The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery

The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery

Frank Launder (1966)

90min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Although Frank Launder couldn't resist the temptation of returning to his old stamping ground in 1980's The Wildcats of St Trinian's, this very lacklustre entry should have been the last in the series based on Ronald Searle's stories about the out-of-control schoolgirls. Frankie Howerd's limitations as a film actor are all too apparent in this feeble mix of vulgar comedy and Swinging Sixties satire. Richard Wattis does sterling work as the man from the ministry, but, try as they might, Dora Bryan, Reg Varney and Stratford Johns (providing the booming voiceover) can't hold a candle to the much missed Alastair Sim and Joyce Grenfell. George Cole makes a welcome though brief appearance as Flash Harry.

Summary

A crook and his cronies stash the money from a train heist in a deserted old mansion, planning to recover it in good time. However, several years later, when the thieves arrive to collect their loot, they discover the building has been turned into a school for girls where the pupils have become infamous for their escapades. Comedy, starring Frankie Howerd, Dora Bryan, Reg Varney and George Cole.

Cast & Crew

Alphonse Askett Frankie Howerd
Amber Spottiswood Dora Bryan
Flash Harry George Cole (1)
Gilbert Reg Varney
Minister Raymond Huntley
Bassett Richard Wattis
The Voice Stratford Johns
Policeman Terry Scott
Culpepper Brown Eric Barker
Butters Peter Gilmore
Liftman Michael Ripper
Noakes Colin Gordon
Leonard Edwards Desmond Walter-Ellis
Big Jim Arthur Mullard
Maxie Cyril Chamberlain
Chips Larry Martyn
William Norman Mitchell
Albertine Carol Ann Ford
Susie Naphill Margaret Nolan
Monty Jeremy Clyde
Gore-Blackwood George Benson
Truelove Godfrey Winn
Director Frank Launder
Director Sidney Gilliat
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy