“The Best Picture of Any Year”
1939: Goodbye, Mr. Chips is a British romantic drama film directed by Sam Wood and starring Robert Donat and Greer Garson. Based on the 1934 novel Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton, the film is about Mr. Chipping, a beloved aged school teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school who recalls his career and his personal life over the decades. Produced for the British division of MGM at Denham Studios, Goodbye, Mr. Chips was voted the 72nd greatest British film ever in the BFI Top 100 British films poll.
For his performance as Mr. Chipping, Donat received the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1939. [Wikipedia]
Watch a promotional clip on the Warner Bros YouTube Channel.