To Sir, With Love (1967) – Episode 34

To Sir, With Love (1967)

To Sir, With Love (1967) is one of the great teacher/student films. Following in the spirit of Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) Sidney Poitier is masterful as the novice teacher.

Rough Script To Sir, With Love 1967

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes. Today we have the second of our back to school movies and it is a dandy. The movie is To Sir, with Love (1967) and stars that great actor Sidney Poitier with an English cast.

Sidney Poitier plays the role of teacher Mark Thackeray or Sir. Poitier was covered in Episode 14 – Band of Angels (1957) and Episode 23 – The Long Ships (1964).

Christian Roberts played student Denham. Roberts ended his career with 23 credit but none of them are really of interest to this audience.

Judy Geeson played the role of rebellious student Pamela Dare. Born in …

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Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) – Episode 33

Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)

Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) is a wonderful tale of teaching at an English boys school

Rough Script Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)

Welcome to the show. My name is John. Before we get going I have a couple of notes. First the sound may be a little different because I am recording in a hotel in Fort Worth where I am attending podcast movement. And secondly since it is August and everyone is heading back to school I wanted to spend the month reviewing school movies. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes.

I will kick this months school films off with a movie in which the male lead won the Oscar over Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and the lead female lost the Oscar to Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara. The movie of course is Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939). By the way he also won over Laurence Olivier for Wuthering Heights, James Stewart for …

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Of Mice and Men (1939) – Episode 5

Of Mice and Men Lon Chaney Jr. and Burgess Meredith

I am starting a new line today based on Burgess Meredith from In Harm’s Way (1965). Today’s movie is Of Mice and Men (1939).

The original story was written by John Steinbeck and was set during the Great Depression. One of the interesting things about this movie is that it is not carried by a major star. Many of the actors had fine and long careers but they were not the blockbuster leading types.

The title of the movie comes from a Robert Burns’ poem titled “To a Mouse” and states – “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley.” (Or as translated “The best laid schemes of mice and men / Often go awry.”

The Great Depression kicked off in the United States on October 29, 1929, when the stock market crashed and is now as Black Tuesday. I can’t remember the name of the play but one line states that paraphrase – “he was part of gentle rain of stock …

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