Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Melodrama, Marriage Drama  |   Release Date - Jul 28, 1939 (USA)  |   Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - UK  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Goodbye, Mr. Chips is another classic from 1939, featuring a performance by Robert Donat that is one of the most fondly remembered in 20th century filmmaking. A crisp and intelligent film in all aspects, it avoids the maudlin sentimentality that often hinders films of this sort. It has held a continuing influence on filmmakers -- for example, both Dead Poets Society and Mr. Holland's Opus would seem to be direct spiritual descendants. The film is at its most powerful when evoking an appealing view of the past, when manners and honor were primary values, and when spending one's life in service to others was a noble art. While its two remakes have substantial merit, the original version remains the best. It may, however, be too old-fashioned to appeal to some of today's moviegoers.