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UK / MGM / 114 minutes / 1939 black and white

Writers: R C Sherriff, Claudine West, Eric Maschwitz, Sidney Franklin from James Hilton’s novel / Director: Sam Wood

Cast: Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn, John Mills, Paul (Von) Henreid, Judith Furse, Lyn Harding, Milton Rosmer, Louise Hampton

ROBERT DONAT rightly won the Academy Award for Best Actor, beating Clark Gable who had been nominated for Gone With the Wind, for his perfect, poignant performance in this classic film of James Hilton’s celebrated story following a shy retiring English schoolmaster from his first teaching job to his death. Hilton’s original novella, written in just four days to meet a magazine deadline in 1934, is recounted in flashback by the 83-year-old Donat. The story begins with him going to teach at an English boys’ public school as a keen young man. His romance with the girl (played by Academy Award-nominated…

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Goodbye Mr Chips (MGM 1939 with Robert Donat and Greer Garson)

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