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The Pure Hell of St Trinian's

  • Comedy
  • 1960
  • Frank Launder
  • 90 mins
  • U

Summary

The girls burn their school to the ground, prompting a mysterious Middle Eastern gentleman to offer new premises for their studies - but he has a sinister ulterior motive for helping the badly behaved youngsters. Comedy, starring Cecil Parker, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole and Irene Handl.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Bereft of Alastair Sim, this third film in the St Trinian's series has its moments, but, sadly, all too few of them. With the school reduced to smouldering ashes, mysterious child psychologist Cecil Parker takes charge of the tearaways, in league with white-slaving sea captain Sid James. Woefully short on mayhem, the film spends too much time in the company of eventual castaways Parker and Joyce Grenfell. What's worse, Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat waste the opportunities presented by casting Irene Handl as the new headmistress and Eric Barker and Dennis Price as the men from the ministry.

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Credits

Cast

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Professor CanfordCecil Parker
Sergeant Ruby GatesJoyce Grenfell
Flash HarryGeorge Cole (1)
ButtersThorley Walters
Culpepper-BrownEric Barker
Miss Harker-PackerIrene Handl
Alphonse O'ReillySidney James
Gore-BlackwoodDennis Price
JudgeRaymond Huntley
Superintendent Kemp-BirdLloyd Lamble
Miss PartridgeLiz Fraser
MinisterJohn Le Mesurier

Crew

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DirectorFrank Launder

Details

Theatrical distributor
British Film Institute Ltd
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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