The Belles of St Trinian's

  • U
  • Frank Launder (1954)
  • UK
  • 86 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell and George Cole. Using their educational establishment as a front, the outrageous schoolgirls of St Trinian's get mixed up in a plot to steal a racehorse.

Cast and crew


Millicent Fritton / Clarence Fritton
Alastair Sim
Sergeant Ruby Gates
Joyce Grenfell
Flash Harry
George Cole
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


Frank Launder

Other Information

Black and White
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate U