The Films of Petula Clark
Goodbye, Mr. Chips

The Story

Chips (Peter O'Toole) was totally uncompromising. He ruled his class with an iron fist. It earned the boys' respect and sometimes their defiance.

"Flossie from Fulham" in action. That was how Chips, an unwilling spectator at the brash music hall show, first set his eyes on his wife.

Meeting by chance on holiday in Greece, Katherine and Chips saw more of each other. He was, she decided, the nicest man she had ever met and after meeting again in London, the pedantic middle-aged schoolmaster and the gay, extrovert actress fell in love.

But troubles lay ahead. While most of Chips' students and colleagues welcomed his show-biz bride, some of the parents did not. It cost Chips the chance of becoming headmaster and very nearly his marriage.

Yet somehow Kathryn and Chips survived the difficult early years and as the years went by, their love grew and deepened.

Only when war broke out was Chips made headmaster at last, but he couldn't share the news of his triumph with Katherine. That same day while entertaining the troops, she was killed in an air raid.
When the war ended, Chips had to retire. But having devoted his entire life to the school, his memories and the new boys at Brookfield still continued to fill the remaining days of his life.

West Coast Premiere

Pictured, left to right:
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Powell, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Wolff

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 - click here.]


German poster

American poster

Belgian poster


Mexican lobby card

Mexican comic book

American comic book



FILM REVIEW 1969-1970
This is an odd item. Although a still from Chips is
featured on the cover, there is no review of Chips inside.

Look Magazine

The cap's crocheted, the scarf knitted--and.
both are part of the singing star's wardrobe-of-the-30's
in MGM'S musical remake of "Goodbye Mr. Chips"
McCalls magazine


Hello, Mr. Chips

MORE - Chips - Page 3
Chips - Page 1