Goodbye, Mr. Chips
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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)
Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark star in a musical adaptation of the classic 1939 Academy Award-winning, heartwarming film about the love between a shy teacher and his outgoing wife. Although singing star Katherine Chipping (Clark) dies far too young, her love inspires Arthur Chipping (O'Toole) to become an exceptional teacher and schoolmaster in this story of honor, manners and the joy of a live lived in the service of others.]]>
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Petula Clark is wonderful and of course, Peter O'Toole. Buy this and show it during the holidays next year!
Terrence Rattigan script positively rattles with great one liners and unlike the good but very dated 1939 version, it is not overtly sentimental or overplays the tragedies of the story. A great CD was released of the movie a few years ago, in that much is illustrated as to missing material cut from the film, some superb interviews with the stars and great unseen stills. It is such a shame that now when the movie finally comes, long overdue to DVD, that it is so short on any extras (as someone pointed out O Toole and Clarke would have jumped at the chance to discuss the film). I do not agree with the writer who said that unless you had seen the reserved seat roadshow version of the movie you had not seen this complete version until now. !!! This is exactly the same version available on laser disc and Video, albeit on video it was pan and scan. All the cuts and edits made in the early stages of the film's release remain here, ie the edited version of "Schooldays" and Peter O Toole's heartbreaking "When I Was Younger' which was recorded for the Cd, shot for the film (there are stills in the CD) but was cut , early in the release process.
Please dont get me wrong, all the latter cuts of the movie have been restored, so this is as full a length version of the film as has been seen by most of the public and is not that abominable 130 minute version which used to be shown on Tv quite a lot, but its still not the entirely complete version, sure there are overtures and intermission medlies and exit music etc(all of which were on the video ) but a 2 disc version that would have included some of the deleted scenes and interviews past and present with the still living stars would have brought it in line with the remarkable CD version still available.
What remains is a fine if not brilliant print of the film, that is darker and less washed out than the earlier Video release, beautiful sound and of course the marvellous marvellous movie itself, but, oh, what could have been done with this still very popular movie. I wonder whether Warners will ever realise what they have a re do a special version, I doubt it, but we can live in hope. !!
Peter O'Toole is at his best as the lonesome professor of Latin and Greek whose heart is conquered by the actress who falls for him, head over heels.
Petula Clark shines as the unfulfilled showgirl who abandons the stage for the academic guy she loves, standing by her man and giving support and guidance as a professor's wife at the boarding school which is the center of their world.
Superb acting and very good singing, not to be missed!
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