23 July 2009

Mr. Chips, Jimmy Durante, and Frank Sinatra

Given my recent interest in Goodbye Mr Chips, I was surprised, while reading Tom Santopietro's Sinatra in Hollywood that I had forgotten that, in the 1947 film It Happened in Brooklyn (Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, Kathryn Grayson, and Peter Lawford), Durante's character, Nick Lombardi the school janitor, had a thing for Mr. Chips -- even with a picture of Robert Donat as Chips on the wall of his apartment (Santopietro 87).

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