Goodbye, Mr. Chips
First, this one in and that one was out, then this one was out and the next one was in. Chips, at one time or another, was going to star and be directed by and written and composed by almost every major name in the industry. This went on for six years! To his eternal credit, my friend (and producer) Arthur P. Jacob’s sense of humour matched his determination. The film eventually got made, starring Peter O’Toole and Petula Clark and directed by Herb Ross, who had been the choreographer on Doctor Dolittle. Peter O’Toole was nominated for Best Actor (one of seven times in his career, and it seems scandalous that he has never won!). To me, being Oscar-nominated in a repeat role for which someone else has already won the Academy Award, Robert Donat in 1939, is an award in itself. You have to be so much better to appear half as good!