some detail and show them their mistakes.

It should be a very helpful session.

Quite so.

Unhappily, there's this tennis match.

Sutterwick's results

are among the worst.

Even if they weren't, I should

still think it wrong to make an exception.

Don't know what

Sutterwick's father's going to say.

I do. Something very smooth,

very offensive and quite beside the point.

- You know him?

- I taught him.

You know that he is the generous donor

of our new playing fields.

Most generous.

I know he has a great deal of money

to be generous with.

- You won't let me persuade you to...

- No, but you can older me to.

Oh, well.

I'll be seeing you tonight for dinner?

Yes, headmaster.

I'm very much looking forward to it.

Do people think

I really want to be disliked?

Who thinks that?

Baxter, for one.

He plainly thinks I'm a bloody sadist.

My dear fellow, that's the first time

I ever heard you swear.

There has to be a first time

for everything.

I don't think the boys do dislike you.

Yes, they do.

I can't blame them.

If I were one of them,

I'd dislike myself, I think.

- You must not exaggerate, my dear fellow.

- I don't.

- The boys are quite right to dislike failures.

- Now you do exaggerate.

A man whose textbook on Pindar...

What is worse than a teacher...

...who can't make his pupils grasp

the importance of what he has to teach?

- Can you answer me that?

- Yes.

A teacher who doesn't try to, like Baxter.

Rather true, Max.

Thank you.

Look out, it's Old Blood and Iron.

That's just their humour.


- What do they call you?

- "Ditchie."

Ditchie? That's not too bad.

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Terence Rattigan

Sir Terence Mervyn Rattigan, CBE (10 June 1911 – 30 November 1977) was a British dramatist. He was one of England's most popular mid twentieth century dramatists. His plays are typically set in an upper-middle-class background. He wrote The Winslow Boy (1946), The Browning Version (1948), The Deep Blue Sea (1952) and Separate Tables (1954), among many others. A troubled homosexual, who saw himself as an outsider, his plays centred on issues of sexual frustration, failed relationships, and a world of repression and reticence. more…

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