The Belles of St Trinian's

The Belles of St Trinian's

Frank Launder (1954)

86min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Most people's memory of the St Trinian's films dates from their own youth, when the wonderful indiscipline of the tearaways and the debauched indifference of the staff had them longing for their own school to be run along similar lines. In 1954 nothing had ever been seen to compare with this anarchic adaptation of Ronald Searle's cartoons, which turned the traditional idea of female gentility on its head. Alastair Sim's Miss Fritton and George Cole's Flash Harry became icons of British comic lore, but the real star of a film in which the humour now seems cosy rather than chaotic is Joyce Grenfell as the delightfully dippy Sergeant Gates.

Summary

The mischievous schoolgirls hope to get rich quick by betting on a racehorse belonging to a classmate's wealthy father. However, they first have to foil a gang of thieves planning to steal the animal and outwit an undercover policewoman sent to infiltrate the school disguised as a teacher. Comedy, starring Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell and George Cole.

Cast & Crew

Millicent Fritton / Clarence Fritton Alastair Sim
Sergeant Ruby Gates Joyce Grenfell
Flash Harry George Cole
Arabella Vivienne Martin
Sultan of Makyad Eric Pohlmann
Princess Fatima Lorna Henderson
Miss Drownder Hermione Baddeley
Miss Waters Betty Ann Davies
Miss Brimmer Renee Houston
Miss Wilson Beryl Reid
Miss Dawn Joan Sims
Director Frank Launder
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

Comedy

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