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Goodbye Mr Chips (1969)

A musical version of James Hilton’s classic novel, starring Peter O’Toole and Petula Clark.

A shy and dedicated teacher struggles to develop a rapport with his pupils. But one day he meets a beautiful singer and his life is transformed.

Director Herbert Ross became one of Hollywood’s most assured directors of light entertainment but he was very lucky indeed to get another chance after this nightmare of a debut. Rex Harrison and Richard Burton both had the sense to send Terence Rattigan’s script back from whence it came, and not even an Oscar nomination can hide the fact that this is one of Peter O’Toole’s least distinguished performances.

The fact that John Williams and Leslie Bricusse were also nominated for best score is even more preposterous as the songs in this musical adaptation are simply shocking.

Arthur “Chips” Chipping
Peter O’Toole
Katherine Bridges
Petula Clark
Michael Redgrave
Lord Sutterwick
George Baker
Ursula Mossbank
Sian Phillips
Max Staefel
Michael Bryant
William Baxter
Jack Hedley
Headmaster’s wife
Alison Leggatt
Bill Calbury
Clinton Greyn
Mrs Paunceforth
Barbara Couper
Johnny Longbridge
Michael Culver
Miss Honeybun
Patricia Hayes

Herbert Ross