Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941) [Drama]

“Cheers for Miss Bishop” is a film based on the novel “Miss Bishop” by Bess Streeter Aldrich. This film marked the debut of Rosemary De Camp.

Miss Ella Bishop is a teacher at a small town Midwestern college. The story is told in flashback and takes place over many years, from the 1880s to the 1930s, showing her from her freshman year to her retirement as an old woman. At the beginning, she lives with her mother and her vixenish cousin Amy; she remembers when her father had a farm near the town. Ella is an inhibited girl whose frustration grows as she approaches womanhood. Her ambition to teach causes her to lose her only opportunity for true love, and her life becomes one of missed chances and wrong choices.

She is engaged to lawyer Delbert Thompson; but she learns, to her distress, that Amy is pregnant by him. Delbert and Amy run off together; but Amy dies in childbirth, leaving Ella to care for Amy’s daughter Hope. Hope grows up and marries Richard, and they move away and have a daughter named Gretchen. Ella also has a fling with another teacher, the unhappily married John Stevens, but she eventually breaks off the relationship; later, she is distressed to learn that John has been killed.

Through all the years, Ella is supported by her friend Sam Peters, a local grocer. Another source of support is Professor Corcoran, the college president who hires her as a teacher and persuades her to stay when she considers leaving. His death is a blow to Ella. As Ella reaches old age, she reflects back and realizes she allowed the years to go by without achieving what she believes to be true fulfillment. However, the years have not been without glory; and her moment of triumph arrives when her numerous now-famous students from over the years return to a testimonial dinner at the school to honour their beloved Miss Bishop.

Directed by Tay Garnett, produced by Richard A. Rowland, written by Bess Streeter Aldrich (novel), Stephen Vincent Benet, Sheridan Gibney and Adelaide Heilbron, starring Martha Scott as Ella Bishop, Edmund Gwenn as Professor Corcoran, Don Douglas as Delbert, William Gargan as Sam Peters, Sterling Holloway as Chris, Dorothy Peterson as Mrs. Bishop, Sidney Blackmer as John Stevens, Mary Anderson as Amy, Marsha Hunt as Hope and Rosemary De Camp as Minna.

Source: “Cheers for Miss Bishop” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.. 13 April 2013. Web. 21 July 2013.

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49 Replies to “Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941) [Drama]”

  1. THUMBS DOWN!!!!!!!!!! The person posting this cut out 13 important minutes of the story!!!! The running time on this is SUPPOSED to be 1 hour 35 minutes… NOT 1 hour 22 minutes. If I'd known this, I would not have watched it for one hour. There's a BAD CUT at 1:02. BUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Thank you for this most wonderful post.!!!
    I've seen this movie at least a dozen times and i just love old movies.
    But as many times as I've seen this old and wonderful movie, i shall forever be heartbroken that Ms Bishop didn't marry Sam.!!!

  3. Scott went on to perform several maternal roles; her "sons" included Chuck Heston in "Ben Hur," Martin Sheen in "The Subject was Roses" and Bob Newhart on his eponymous first show.

  4. We are what we are today because our schools have abandoned the values shown in this film in favor of leftist social engineering~ we reap what we sow…

  5. I'm a complete cinéphile and yet I do not recall ever having heard of or seen this movie before. They should show it yearly as they do "It's a Wonderful Life", it is just as good. Get out your hankies!

  6. this is a truly sick twisted story of a really queer spinster having her weird pseudo love affairs with 2 bit horny dogs while the one real man whos genuine love for her is kept in a jar on the shelf as a friendship

  7. Interesting that the credits read "Introducing Mary Anderson," since she played Maybelle Meriwether in "Gone with the Wind" two years before. Her brother memorably played Bob Ewell in "To Kill a Mockingbird," and offscreen, he was very much like the character, a mean, ill-tempered drunk.

  8. Look how much we pay career military officers who really should be public school teachers in peacetime and especially during their retirement years where most military retirees just hole themselves up as recluses or play golf all day, i.e., if they weren't able to snag a plum job as a defense contractor or consultant (only generals and admirals need apply). Every retired military person should be required to become a school teacher if they want to continue receiving retirement benefits. Also, public school teacher pay needs to increase across the board commensurate with student performance and graduation rates, so teachers would be motivated to teach well. (Pay for performance.)

  9. And then come the ignorance of social justice warriors, liberal educators, and millennial snowflakes trying to destroy our country and strip her citizens of freedom in one generation.
    Because Obama and Hillary told them it was the right thing to do!

  10. It is so Obvious now in hind sight just how much Hollywood serves the Government Propaganda machine and we all got a good a brainwashing since the day TV came unto this day today..

  11. I swear I had teachers who thought this would be their retirement years; that they would command the masses of world leaders and we would stand in awe of them like this, and above all else, they'd display absolute modesty toward all that worship.
    Things couldn't be further from the truth. They're lucky if they can get a handful of students to turn out to see them.

  12. Lovely heart warming old movie… The main character Miss Bishop certainly had a real vocation for education and enlightenment. It reminded me of my Mother who taught for about 35 years, raised her family, is still married, and is still helping others.

  13. You know I have watch helluva lot of old movies 1850 to 1950 & I enjoy them very very much, but this particular movie I definitely not going to forget.
    ( This movie hit home with me ) ( I just hope others get the meaning to this story )
    ( and look how's Sam stood by her- Ella – her whole life no matter what )

  14. Fantastic, Wonderful etc classic drama movie that brought tears down my cheeks at the end
    Our teachers of today don't get respect from some students and some parents but when I was a boy in grades 1 thru 6 I was kept after school then when I got home my parents punished me but those days are gone
    To this day as a baby boomer sometimes I have flashbacks
    My deepest thanks to the person who downloaded this movie

  15. Love this movie but boy, they make someone in their 70s look ancient! My mother is in her mid-70s and she looks about 20 years younger than they have Ms. Scott made up to be!

  16. Thanks for sharing this wonderful movie. Movies like this celebrate humanity's potential rather than exploiting the lowest levels of inhumanity. With it's uplifting message of freedom and kindness, it should be required watching for all high school freshmen rather than the history textbooks of today that only trumpet the problems this country has had to overcome.

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