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    A New Cd Release....for fans of the film



    GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS (1969)

    Deluxe 3CD Set of Soundtrack and Alternates

    $34.95

    (Limited Number of Autographed Copies Available)



    Composed By: Leslie Bricusse, John Williams



    FSM releases its first film musical in a spectacular and unprecedented 3CD

    edition: Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), featuring songs and music by Leslie

    Bricusse, conducted and supervised by John Williams.



    Goodbye, Mr. Chips was Arthur P. Jacobs's musical remake of M-G-M's

    acclaimed 1939 drama, based on a novel by James Hilton about a stuffy

    British schoolmaster and the woman who brings love to his life. Peter

    O'Toole starred as Mr. Chips, alongside formidible musical talent Petula

    Clark as Mrs. Chips. The film was unconventional in that the characters do

    not "break out into song," but perform as a kind of psychological

    counterpoint to the story.



    Goodbye, Mr. Chips was the first of John Williams's three large-scale

    musical adaptations (the others being Fiddler on the Roof and Tom Sawyer), a

    massive creative undertaking in which he was solely responsible for the

    film's underscore, conducting, orchestrations and source music. For

    Williams, this was an all-encompassing effort which helped forge his

    legendary "blockbuster" sound familiar on such later films as Superman and

    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.



    Although the Goodbye, Mr. Chips production came in under-budget, it had a

    long and colorful history of "development hell" in which multiple composers,

    directors, and stars were attached -- and a wealth of music generated. This

    comprehensive 3CD set focuses on Bricusse's and Williams's involvement with

    a definitive chronicle of their recordings:



    Disc one features the complete score as it was intended for the finished

    film (including several unused Williams score cues).



    Disc two features an "alternate narrative" of the story through different

    versions of the songs (many of which were included on a "demo" LP of the

    soundtrack), source cues, score alternates, and promotional interviews given

    by the film's stars.



    Disc three features the original 1969 soundtrack album, followed by yet more

    demo and alternate versions of songs, including "Tomorrow With Me," sung by

    Petula Clark and orchestrated by Williams and one of Bricusse's favorite

    unused songs.



    The 48-page booklet features a definitive account of the movie and

    soundtrack's creation, written by album producer Michael Matessino (of the

    Star Wars Trilogy Special Editions and other Williams CD restorations).



    The album is almost entirely in stereo, with interview tracks and a few

    source and demo cues in mono.



    If you do not have any movie musicals in your collection, Goodbye, Mr. Chips

    is an ideal first purchase: the soundtrack was a major project for John

    Williams, and foreshadows his famous "epic" sound. For fans of the film,

    this 3CD set is a definitive presentation of the many songs and alternate

    versions that have been in circulation since 1969.



    The tracks:



    Disc One: Film Score Reconstruction

    1. Overture

    2. "Fill the World With Love" (Main Title) [Chorus]

    3. "Where Did My Childhood Go?" [Chips]

    4. Flossie from Fulham Overture and Play-on 0:57

    5. "London Is London" [Katherine & Chorus]

    6. Pompeii

    7. "And the Sky Smiled" [Katherine]

    8. Know Yourself ("And the Sky Smiled" Reprise) [Katherine]

    9. "Apollo" [Katherine]

    10. "When I Am Older" [Boys]

    11. "Walk Through the World" [Katherine]

    12. "Fill the World With Love" (Assembly) [Katherine & Chorus]

    13. Katherine Overhears

    14. First Act Finale

    15. Entr'Acte and "What Shall I Do With Today?" [Katherine]

    16. "What a Lot of Flowers" [Chips]

    17. A Lesson ("What a Lot of Flowers" Reprise) [Chips]

    18. Fifteenth Anniversary

    19. The Postcard ("And the Sky Smiled" Reprise) [Katherine]

    20. "School Days" [Katherine and Boys]

    21. "When I Was Younger" [Chips] and Chips Resigns

    22. "You and I" [Katherine]

    23. Chips Accepts

    24. Very Pleased

    25. Katherine's Death

    26. The Boys React

    27. "Fill the World With Love" (Finale) and End Title [Chips & Chorus]

    28. Exit Music ("You and I" Orchestral Reprise)

    Alternates

    29. "Fill the World With Love" (Main Title) (film version) [Chorus]

    [including Prelude and Fugue in G minor, J.S. Bach]

    30. First Act Finale (alternate)

    31. End Title (film version)



    Total Disc Time: 78:51



    Disc Two: Narrative Sequence of Alternates

    and Source Music With Interviews



    1. "Fill the World With Love" (Main Title) [treble version]

    2. Interview Segment #1 -- Peter O'Toole

    3. "Where Did My Childhood Go?" (alternate)

    4. Interview Segment #2 -- Petula Clark

    5. "London Is London" (alternate)

    6. Savoy (source)

    7. Pompeii (alternate)

    8. "And the Sky Smiled" (alternate)

    9. "Apollo" (alternate)

    10. "When I Am Older" (alternate)

    11. "And I Would Love You" (source) [Diana Lee, Jerry Whitman]

    12. "The Perfect Man" (source) [Diana Lee]

    13. Katherine's Party Piano (source)

    14. "Walk Through the World" (alternate)

    15. "Fill the World With Love" (Assembly) [solo version]

    16. "Integer Vitae" (source) [Boys]

    17. First Act Finale (alternate #2)

    18. "What Shall I Do With Today?" (alternate)

    19. Ursula's Party (source)

    20. Ursula's Memory (source)

    21. Interview Segment #3 -- Peter O'Toole

    22. "What a Lot of Flowers" (alternate)

    23. "O Worship the King" (source) [Katherine & Chips]

    24. "What a Lot of Flowers" Reprise (alternate)

    25. Interview Segment #4 -- Petula Clark

    26. "School Days" (alternate)

    27. "When I Was Younger" (alternate)

    28. "You and I" (alternate)

    29. Interview Segment #5 -- Peter O'Toole

    30. "Fill the World With Love" (Finale) (alternate)

    31. End Title (alternate)



    Total Disc Time: 69:35



    Disc Three: Original 1969 Soundtrack Album



    1. Overture

    2. "Fill the World With Love"

    3. "Where Did My Childhood Go?"

    4. "London Is London"

    5. "And the Sky Smiled"

    6. "Apollo"

    7. "When I Am Older"

    8. "Walk Through the World"

    9. Entr'Acte and "What Shall I Do With Today?"

    10. "What a Lot of Flowers" and Reprise

    11. "School Days"

    12, "When I Was Younger"

    13. "You and I"

    14. "Fill the World With Love" (Finale) and End Title

    15. "You and I" Orchestral Reprise

    Interview Segments

    16. Peter O'Toole on Location

    17. Petula Clark on Location

    Additional Alternates and Unused Songs

    18. "Fill the World With Love" (demo) [Ian Fraser]

    19. "The Roll Call" (demo/unused) [Leslie Bricusse]

    20. "That's a Boy" (demo/unused) [Leslie Bricusse]

    21. "Today" (demo/unused) [Ian Fraser]

    22. "No One's Ever Been in Love" (demo/unused) [Ian Fraser]

    23. "Walk Through the World" (demo) [Petula Clark]

    24. "London Is London" (original playback) [Petula Clark & Chorus]

    25. "Tomorrow With Me" (unused) [Petula Clark]

    26. End Title (demo/alternate) [Chorus]



    Total Disc Time: 78:52



    The link to buy: http://www.screenarchives.com/fsm/de...kas.cfm?ID=358



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    As a small boy, living in Sherborne, it was with much excitement every day that my Dad took me to watch the filming of the musical version of Goodbye Mr Chips.

    My father, a keen amateur film maker himself, was in his element and looking back now, it is obvious to me that he was like a 'kid in a sweet shop' for those five or six weeks during the summer of 1969, when 'Hollywood' came to sleepy-old Sherborne!



    Looking back now at my late Dad's old Super8 footage and 35mm slides of those days, I can remember watching, fascinated, as the fire brigade were employed to produce a downpour over the station, as the 'Brookfield School' boys arrived back after summer holidays and totally bemused as Petula Clark got into her car and drove away - the wrong way - up the one-way main street!



    It was some thirty years after the 1939 classic film, which won Robert Donat an Oscar and made Greer Garson a star. This version overcame many problems before making it to the screen. Originally intended to star Rex Harrison and Samantha Eggar, they were replaced by the improbable Richard Burton and Lee Remick. They inturn were given the elbow in favour of - thankfully - Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark. Even Andre Previn's score was rejected with Leslie Bricusse's being prefered, which was probably a mistake.



    Herbert Ross as director was handed the task of taking a simple love story and turning it into a big-budget musical extravaganza. Undoubtedly, O'Toole and Clark are the reason it eventually succeeded as well as it did.



    It captures life at a quintessential British public school - with absolute perfection and Ross does well with many beautifully photographed scenes. Without doubt, Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark deserve high praise. O'Toole was of course a long-established first-class dramatic actor, so his Academy Award-nominated performance here comes as no surprise. Clark brings a certain tenderness to her role and there is no mistaking the genuine chemistry between the pair as their story together unfolds, then ends in tragedy.



    All in all, it deserved better reviews than it received when released and I for one would certainly recommend it.



    A small aside - As a gesture of thanks to the town, the production company offered to build Sherborne Cricket Club a new Victorian-style pavilion, similar to the mock-up used in the cricket scenes in the film. Unfortunately, the Town Council decided that, as it would be mainly built of wood, it would constitiute a fire hazard and so turned their offer down!! And we all thought Health & Safety madness was a modern phenomenon!!!

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    I've always liked that film, I totaly agree that there was a good chemistry between O'Toole and Petula. I often wondered where it was filmed, that must have been great fun to be able to watch the filming and even get some super 8 footage, behind the scenes images are always fascinating, Im assuming you have transferred the super 8 film to DVD for posterity.

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    Yes all on DVD now - Dad will be turning in his grave!! It was a magical experience for an 8 year old boy and I've been in love with Petula ever since!!

    She actually stayed in a big pink house at Bailey Ridge about 5 miles from Sherborne during the filming and was always happy to stop and talk to the locals and sign autographs. So too Michael Redgrave, who played the Headmaster. They came across as genuinely nice people. O'Toole wasn't a bit like his 'hell-raiser' alter ego either! During a break in the filming of the cricket match scene, my Dad went and spoke to him and he was more than happy to chat. I'm sure half the time, these public 'personnas' are nothing more than media talk, because they think it makes the 'stars' more interesting.

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    I know that this film was not a box office success when it was released, but Peter O'Toole's performance is one of the best examples of acting I have ever seen on the screen. He brings to life the inner life of a reserved, somewhat stuffy man of good character. It is an outstanding achievement.

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    If I remember rightly, the score wasn't all that great.



    Leslie Bricusse always puzzled me. For someone who wrote some genuinely great songs, he didn't half write some rubbish, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Rattigan
    If I remember rightly, the score wasn't all that great.



    Leslie Bricusse always puzzled me. For someone who wrote some genuinely great songs, he didn't half write some rubbish, too!
    Oh - I agree with you on that. As a musical it doesn't work, and the songs are almost all very poor. But O'Toole makes it worth watching for me. Also, Petula Clark is in it and does very well.



    Bricusse wrote some fine songs with Anthony Newley, but on his own, his work tends to be saccharine - or just boring - although I enjoy the music in Scrooge.



    I saw Chips with a devoted lover of musicals. She likes just about anything with songs. I don't especially enjoy musicals, and was prejudiced ahead of time because I have a high opinion of Robert Donat.



    But O'Toole won me over - I was not prepared for his excellent performance.

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    It's been a while since I saw it, so I couldn't comment on O'Toole's performance (except to say that he definitely couldn't sing!).

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    There's some clips on youtube of it.



    I love this film, own that CD set, and eagerly await a DVD release...

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    No disrespect, but the original was the best?



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    Shock horror - I haven't seen the original.



    I might record it this weekend to get a better copy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brief Encounter
    Shock horror - I haven't seen the original.



    I might record it this weekend to get a better copy.
    I cant watch any edition of this film as I find it so incredibly sad and it makes me cry

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    I watched this again and was impressed this time by Petula Clark. She does a very good job of holding her own with Peter O'Toole - who I think gives one of the best performances I have seen in a film. She also has a very attractive screen presence and sings her mediocre songs well. She was by far the best thing in the poor film of Finian's Rainbow and I would have liked to have seen her in other things.

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    I agree, Tim...

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    Whilst many Critics over the years panned this version I always liked it which was confirmed when I saw it again recently. London is London, was my favourite song from the film. The original with Robert Donat was excellent, what a great actor he was and that voice! But the remake holds it's own.

    Funnily enough I saw Leslie Bricusse and Yvonne Romain having lunch with their family a few weeks ago. Aged a lot.

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    There have been references to this by Will and darrenburnfan and myself, so I thought a 'bump' is in order for this under-rated film, in honor of Peter O'Toole.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3udo5sWCMKs


    I think the songs are mostly okay, but the way they are done to make them seem more natural so they are not being sung directly actually makes them seem more artificial. I think one of them, You and I, is actually excellent and should have been nominated for an Oscar.
    Last edited by will.15; 18-12-13 at 07:56 AM.

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    I bought the Region 1 remastered widescreen DVD of this about five years ago and have just had a look on amazon uk and found that amazingly, there has, as yet, been no Region 2 release of it.

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    I remember working on this as an extra, at M G M Borham Wood, sitting in the theatre watching Petula Clark singing on stage, it must have been one of the last films made at M G M before it closed down.

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    As a curious footnote to the film, Leslie Bricusse adapted his work for the stage in the early 80s. It enjoyed a run a Chichester but didn't get to the west end. Bizarrely John Mills played both the younger and elder Chips despite being 24 years older than Peter O'Toole. Presumably he was cast because of his association with the original film.

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