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Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Goodbye, Mr. Chips is a novel by James Hilton, first published in 1934. It tells the story of a much-beloved schoolteacher, through the long years of his tenure at the boys' school where he taught. Mr Chipping's initial shyness is conquered when he marries a young woman he meets on holiday.

The novel has been adapted several times for film and television, the best known screen version being the 1939 movie. It stars Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn, John Mills and Paul Henreid.

The film was adapted by R.C. Sherriff, Claudine West and Eric Maschwitz from the novel. It was directed by Sam Wood.

The movie was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Robert Donat won for Best Actor, beating out Clark Gable, who was nominated for Gone With the Wind.

In 1969, a relatively unsuccessful musical film version appeared, starring Peter O'Toole as Mr Chipping and Petula Clark as his wife.