Chapter fourteen covers the production and release of Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Production went relatively smoothly in England and Italy, though the score was subject to many composers and many rewrites. MGM was undergoing tremendous corporate reshuffling at the time, with real estate tycoon Kirk Kerkorian buying controlling interest in the studio. Chips was marketed and merchandised grandly, but made little impression on the public, and was panned for its limp score. MGM had been losing money for years, and new executive James Aubrey took drastic measures. He cancelled productions, sold the back lot, and staged a huge auction of MGM’s props, costumes, and furniture. Chips had several attributes and a brilliant speaking performance by Peter O’Toole, but it sank into oblivion as another casualty of the soon to be extinct roadshow musical.
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