A glittering assembly of stars, celebrities and social leaders turned out Friday, November 7, 1969, for the West Coast premiere of MGM's Arthur P. Jacobs Production "Goodbye Mr. Chips" starring Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark. Event at the Fox Wilshire Theatre benefited the Motion Picture and Television Relief Fund and was highlighted by a post-premiere tented supper dance at which Les Brown and his Band of Renown entertained. "Goodbye Mr. Chips" notables in attendance were Miss Clark, producer Arthur P. Jacobs, composer Leslie Bricusse, screenwriter Terence Rattigan, music conductor-supervisior John Williams, Oscar-winning costume designer Julie Harris and headmaster Robert Powell from Sherborne School, England where much of the film was photographed under the direction of Herbert Ross. The 70mm Panavision motion picture features 12 new musical numbers by Bricusse and is adapted from James Hilton's classic love story.
[Ed note: The premiere arrivals were actually televised in Los Angeles.