Ross debuted as director with this big-budget (but inferior musical re-make) of the classic James Hilton novel about a gentle teacher at an English all-boys private school and the woman who helps him demonstrate his compassion and overcome his shyness. O'Toole, although excellent, is categorically a non-singer, while Clark, a popular singer at the time ("Downtown"), musters very little talent in front of the camera. The plot is altered unnecessarily and updated to the WWII era for little reason; the music is thoroughly forgettable.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 151 minutes.
Golden Globes 1970: Actor--Mus./Comedy (O'Toole); Natl. Bd. of Review 1969: Actor (O'Toole); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1969: Support. Actress (Phillips).
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