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 World War I. Then again, considering that the film was made in 1939 with a new war threatening, this may well be one of those anvils that need to be dropped,hard.
No Yay: 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: When Chips's Latin class learns that 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."