The Films of Petula Clark
Goodbye, Mr. Chips


Released August 1969 [USA]
Musical - 147 minutes

SYNOPSIS:
A shy schoolmaster finds love with a stage actress who helps bring him to greatness as a teacher, ultimately earning him the respect and admiration of his students and peers.
Musical remake of the 1939 classic. Based on the novel by James Hilton.
  • Film Trailer


  • CAST:
    Arthur Chipping
    Katherine Bridges
    Headmaster
    Lord Sutterwick
    Ursula Mossbank
    Max Staefel

    .....Peter O'Toole
    .....Petula Clark
    .....Michael Redgrave
    .....George Baker
    .....Sian Phillips
    .....Michael Bryant



    Program

    Poster


    SOUNDTRACK:
      Music and Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse (all songs)
    • Complete soundtrack released on vinyl
    • Promotional soundtrack also released.
    • Excerpts released on CD (along with highlights from "The Boyfriend")


    • "Overture"
      Performed by Orchestra,
      Conducted by John Williams
    • "Main Titles/Fill the World With Love"
      Performed by Orchestra and Boys Chorus
    • "Where Did My Childhood Go?"
      Performed by Peter O'Toole
    • "London Is London"
      Performed by Petula Clark
    • "And the Sky Smiled"
      Performed by Petula Clark
    • "Apollo"
      Performed by Petula Clark
    • "When I Am Older"
      Performed by Boys Chorus
    • "Walk Through the World"
      Performed by Petula Clark
    • "Fill the World With Love"
      Performed by Petula Clark, Boys Chorus
    • "Entr'Acte/What Shall I Do With Today?"
      Performed by Orchestra Conducted by John Williams/Petula Clark
    • What A Lot of Flowers"
      Performed by Peter O'Toole
    • "What A Lot of Flowers (Reprise)"
      Performed by Peter O'Toole
    • "And the Sky Smiled (Reprise)"
      Performed by Petula Clark
    • "Schooldays"
      Performed by Petula Clark and Boys
    • "You and I"
      Performed by Petula Clark
    • "Fill the World With Love (Reprise)"
      Performed by Peter O'Toole, Boys Chorus
    • "Exit Music - You and I"
      Performed by Orchestra Conducted by John Williams

    Recording session.


    AWARDS:
      Academy Awards
    • Peter O'Toole was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role
    • Leslie Bricusse, John Williams were nominated for Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation)
      Golden Globes
    • Peter O'Toole won Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy
    • Leslie Bricusse was nominated for Best Original Score
    • Siân Phillips was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress
      National Board of Review, USA
    • Peter O'Toole won Best Actor
      National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA
    • Sian Phillips won Best Supporting Actress

    Queen Elizabeth greets Petula at Royal premiere


    REVIEW EXCERPTS:
    • For the new version, the wife has been made a West End musical-comedy actress, which gives Petula Clark a reason for playing it. I think I'm in love with her. If she had come along twenty years ago, a time the screen knew a mercurial presense when it saw one, she would have been a much bigger star than she ever has a chance of being now. The playing is superb. Peter O'Toole is a prim and angular Chips who wears a look of permanent insecurity; Miss Clark is a soft, sweet-smelling, dimpled doughnut with powdery cheeks and witty anxiety, like a new Jean Arthur. Together they are perfect counterparts. . .Goodbye Mr. Chips is, I'm afraid, very square indeed, but thanks to an idyllic ast and a magnificent director, there is so much love and beauty in it that it made my heart stop with joy. I found it all quite irresistible.
      Rex Reed, Holiday

    • Petula Clark, in an expansion of the Greer Garson role, also contributes grace and intelligence to the production.
      Newsweek - 11/17/69

    • Rarely have a pair of players been so marvelously in turn with each other as Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark.
      Seventeen

    • Goodbye Mr. Chips, at the Palace, has been produced in England in surroundings of inevitable authenticity and taste, with performers of extraordinary talent and range, and the results are here for all of us to share the sentimental warmth. Peter O'Toole give one of his very best performances as the repressed professor, and Petula Clark goes to town in the other direction as the actress-singer who really wants to lead another kind of life. This is a pictures which, if you will concede the value and interest of subject and story, could hardly have been made into a more appealing picture. I enjoyed it and I was far from prejudiced in its favor. That O'Toole performance is a gem, and Petula Clark knows exactly how to enhance its brilliance, and her own, most effectively.
      Archer Winsten, New York Post - 11/6/69

    • Petula Clark brings spontaneity, charm and a refreshing ingenue quality that belies her age.
      Box Office

    • Petula Clark, as the musical-comedy star who exchanges the false glamour of the stage for the fusty restrictions of faculty life, troubling herself and everyone else with the difficulties of the transition, is fresh and charming. Together with O’Toole she provides the firm, bright core for a film always in danger of becoming mushy. Nearly unaided, they make the old thing work—and make it worthwhile.”
      Richard Schickel - Life Magazine

    • And what of Petula Clark?
      She is wonderful. Clark plays Catherine as though she is coming from just the other direction as Chips. Outwardly gay and devil-may-care, she is really someone who wants nothing to do with glamour. but would love to settle down and have a family. "My real name is Briskit," she tells Chips in Pompeii, to which he answers secretly delighted, "A good Anglo-Saxon name." As Clark plays Catherine she is both earth mother and Mother England all rolled up in one. (She actually appears as the seated Brittania early in the film. What is most remarkable about Petula Clark's portrayal of Catherine is that she becomes Catherine, a Catherine who loves her husband more than anything else. Everytime she looks at Chips we see love. It would be interesting to learn how o'Toole and Clark got along during the filming, for if they didn't like each other they immediately must be nominated for every acting award available.) The pride Catherine feels for Chips. . .the devotion. . . are tangible things. This is real. As played by Petula Clark, Catherine is the woman every man dreams of marrying which makes her perfect for the dumb-founded at his good luck Chips.
      Jeff Laffel, Films in Review - December 1992


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