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This year, one of the first movies on schools and
teachers is released to the public. Using flashbacks, 'Goodbye, Mr. Chips'
follows the life of a shy classics teacher for several decades. A British
production directed by Sam Wood, the film was based on a short autobiographical
novel written by James Hilton in the early 1930s which was published first in
the British Weekly and later in The Atlantic Monthly. In the story, the teacher
remembers his pupils, colleagues and authorities, and reflects on his career and
on his personal life.
Filmed in a 16th century school, the picture became an instant success, receiving several Academy Awards nominations. In the film, professional actors like Robert Donat, Greer Garson and Paul Henreid interacted with real students and faculty serving as extras in the cast.
Exactly three decades later, in 1969, and after the success of The Blackboard Jungle (1955), the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced a musical remake of the 1939 classic. This second version of 'Goodbye, Mr. Chips' was directed by Herbert Ross, with the performances of Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark.
Tim Dirks (2002). Greatest Films: http://www.filmsite.org/good.html
Internet Movie Data Base (imdb): http://www.us.imdb.com
Thom Prentice, Hollywood movies about schools, teens and teachers: http://www.education.swt.edu/vitae/Movies4teachers.htm
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