Robert Donat – A Life Too Short

The last film line spoken by Robert Donat before his death was “We shall not see each other again. I think. Farewell.”

Robert Donat was a mellow sounding English actor. Donat was born in 1905 and was in his first Shakespeare production by the age of 16.  He began traveling with his theater group and acted all over Britain. Alexander Korda noticed Donat’s acting chops and gave him a 3-year film contract. During this time Donat’s was cast as Thomas Culpepper, in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933). Donat’s went to Hollywood to work on The Count of Monte Cristo (1934). Based on the strength of his performance he was offered the role of Captain Blood (1935). I can maybe see that casting. Donat’s didn’t like life in Hollywood and continued to avoid roles that forced him outside of Briton.

Hollywood usually had to shoot in England if it wanted him badly enough. And that was not a problem, after the box office reception given The 39 Steps (1935), the … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading