Since the time of Sir Francis Drake, English lads have come to Brookfield School as frightened boys ... and emerged years later as able young men ready to shoulder the burdens of Empire. The best of England is the Brookfield tradition - a tradition embodied by the aging headmaster affectionately known as Mr. Chips. In his Academy Award-winning performance, Robert Donat portrays a stiff, unpopular schoolmaster converted by love into an inspirational molder of lives. Greer Garson makes her Oscar-nominated movie debut as the lady whose zest for life schools the schoolmaster. The lesson sticks. So does this timeless, affectionate movie. All who treasure the memory of a beloved teacher will treasure Goodbye, Mr. Chips.
Guaranteed to bring a tear to just about anyone's eye. Highly recommended
- Goodbye, Mr. Chips review by RP
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The film tells the story of a teacher at a boys' private boarding school (curiously, the British call them 'public' schools...) from his first day as an insecure young teacher, through a mediocre middle age where he is passed over for promotion, his whirlwind love affair and marriage to a young woman who inspires him to greater things, his days as headmaster during the Great War, through to his death bed memories of the boys he has taught over the years.
This is a sentimental and yet uplifting film, guaranteed to bring a tear to just about anyone's eye. If you're wondering if it's worth watching, then remember that it won Robert Donat an Oscar for Best Actor – when the competition in the same year was Clark Gable in 'Gone With The Wind'. Yes, it really is that good. 5/5 stars. Highly recommended.