Goodbye, Mr. Chips
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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 01/27/2009 Rating: Nr

Robert Donat won an Oscar for his portrayal of the humble British don in the 1939 film Goodbye, Mr.?Chips--and Peter O'Toole was nominated for his version of the role in this lackluster musical (he, along with Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight of Midnight Cowboy, lost to John Wayne in True Grit). O'Toole is affecting as the shy English schoolteacher at a private boys' school who is brought out of his shell by the love of a good woman, then goes on to become a teaching legend after her tragic death. But the idea of turning this touching tale into a musical (with totally forgettable songs by John Williams and Leslie Bricusse) was almost as wrong-headed as having O'Toole do his own singing--or as casting singer Petula Clark as his wife. --Marshall Fine

Customer Reviews:

  • "Chips" is glorious!
    "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" was a huge surprise to me when I first saw it in 1969. I had read the reviews (but most critics panned musicals no matter how much they really enjoyed them). I hadn't read anything that credited the tremendous quality lavished on every component of the film. Peter O'Toole, whose performance was singled out by most critics, is startlingly wonderful as the shy, yet intensely interesting Mr. Chippings. Petula Clark is totally luminous as Katherine. It was a wonderful follow-up role to her stunning debut in "Finian's Rainbow". We are most unfortunate that we never got more of her musical talents on film.

    The music is stunning. You just don't hear music arranged/orchestrated like this any more. Most of the lyrics are simplistic, and often quite funny, but I think they all are endearing and enduring. I have friends who love this film as much as I. Whenever one of us is ready for another look (via the widescreen MGM laserdisc...not YET available on DVD, drat it!) we usually let the others know by quoting the lyrics to "London is London" (can there be any doubt about it?).

    This film stands up much better than most film musicals of the era. For sheer entertainment value and an emotional wallop, it's nearly in a class by itself. O'Toole's then-wife, Sian Phillips, has one of the most delicious turns in film musical history as a man-mad (and man-eating) vamp.

    Anyone who loves musicals will find this among the best they've ever seen.

    John Williams adapted and conducted the score. Songs were written by Leslie Bricusse. Williams' adaptation efforts were to take Bricusse's songs and create an underscore that seamlessly blended with the songs and action on the film. He accomplished this with a brilliance we have since become accustomed to. For his magnificent efforts, Williams was nominated for the 1969 Best Scoring (adaptation) Oscar but did NOT win (Lennie Hayton and Lionel Newman won for "Hello, Dolly!" ...more info
  • GREAT SONGS!! PETULA CLARK IS GREAT IN THIS PART!!
    I totally disagree with any comment about the songs in this film being forgettable. They are wonderful! Petula Clark does an amazing singing job as well as acting. And, although Peter O'Toole is not a singer, I don't think an English Professor would have a great voice anyway. The songs themselves stand by themselves. Who could forget the great song "London Is London", "Walk Through The World With Me" or "You And I". They're great, and I, being a singer, sing these songs all the time. The cinemetography is superb. (It is worth noting that the original concept of making "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" a musical was conceived by Dory and Andr¨¦ Previn ["Inside Daisy Clover" and "Valley Of The Dolls"], but I guess the "powers that be" really disliked Dory Previn's lyrics and they were both released from the project, being replaced, of course, by Leslie Bricusse). I highly recommend this film!!...more info
  • In the Morning of My Life, I Will Look to the Sunrise . . .
    "In the morning of my life, I will look to the sunrise . . ." so begins my favorite song from "Goodbye, Mr. Chips." It has been a long time since this wonderful movie was first released to enchant the many people who saw it; and I, for one, have remained enchanted. Then a VHS version came out, and I was able to have a copy of my own.
    But time passed, and technologies changed, and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" was, once again, no longer available. After waiting many, many years for it to be released, I thought the movie was lost for good.
    But, sometimes, lovely things do happen. And the decision to release this touching movie on DVD is one of them. I am so glad a new generation of people will have the pleasure of meeting, and enjoying the story of, Mr. Chips, his lovely wife, and those students with "their shining morning faces."
    The story centers around a dedicated, but dry, boys' school Latin scholar who finds himself transformed by the love of a woman from a "different world." Together, their love and devotion make both better people, and isn't that what love should do?
    Watch for all the moral lessons woven into the movie. Watch how they treat each other, even when they disagree.
    I can still see Mr. Chips standing in the snow as "another new class" of students passes by, tipping their hats and saying, "Good morning, Sir." Yes, it makes you think there will always be an England.
    Well, I tip my hat to the wise and wonderful individuals who saved this movie and put it out on DVD. May you live to be a thousand years old. Now, if you could get "Dear Heart" released, there is hope for the world.
    If you haven't seen this movie, please give it a chance. If it touches you, as it has so many here, you will be much the better for it.
    "Gnothi Seaton" - You will know what it means if you watch "Goodbye, Mr. Chips," and, by watching this lovely film, what it means will be a little more true about you.
    Enjoy, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and, once again, thanks for releasing it.
    ...more info
  • Time For The Critics To Become Wrong
    A dismall profession, that of critics. Anyone who has been exposed to massive doses of awfull musical-movie production of the 50s and 60s (usually through 70's afternoons TV features) is absolutely honest in labeling them crap from Hollywood's sadest period.

    Then, as decades pass, you keep remembering scores like 'Where Did My Childhood Go', by Peter O'Toole, in this Goodbye Mr. Chips, while the whole score of Singing In The Rain goes down the drain (as you always wished it to go, despite all the hype around the crap).

    I vaguely remember 'Mr. Chips, but I am pretty sure it is very cheesy. But the songs are becoming better with the years, and ABSOLUTELY non-existent in CDs. So I am buying the movie on DVD, just to hear the score.

    Wouldn't it be astonishing if the movie also became better with time?

    The score has definitely to be reapraised by the critics. It is very honorable of Amazon.com to criticize so heavily an item it intends to sell (I have used this candid advice many many times). But I really recomend the critics to hear to O'Tooles performance with 2000's ears (rather than with 70's TV watcher's)....more info

  • ONE OF MY FAVORITES
    Ive been waiting such a long time for this movie to come out on dvd. It wasn't the best musical but I found it very entertaining and Peter o"Toole is especially wonderful as always. Petula Clark is fine and touching and love her singing....more info
  • Wonderful
    That this is not available in DVD is incomprehensible. Who still has a VHS??? The last time I saw this I cryed, grown up man that I am and was ,next to my date at a retro movie house. "A" performances by all, music is a embellishment to the story, not a distraction. and makes you wish Petulia Clark made more movies, sad I can't see it again till they make the DVD.......more info
  • Mr. Chips has arrived
    It has finally happened, the DVD release of Goodbye Mr. Chips (Peter O'Toole version). Yes it is Widescreen, yes it has the 4 min intro Overture music, yes I saw it on the big screen as a child, yes it is playing right now on my TV as I type. The wait is over....more info
  • A film I have never forgotten . . . . .
    I have only seen this film once, at the 'ABC' cinema in Newport, South Wales, when it was first screened.

    This was 36 years ago, and I was 13 years old. I was obviously at an impressionable age because I loved it so much, my father had to literally carry me out of the cinema, in floods of emotional tears, at the end of it - much to the rest of my family's embarassment.

    I've never forgotten this wonderful, magical film. It would mean so much to me to see it again, but, as far as I know, it has never been shown on TV in this country and I can't get it on video.

    I just pray that, one day, some DVD manufacturer will produce a copy for the British market. I'm willing to pay good money for it.

    All I want for Christmas . . . . . . ...more info
  • Critics WRONG. Wonderful movie about love and devotion
    This is one of the most wonderful movies I have seen. Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark are wonderful. I fell in love with Peter O'Toole from this movie, and have loved everything he has done since. By far though, this is my favorite movie of Peter O'Toole's....more info
  • A Musical in Search of a Score
    Thirty years after the 1939 classic film won Robert Donat an Oscar and made Greer Garson a star, "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" overcame a multitude of problems before stumbling to the screen in this musical version. Original stars Rex Harrison and Samantha Eggar were replaced by Richard Burton and Lee Remick, who in turn were given the heave-ho in favor of - thankfully - Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark. Andre Previn's score was rejected, and the one eventually used was composed by - unfortunately - Leslie Bricusse. First-time director Herbert Ross was handed the monumental task of transforming a simple love story - that of a man for both his wife and students - into a big-budget extravaganza. That it succeeds as well as it does despite the many obstacles in its way is a testament to its two stars.

    Arthur Chipping is a Latin teacher at Brookfield, a boys' school in suburban England where he himself was educated. Introverted and socially inept, he is dedicated to his students but unable to inspire them. Prior to summer holiday, a former student takes him to a London music hall to see an entertainment starring Katharine Bridges, the young lady he hopes to wed. The post-performance meeting is awkward for all, and Chips - as he is commonly known - sets off to explore some of Italy's ancient ruins. Unexpectedly, he runs into Katharine, who has booked a Mediterranean cruise to allow her time to mourn a failed love affair and ponder the direction of her career. In the time they spend together, she discovers a kind and gentle man beneath the befuddled exterior, and upon returning to London pursues him in earnest. When the fall term begins, Chips returns to Brookfield with his young bride, and the two settle into a life of quiet domesticity. Complications arise when aspects of Katharine's past surface, and again when World War II intrudes in their lives, but Chips is bolstered by his wife's support, and his new-found confidence makes him a favorite among the students.

    Aside from three of the musical interludes - the delightful music hall production number "London is London," Katharine's marriage proposal of sorts, "Walk Through the World," and her declaration of love, "You and I" - most of Bricusse's songs, some of them performed in voice-over as the characters explore their emotions, are easily forgettable and in no way enhance the film. Eliminate the score entirely, and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" works exceedingly well as a drama. Terrence Rattigan's script retains elements of the original while expanding upon it and updating it by a couple of decades. He has crafted several scenes between Chips and Katharine that beautifully delineate their devotion to each other, and infused a few with comic relief courtesy of Katharine's friend and cohort, over-the-top actress Ursula Mossbank (delightfully played by Sian Phillips, O'Toole's real-life wife at the time). He also captures life at a British public school - the equivalent of a private academy here in the States - with unerring perfection.

    Ross does well as a first-time director, liberally sprinkling the film with breathtakingly photographed moments - the opening credits sequence, during which the school anthem echoes in the vast stone hallways of the school, perfectly sets the tone for the film. Costumes and sets are true to the period. The students, portrayed by non-professionals who were enrolled at the school used as Brookfield, handle their various small supporting roles well.

    Highest praise is reserved for Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark in the lead roles. O'Toole was long-established as a first-class dramatic actor, so his Academy Award-nominated performance here comes as no surprise. Clark, a veteran of some two dozen B-movies in the UK and the previous year's "Finian's Rainbow," is absolutely luminous as the music hall soubrette who forsakes a theatrical career in favor of life as a schoolmaster's wife. Her golden voice enriches her songs and almost allows us to overlook how insipid most of them are, and she more than matches O'Toole in their dramatic scenes together. The chemistry between the two is palpable and leaves us with no doubt that this is a couple very much in love.

    This version of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" is hardly the disaster many critics described when it was released. Ignore the score, concentrate on the performances, and revel in the atmosphere Ross has put on the screen. It's a pleasant way to spend a rainy afternoon with someone you love. ...more info
  • As usual the critics are wrong!!! Great Movie, Great Music.
    After watching this movie, I can only wonder at what motivates these critics. This is a very, very fine movie with strong acting, good music and an uplifting love story. Sorry guys, I bought this video and it's a keeper. I only wish they would put out a soundtrack CD also....more info
  • This needs to be on DVD NOW
    This movie definitely needs to be on DVD. Considering what junk is being put out on DVD, it is a shame that one with the music and a story line like this hasn't been done. It doesn't cost that much to put it on DVD, so just do it and let all of us buy it and enjoy the movie and music! ...more info
  • A Warm and Touching Film
    "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" is a classic, sentimental tale about a reserved British schoolmaster (Peter O'Toole) who meets and falls in love with a beautiful show girl (Petula Clark). The dour school teacher and the flamboyant show girl stand in stark contrast to one another, yet they share a love and devotion that only deepens through the years. Slowly, the classics teacher emerges from his shell to become a much beloved figure to generations of young boys who profit from his teaching and guidance at the mythical Brookfield School in England.

    Peter O'Toole is a versatile actor whose range has been exhibited in his role as the driven scholar, warrior, and Messiah in "Lawrence of Arabia," as the comic and cunning art thief in "How to Steal a Million," and here, in his touching and affecting performance as Arthur Chipping, schoolmaster. Petula Clark is the renowned song stylist who adds spirit and sensitivity to her role, not to mention a brilliant, soaring voice. Together, O'Toole and Clark create a chemistry that gives the film a universal appeal, transcending time and generations. This motion picture will leave a lump in the throat and a glow in the heart....more info

  • Goodbye, Mr. Chips with Peter O'Toole
    This is a most wonderful, musical remake of the original 1939 film. Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark are superb and give most touching performances. Why is this movie not available on DVD? So many inferior films on DVD from this period and other eras are available and I can't help wonder how such a beautiful film as this be overlooked?...more info
  • One of the finest musicals we possess
    It has always been a mystery to me as to the reasons behind the fashionable distaste for the musical version of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips." I've never been able to solve the mystery, but it is merely fashionability. The score is one of the most beautiful ever written -- I've listened to it across the span of my entire life from the time it was released in 1969 and have yet to find it anything but extraordinary. The film is a moving depiction of what love is really about and never fails to move me. The performances by both Peter O'Toole (why has Hollywood thought it useful to cheat this great actor of his due with a "real" Oscar -- sheer jealousy?) and Petula Clark are extraordinary. Yet, a strange, and, to me, bizarre cult of disparagement has risen about this film. Don't be fooled by fools who wish to belittle real talent. This is one of the all-time great musicals. Don't miss it....more info
  • A film classic!
    Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark shine in this vastly underrated 1969 musical adaptation of James Hilton's classic novel. Beautifully directed by Herbert Ross, this film deserves to be restored to its 70MM / 6 track stereophonic glory and released in theaters and on widescreen DVD.

    This is a heart-warming film for the entire family. Some would argue the acting isn't great, O'Toole can't sing and Robert Donat was better in the 1939 original. They miss the point. This film has a soul. It has grace, charm, warmth, music and is in a class of its own. I didn't expect to like this film and its songs -- but I do. Leslie Bricusse and John Williams won the Oscar for Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation) and picked up the Golden Globe as well. O'Toole was nominated for, but did not win, the Oscar that year. However he did win the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy and the NBR Best Actor Award for this film. And Petula Clark sings beautifully!

    Please, whoever holds the film rights (MGM or Warner), give us O'Toole and Clark in this wonderful, heart-warming film, both on DVD and CD. Delightful film. Highly recommended!

    January 27, 2009 UPDATE:
    See: ASIN: B00005JO3W. The restored film was released on DVD in its original widescreen format and 5.1 surround sound. Yes! ...more info
  • Good Show, GREAT music...
    Still one of the best movies for content and music that will last you the rest of your life. Take the risk: buy it. Get into it. Why isn't the music on CD? Or the show on DVD?...more info
  • Great Date Movie
    I first watched this movie with my husband when we were dating. It's guaranteed to bring any couple closer together. I felt that Peter O'Toole and Petulia Clarke really really liked each other (on screen and off). This movie carries an important message is about mutual respect between a husband and wife....more info
  • Great movie - great actors, great songs - it has it all.
    A touching heartwarming love story between a prim and proper school teacher and a beautiful show girl who is fed up with the life under the lights. The acting is superb, the story is superb, the songs are superb, and the voice of Petula Clark as always is superb. I would recommend this movie to anyone....more info
  • A greatly underrated and neglected musical
    When this musical was released, critics unfairly blasted this film and blamed it for being one of the big budget film musicals that put an end to the production of film musicals. This shows you how wrong critics can be. Most people who watch this film today ADORE this movie! I certainly do. It is one of my favorite musicals. It is blessed with wonderful performances by Peter O'Toole and the fabulous Petula Clark, who is soulful and winning . It has a beautiful score of lovely songs (O'Toole does his own singing and Petula Clark's voice is sheer perfection). The photography for this movie is beautiful. Best of all, this is a movie about love, about its ability to transform individuals and provide happiness. This is a great movie, many times better than the non-musical version made by MGM in 1939. Beware: some prints of this film shown on television are shortened by about 30 minutes (they edited out many of the songs). Try to catch the full length version because the songs and music are an important facet of this film's appeal and greatness....more info
  • smashing
    I saw this film for the first time on television today and thought it was incredible. Peter O'Toole reminded me of a teacher I once had and his relationship with his wife was also very heart warming. I am going to get some copies of this classic as Christmas presents and would recommend it as a wonderful family film....more info
  • Wonderful, Classic Musical!
    Don't believe the critics on this one-when "Chips" came out they practically had to have blood to take a film seriously. But even Pauline Kael thought Peter O' Toole's performance was the best of the year, even though she didn't like the score either. (Could you imagine Rex Harrison in the role? He was all set to do it, but pulled out, which explains the "talk-singing" of Chip's songs!) The pacing is just right, the leads have real chemistry, and the score sounds better every year. A must in any form! The video is only available in the panned and scanned version though, which gives the film a very intimate feel in contrast to the letter-boxed laserdisc version, (which they would use for DVD)which provides a more epic sensation by far. I have never seen the whole feel of a film altered so drastically by scanning-its like they filmed it twice. If you like "Chips", compare the two, and see what you think!...more info
  • Mr. Chips has arrived
    It has finally happened, the DVD release of Goodbye Mr. Chips (Peter O'Toole version). Yes it is Widescreen, yes it has the 4 min intro Overture music, yes I saw it on the big screen as a child, yes it is playing right now on my TV as I type. The wait is over....more info
  • It's about time!
    It's about time this classic comes out on dvd. My family has worn out countless VHS versions over the years. In 1988 I was in 5th grade and my father put on a huge charity event in the Chicago area where Petula was the entertainment for the evening. Not only did my family get to meet her but my sister along with my mother and father got to have breakfast with Petula in her hotel room the next morning. I have the pictures of my sister and I wearing Groucho Marx glasses with her (we even talked her into wearing them for one of the pictures). Anyway, she sang many songs from this classic movie that night and they were just as amazing in person as they were in the movie. It's too bad that Hollywood has lost the ability to make quality films anymore but if you are like me and looking for something classy, fun and most importantly entertaining then pre-order this gem right now!...more info
  • In the Morning of My Life, I Will Look to the Sunrise . . .
    "In the morning of my life, I will look to the sunrise . . ." begins my favorite song from "Goodbye, Mr. Chips." It has been a long time since this wonderful movie was first released and enchanted the many people who saw it; and I, for one, remain enchanted. I also thought this movie was lost for good.
    But, sometimes, lovely things do happen. And the release of this touching movie on DVD is one of them. I am so glad a new generation will have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Chips, his lovely wife, and those students with "their shining morning faces."
    The story centers around a dedicated, but dry, boys' school Latin scholar who finds himself transformed by the love of a woman from a "different world." Together, their love and devotion makes them both better people, and isn't that what love should do?
    Watch for all the moral lessons woven into the movie. Watch how they treat each other, even when they disagree.
    I can still see Mr. Chips standing in the snow as "another new class" of students passes by, tipping their hats and saying, "Good morning, Sir." Yes, it makes you think there will always be an England.
    Well, I tip my hat to the wise and wonderful individuals who saved this movie and put it out on DVD. May you live to be a thousand years old. Now, if you could get "Dear Heart" released, there is hope for the world.
    If you haven't seen this movie, please give it a chance. If it touches you, as it has so many here, you will be much the better for it.
    "Gnothi Seaton" - You will know what it means if you watch "Goodbye, Mr. Chips," and, by watching this lovely film, what it means will be a little more true about you.
    Enjoy, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and, once again, thanks for releasing it.
    ...more info
  • Goodbye,great plot
    This musical could be better termed "Great Actor Meets Famous Singer With Help of Disastrous Script." Pair Peter O'Toole of Lawrence of Arabia fame with Petula "Downtown" Clark,and use a ludicrous script loosely based on the Robert Donat classic. Add music and stir.

    In this version,Mr.Chips is an uptight,prudish,dowdy schoolteacher who encounters a dancehall girl when vacationing in the Mediterranean. The dancehall girl is pretty desperate,since she hits on the dowdy teacher,saying,"Let's make whoopee!" One can understand her American Pie-style desperation to lose her virginity,but to him??? As a dancehall girl,didn't she have her pick of guys? Or maybe she's a gold-digger. It has the steaminess of the first encounter between the late Anna Nicole Smith and her late elderly billionaire husband-to-be in the strip club. The paternal Mr.Chips obliges. He gets a trophy wife&becomes a happy,easygoing person. In the original,Mr.Chips' young wife dies in childbirth. This movie throws in WWII and the young wife dies during the Blitz.

    "Goodbye Mr.Chips" has some good acting (Sian Philips is a hammy vamp),but it fails as a remake,a musical,and a WWII movie.This musical is blitzed by a bad script,and cheesy songs....more info
  • Nice Musical, But It Could Lose 20 Minutes
    This updated remake of GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS is an entertaining, if overlong (in its roadshow version), musical adaptation of the 1939 classic film, which starred Robert Donat and Greer Garson.

    Peter O'Toole is excellent in the leading role. He's no singer, but his songs don't really require a Howard Keel to put them across. Most of the singing, rightly so, falls to Petula Clark, who is quite charming.

    The songs are pleasant, though not really that memorable.

    Understandably, WHV has released the complete roadshow version of the film (rather than the shorter theatrical version) onto DVD. Frankly, I much prefer the theatrical version, because the roadshow version goes on about 20 minutes too long, making what could have been a very touching ending rather anti-climatic.

    ? Michael B. Druxman...more info
  • IT IS IN WIDESCREEN WITH 5.1 SURROUND SOUND!!!!!
    My thanks to D. Launderville for his recent review advising that this DVD is widescreen. No website, including the official website for Warner Bros home video, had any information regarding the aspect ratio for this release. Upon reading his advisory that the release was indeed a widescreen print with 5.1 surround sound audio I promptly placed my order with Amazon and upgraded to 1-day delivery.
    As someone who always catches this film (as I'm sure many others who are reading this do) on a certain classic film channel known for presenting films in their original aspect ratio whenever possible, the idea that this film's glorious 2:20/2:35 print could be cropped down to a miserable pan-and-scan is unconscionable!!!

    I hope that other fans of this film that shared my concern have read D. Launderville's review and have placed their orders for this wonderful film. If they have not, I hope that they will see this review.

    Why no website provided this information continues to bewilder me.

    I loved everyone's performance in this film, however, I feel compelled to single out the fabulous Sian Phillips as the divine Ursula Mossbank. She had less than 10 minutes of screen time in this film but she stole every scene she appeared in. I like to describe her performance as "Auntie Mame on Absinthe".

    Order your copy now!!!!!...more info
  • Brilliant news to musical lovers
    I just could not believe after all these years, a DVD of Goodbye Mr. Chips is going to be released. Ever since i watched the movie back in 1969 in Hong Kong, the movie and the songs were in my minds always. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend a boarding school two years later and experienced the life of boarding school. The two songs of "You and I" and "Walk through the world with me" are just pure magic and i wish the music producers could give much more credits to these two songs. I certainly would recommend to old and new lovers to have these two songs downloaded in their MP3 and listen to these two songs while walking down the river Thames in the evening with your beloved one! I am sure you will never forget this experience. Remember to choose the bridge with the blue neon lights too!
    Beautiful movie and singing by Petula Clark. You are absolutely magic.

    Re...more info
  • IT IS IN WIDESCREEN WITH 5.1 SURROUND SOUND!!!!!
    My thanks to D. Launderville for his recent review advising that this DVD is widescreen. No website, including the official website for Warner Bros home video, had any information regarding the aspect ratio for this release. Upon reading his advisory that the release was indeed a widescreen print with 5.1 surround sound audio I promptly placed my order with Amazon and upgraded to 1-day delivery.
    As someone who always catches this film (as I'm sure many others who are reading this do) on a certain classic film channel known for presenting films in their original aspect ratio whenever possible, the idea that this film's glorious 2:20/2:35 print could be cropped down to a miserable pan-and-scan is unconscionable!!!

    I hope that other fans of this film that shared my concern have read D. Launderville's review and have placed their orders for this wonderful film. If they have not, I hope that they will see this review.

    Why no website provided this information continues to bewilder me.

    I loved everyone's performance in this film, however, I feel compelled to single out the fabulous Sian Phillips as the divine Ursula Mossbank. She had less than 10 minutes of screen time in this film but she stole every scene she appeared in. I like to describe her performance as "Auntie Mame on Absinthe".

    Order your copy now!!!!!...more info
  • Mr. Chips Should Not Sing
    Peter O'Toole stars as the reserved, quiet private school master who learns to relax and open up thanks to the love of a good woman, eventually earning the respect of all around him. O'Toole gives an excellent performance, although having him sing wasn't the wisest choice. Petula Clark is warm and cheerful as his wife, and they work well together. Maybe if I was a fan of musicals, I might rate this one more highly, but they could have cut out every song and I wouldn't have cared. There's nothing memorable about the musical numbers. It's the story and O'Toole that carry the film. The music should have been left out....more info
  • Sentimental Musical Chips is Made Whole Again
    The DVD
    Hooray! Warner has delivered the original widescreen restored road show version of the film. The extras, unfortunately, are just trailers and, sadly there is no commentary (especially as Petula Clark, Peter O'Toole and Leslie Bricusse are all still around and have a well-known fondness for this project). The visuals look a bit soft -but they were shot that way, mostly with long lenses on a fast film stock.

    The Movie
    "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" is a lovely, sentimental story of a quiet, some might say even ordinary, man.

    Producer Arthur P. Jacobs put the production in the hands of first time directory Herbert Ross (later to direct "The Goodbye Girl " and just about every Neil Simon movie in the 70's and 80's). Ross wanted to incorporate the way songs were used in films like "The Graduate" and" Easy Rider"; as counterpoint and commentary on the action, rather than being sung on screen. As with most first time directors the end results are mixed - but what's good is very good indeed.

    The rock solid core of the movie is Peter O'Toole's portrayal of schoolmaster Arthur Chipping. Just watch his final speech as headmaster at the end of the movie: a man slowed by advanced age (in his 70's?) but mentally facile; characteristically stoic but capable of deep emotion. Then remind yourself: this part is being played by a 36-year-old Irishman, who a year earlier was the rowdy, forceful King Henry II in "Lion in Winter" . The proper, introverted Mr. Chipping is a world away from that lusty king - but always vividly real.

    Petula Clark contributes an earthy emotional counterpoint to Chips stuffiness. She's in great voice and completely convincing as the stage star who's sampled the good life and found it wanting. The script doesn't do her any favors in slathering on the whole "a real woman gives up her career and finds fulfillment in the love of her man" theme . But Pet makes me believe that the choices are on her terms.

    And what can you say about Sian Phillips scenery-chewing cameo as a 1920's stage vamp, Ursula Mossbank? At their last leave taking, she calls out over her shoulder as she heads out the door, "Well I'll see you tomorrow, or next week, or in heaven or somewhere...". Chips replies, "In heaven, certainly", smiling at Kathrine.

    The music: I love "Walk Through the World", "Schooldays", "Fill the World With Love" and the moody "Where Did My Childhood Go". And I can't step off a plane at Heathrow without the catchy lyrics to "London is London" spinning in my head. On the other hand, I can definitely live without "The Sky Smiled". To make matters worse, Ross zooms in and out throughout this number like a first-time father with a new camcorder. Even so, John Williams orchestrates and scores the film with the dramatic style he would later bring to his own scores in the next decade.

    Backstage note: Some have asked, "Why make a musical of Goodby, Mr. Chips?" Arthur P. Jacobs' answer in 1964 was this: Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews directed by Vincent Minnelli with a score by Andre Previn. But finding the right format and score was difficult, with Previn writing and discarding songs. Jacobs had to go forward with other projects ("Dr. Doolittle" and "Planet of the Apes") and as a result he lost both his stars. Richard Burton stepped in, then Leslie Bricusse replaced Previn as composer. Petula Clark signed on. Burton out; Peter O'Toole in. And I, for one, couldn't be happier that he took up the part.

    Fan note: Did you know that there is a 3 CD set of the entire score (songs and background music) PLUS the contents of the original soundtrack LP PLUS outtakes, alternate versions, and interviews with Leslie Bricusse and the cast: Goodbye, Mr. Chips If Amazon doesn't have it then Google for it....more info
  • Goodbye Mr. Chips
    This movie was touching and moving as we see a humble schoolmaster gradually change from being shy and reserved to much more loving and open especially after finding someone who loves him body and soul. Peter O'Toole portrayed Arthur Chipping superbly!...more info
  • Great musical, great acting, great scenery
    Along with the other reviewers, I have always been mystified as to the critics' harsh criticism of this splendid musical. Along with beautiful music, this was a true love story and it was obvious that O'Toole and Clark clicked onscreen. A bonus is the beautiful photography of both England and Greece. Something no one has mentioned: the hilarious performance of the sterling British actress Sian Phillips, who was married to O'Toole at the time the movie was shot....more info
  • This Chips Needs to Be on DVD!!
    With all the films going on DVD, there is no reason why this musical version of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" should be released immediately. There has never been a more sensitive, completely vulnerable performance than that of Peter O'Toole--with a devastating long close-up shot as he says goodbye to his school as he retires. And, I'm sorry, but Petula Clark has just the right theatricality for her role as a West End musical comedy star. Her performance rings much truer than Julie Andrews pale rendering of Gertrude Lawrence in "Star." Finally there's the score which is the epitome of a movie musical score, with "Walk Through the World With Me", "You and I", "What a Bunch of Flowers" and "London" as great examples of cinematic musical numbers. There's even an added treat in the comic turn of Siann Phillips as Tallulah Bankhead wanna be Ursula. How many five star reviews does it take to get MGM to put this "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" on DVD? ...more info