Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. December Learn how and when to remove this template message For the first time in 58 years, retired Latin  master Mr Chipping Robert Donat misses a first-day assembly at Brookfield public school , founded in The doctor has told him to stay at home with a cold , and, as the headmaster tells the school, "a cold can be a serious thing for a young fellow of He is sitting outside the locked door of the great Hall with a new boy, who also did not make it in time. When the assembly disbands, boys pour out the door, greeting Chips, who knows all their names and interests and compares them to their fathers and grandfathers. A new young master admires his facility with the boys and Chips replies wistfully that it was not always so; it took him a long time—too long—to learn the secret, and someone else gave him that secret.
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Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. December Learn how and when to remove this template message For the first time in 58 years, retired Latin  master Mr Chipping Robert Donat misses a first-day assembly at Brookfield public school , founded in The doctor has told him to stay at home with a cold , and, as the headmaster tells the school, "a cold can be a serious thing for a young fellow of He is sitting outside the locked door of the great Hall with a new boy, who also did not make it in time.
When the assembly disbands, boys pour out the door, greeting Chips, who knows all their names and interests and compares them to their fathers and grandfathers. A new young master admires his facility with the boys and Chips replies wistfully that it was not always so; it took him a long time—too long—to learn the secret, and someone else gave him that secret.
That afternoon, he falls asleep in his chair by the fire—a lavish tea is waiting for any boys who come by—and his teaching career is shown in flashback. When Charles Edward Chipping first arrives as a Latin master in , he is 24 years old, fresh from university, and full of dreams of building a life at Brookfield—and even becoming headmaster one day. He has a superior degree in Classics the film never says which university he attended , but no teaching experience at all.
Agonizingly shy and obviously tentative in dealing with boys en masse, he becomes a target for the younger students even before the special train for Brookfield leaves the station. The only master in a compartment full of boys, the kind-hearted Chipping tries to console an unhappy youngster who bursts into tears; the other boys assume that Chipping kicked him. As the newest master, he is assigned to lower school prep on his first evening. Fellow masters warn him that the large group of restless boys will be prepared for " blood sports ".
They begin by knocking his hat off and he meets his first Colley, John Terry Kilburn plays all the Colley boys , who helpfully dusts off his hat with the chalk eraser. The class moves on to embarrassing questions about Elizabeth I Chipping cannot bring himself to say "The Virgin Queen" and ends by rioting.
Headmaster Wetherby Lyn Harding comes in and swiftly restores order, instructing every boy to report to his office for caning on a precise schedule. Later, in his office, he questions Chipping about his vocation, but the young man begs for another chance. Outside, two of the masters offer their condolences on the disaster and Chipping says ominously, "They will not do it again.
Before him is the elaborate silver cup that Brookfield must soon defend from a rival school in a hotly contested cricket match.
He pauses in the middle of his rousing speech when he realizes that the entire student body is sitting silently, heads bowed. Chipping steps up to explain. He had forgotten about the cricket match a confession that startles masters as well as students and the boys in one class were so rude about it that he told them they will have to stay in.
He is, however, very good at teaching Latin, making him highly respected. Years pass, shown on screen as paper chases , football games, cricket matches, and boys tipping their top hats and school caps as they enter assembly in alphabetical order, calling their last names for the roll.
The latter scene recurs throughout the film, with style of clothes and headgear changing with the times. Wetherby has died, in , as we see by his monument. It is end of term, and the chaplain sends the school forth with a blessing on their summer holidays. He is spending his vacation at Harrogate , as he has for years, walking through the countryside, alone.
Senior master[ edit ] Chipping is now the senior master and hopes, on that basis, to be appointed housemaster for the following year.
He is disappointed but not really surprised when the headmaster tells him that "with your unusual gifts for getting work out of the boys" it will be better if he continues to teach, leaving another, less senior man to be housemaster. He knows that the other man possesses an ability to make friends with the boys that has eluded him. Chipping returns to his room and stands in the dark, looking out the window at a bleak future, a look of blank desolation growing on his face.
Then his life changes, forever. Staefel refuses to be put off, and the next thing we know, they are at a modest inn in the mountains. There is mist on the peaks: Staefel is worried about Chipping and an Englishwoman named Flora Judith Furse is worried about her friend, Katherine Ellis.
The innkeeper assures them that if their friends stay still until the mist clears, they will be quite safe. Moving about, on the other hand, could be deadly. He makes his way along a precarious path, calling, and then a woman speaks, quite close. Out of the mist emerges the face of Kathy Greer Garson in her first appearance on screen She is a beautiful, intelligent young Englishwoman, independent but by no means militant, with a delightful sense of humour.
She is horrified when she realizes that Chipping risked his life when she was in no danger at all. They share her sandwiches and his coat, and get to know each other during the hours of waiting. Eventually the mist clears and they go down, meeting the torchlit search party, with Flora and Staefel among them. Back at the inn, the assembled guests and others toast Chipping, and then he excuses himself and goes to bed.
The party eventually ends, and sitting on the balcony with his pipe, he hears Kathy talking to Flora about him. Flora clearly thinks he is a stuffy old thing, but Kathy sees more. She feels for shy people and their loneliness. Then Staefel comes up and talks about how much the gathering wanted to give Chipping an evening.
Abashed, he confesses that he did not understand. Kathy and Flora continue their cycling holiday early the next morning, and for the rest of their travels, the two men keep an eye out for the ladies, for Chipping is very interested in seeing Kathy again. They look for the bicycles, which leads to a ludicrous encounter with two imposing Englishwomen, one of whom Martita Hunt loudly accuses Chipping of having designs on her virtue.
They take the steamer that runs on the Danube to Vienna , not knowing that Kathy and Flora are on the same boat. Staefel observes that the Danube does not appear at all blue, and Chipping remarks that the story is that it only appears so to those who are in love. On another part of the deck, Flora makes the same comment to Kathy, that the Danube is brown; Kathy looks at the river and tells her friend that it is blue.
The four meet on the gangway and spend the rest of their time in Vienna together, seeing all the sights. The skill that he possessed in his college days returns as they whirl around the ballroom. The next day the girls board the train that begins their journey home to England. At the last minute, Kathy kisses him, and while Chipping runs along the platform and she leans out of a window, they proclaim their love and desire to marry.
The train pulls away and Chipping is distraught; he does not know how to reach her. Staefel consoles him. Flora has all the arrangements for the wedding in hand, including the date, the time and the church. He refuses to reveal much. They are indignant when he tells them that Chipping wants to bring Kathy into this male preserve, but one by one, with stars in their eyes, they melt when she comes through the door. Kathy takes up residence at the school, charming everyone with her warmth.
Chips watches her with the boys, learns and blossoms. She brings him out of his shell and shows him how to be a better teacher by taking an interest in the things that occupy the students. She encourages him to share his flair for Latin puns with the boys, and the first attempt is a roaring success.
At Christmastime, they learn that Chips is going to be housemaster next term. Kathy is thrilled because this particular house has a room that will be perfect for a nursery. But their marriage will be tragically short. After a long and difficult labor, she dies in childbirth, along with their baby. The whole school mourns her loss. As the years pass, Chips becomes a much-loved school institution, developing a rapport with generations of pupils. In , he is pressured to retire by a new and more "modern" headmaster, who, among other issues, insists that Chips teach the new Latin pronunciation.
Chips insists that it is a waste of time when all the rest of their lives they will use the old form, and pronounce Cicero as SIS-er-ro, and not as KEE-kir-ro. The boys rally their families, and the board of governors of the school—most of whom are former students—take his side of the argument and tell him he can stay until he is However, Chips does concede the issue of the new pronunciation. Retirement[ edit ] Chips finally chooses to retire in at the age of 69, but is asked back to serve as interim headmaster because of the shortage of teachers during the war.
He remembers that Kathy had predicted he would become headmaster one day. Upon discovering that Max Staefel has died fighting on the German side, Chips reads out his name in chapel, too. He retires permanently in , but moves into rooms across the road from the school at the home of Mrs Wickett Louise Hampton , attending morning assembly, participating in the life of the school and having boys over for tea.
They have a smashing tea and as Colley leaves he turns back at the door to smile and say goodbye. Chips is on his deathbed when he overhears his colleagues talking about him. He responds, "I thought you said it was a pity, a pity I never had any children. I have! In the book, Mr Chipping is 22 when he arrives at Brookfield, with a birth year of , and Chips is 85 when he dies, in His age when he first comes to Brookfield is not stated in the film, but the Franco-Prussian War is under way, which sets the date of his arrival in September He retires at age 69 in , making his birth year , so in the film he arrives at Brookfield in at age 24 or He develops the cold and misses assembly—and dies soon afterwards—at age 83, which must be in This also fits with his year record for attendance beginning on the day he arrived: The evidence in the film that the year of his death is comes from Chips saying to a new pupil at the start of the film that he has not taught in 15 years.
Likewise he said to young Colley that he has been teaching for 63 years, meaning he would have arrived at age 20, which is impossible given his credentials.
Chips Robert Donat as Mr. Chips M. The year-old Donat begins playing a man 10 years younger than himself and ages over the course of the film to the mids. He remarked: "As soon as I put the moustache on, I felt the part, even if I did look like a great airedale come out of a puddle. Garson was initially offered a contract for MGM in , but refused all the minor parts she was offered until she was given this role.
Mayer after Mayer saw her in a London stage play.
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History[ edit ] The story was originally issued in , as a supplement to the British Weekly, an evangelical newspaper. It came to prominence when it was reprinted as the lead piece of the April issue of The Atlantic. The success of the Atlantic Monthly publication prompted a book deal between the author and the US publisher Little, Brown and Company , who published the story in book form for the first time in June The Great Depression had elevated business risks for most publishing houses, and Little, Brown were no exception. They cautiously released a small first print run. Public demand for more was immediate, and Little, Brown went into an almost immediate reprinting the same month.
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