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Goodbye, Mr. Chips
updated 2.10.2004

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
At 31, I'm happy to say I've watched countless hours of PBS programming. It has always educated, moved or inspired me. Your production of Goodbye, Mr. Chips was the first Masterpiece Theatre I've watched. Brilliant, stunning! I had never heard of the story but found it to be first class. When it was over I immediately wanted to tell all of my loved ones what a magnificent piece of cinema I'd witnessed. I will be reading the book shortly. I gave the DVD to my sister and brother-in-law, both educators destined to make a positive difference in the lives of many young Americans in Maine. This Masterpiece Theatre version of Goodbye, Mr. Chips is bound to influence many people to make a difference in the lives of others in their own way, if not through education. Thanks.

Jason E. Coyne
Aurora, IL

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I purchased the DVD version of Goodbye Mr. Chips thinking it was the Hollywood version from the sixties. While it wasn't what I thought I wanted, after viewing it tonight I just can't think of a better production. I loved it, and I must say Martin Clunes as Mr. Chipping and Victoria Hamilton as Kathie gave superb performances. Thank you for something of real quality.

Rick Botti
San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Goodbye, Mr. Chips was terribly exciting. The costumes and the dialogue were so intriguing. The sweet camaraderie and passion between Chips and Cathy was palpable. The intellectual stimulation and empathy between Chips and students was the things most teachers' dreams are made of. Great all around acting, staging, scenery, costumes and locale. Another one to pull me into the tapestry while watching the 'goings on.' Thanks.

Cassaundra Gilchrist
Washington DC

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I am only 13, and every Sunday my parents deprive me of my Sunday Night Football to watch Masterpiece Theatre. At first I will always complain or question them as to why we must watch such "boring" movies. Goodbye Mr. Chips was different. I actually sat down without complaint and viewed the movie with my parents. It is now one of my favorite movies of all time, much better than most of the new stuff out. I would recommend this movie to anyone, old or young.

Derek McAbee
Hagerstown, MD

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
This version of Goodbye, Mr. Chips was the first I've ever seen, although I've been familiar with the story since Robert Donat starred in the first movie. It was the most exquisitely touching story I've seen in years. It's said the mark of an unforgettable story is its power to make the reader (or viewer) care about the characters. Mr. Clunes's portrayal captured that magic. He reduced me to tears. Although the book is likely out of print, I plan to see it out. I've done the same with Song of Bernadette, East of Eden and Leave Her to Heaven. Should I find the novel, it will occupy a treasured spot in my home. Thank you for a marvelous production. I look forward to the resumption of The Forsyte Saga.

June Jurek
Brockton, MA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Mr. Martin Clunes gave one of the best performances I've ever seen as Mr. Chips in the Masterpiece Theatre performance Goodbye, Mr. Chips.

Robert Bragg
Pensacola, FL

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Goodbye, Mr. Chips was excellent. This is the kind of programming that I am willing to monetarily support. It was in complete contrast to Warrior Queen. Please show more programs of this caliber.

Jason Miller
Ogden, UT

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Just finished watching this. Excellent! PBS's rendering was infinitely much better than the musical (a bit of a sad attempt, that one was), and though I tend to enjoy O'Toole in most of his efforts, Clunes did a much better job of being believable and likeable as Mr. Chipping.

Anita Hunt
New Orleans, LA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
As a teacher of American history and English for 35 years, I could relate personally to Mr.Chips's experiences in dealing with adolescents. As teachers we come to realize that the students will forget most of what we teach them. They will never forget their teachers -- for better or for worse. As educators, we are teaching lessons that will live for eternity in the hearts and souls of our students. There is no greater or more rewarding calling in life.

Gary Phillips
Houma, LA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I just wanted to voice my thanks for the excellent programming of Goodbye, Mr. Chips. It was an outstanding presentation and one that I could watch again and again. Another masterpiece from Masterpiece Theatre! My gratitude for such fine programming.

Kristen Jones
Cleveland, OH

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I did not know that Goodbye, Mr. Chips was scheduled last evening and I was lucky to have found it. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with the adaptation since this story has been one of my favorites since the Robert Donat version and I don't believe that anyone can eclipse that performance or that of Greer Garson. The sheer beauty of the film was breathtaking and I could not help remembering my own public school experience in Edinburgh during World War II.

Thank you for making two hours seem so short. By the way, Fettes College (Edinburgh) has their own Mr. Chips (in a fashion). George Preston was a student, teacher and assistant Head Master for almost 50 years.

Michael Salamon
Kingston, PA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I really enjoyed watching Goodbye, Mr. Chips tonight and I want to thank PBS for bringing such a wonderful story and outstanding performance to the audience. Martin Clunes did an excellent job as Mr. Chipping and so did Victoria Hamilton as Kathie. I would like to see more show like this in the future.

Maxine Yu
Los Angeles, CA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I find the comments about the "musical" Mr. Chips not being remembered offensive. I am a great fan of Mr. O'Toole's. But of all of his movies I enjoy Goodbye, Mr. Chips as his best. And I do remember the songs. I believe it is very short sighted of the author of these observations to make such statements.

Bob Darrah
West Linn, OR

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I just saw this wonderful program tonight on PBS, and after watching it I cannot wait for another great season of Masterpiece Theatre. I had never heard of the novel or the story, and now I'm eager to read it! A really good performance from Martin Clunes as Mr. Chips, as well as from the supporting cast. The make-up was excellent, too. The transformation of Mr. Chips over the years was visible and convincing. A program definitely worth watching!

Jill Hartman

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