* {{Anvilicious}}: Peter Colley's wife opines, "Surely we shall never again take our happiness for granted," just before the film reveals that Peter has been killed in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Then again, considering that the film was made in 1939 with [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII a new war]] threatening, this may well be one of those anvils that need to be dropped,hard.
* NoYay: Averted. An episode in the novel in which Kathie argues with Chips that a boy who (it is hinted) has engaged in homosexual activity should be excused (because he is otherwise a nice little boy who was led astray at another school) is quietly dropped.
* [[Tearjerker/{{Film}} Tearjerker]]: When Chips's Latin class learns that [[spoiler: Mrs. Chipping has died.]]
** "I thought I heard you saying it was a pity...pity I never had any children. But you're wrong. I have. Thousands of them. Thousands of them...and all boys."