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Death Goes to School (1953)

| Mystery | May 1953 (UK)
A Teacher is murdered at an all girls school. Police investigate and discover that the staff room is full of suspects.



(novel) (as Stratford Davis), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Barbara Murray ...
Miss Shepherd
Detective Inspector Campbell
Pamela Alan ...
Miss Helen Cooper
Jane Aird ...
Miss M. Halstead
Beatrice Varley ...
Miss Hopkinson
Anne Butchart ...
Miss Oliphant (as Ann Butchart)
Imogene Moynihan ...
Miss Essex
Jenine Matto ...
Miss Stanislaus (as Jeanne Matto)


A Teacher is murdered at an all girls school. Police investigate and discover that the staff room is full of suspects.

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1.37 : 1
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Despite having a major role as Detective Inspector Campbell's (Gordon Jackson) right-hand man, Sergeant Harvey, Sam Kydd is missing from both the opening titles and end credits cast list. See more »


[Miss Halstead takes Campbell and Harvey to the girls' cloakroom where there are rows of pegs, each with a canvas bag hanging from it]
Sergeant Harvey: Shoebags!
Detective Inspector Campbell: You take the left row and I'll take the right row.
Sergeant Harvey: [sings] "And I'll be in Scotland before..."
[Campbell, a Scot, gives Harvey a withering look for this facetious remark]
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The dark side of St Trinian's?
9 October 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

DEATH GOES TO SCHOOL is a low rent British murder mystery that provides a neat counterpoint to the more popular hilarity of the ST. TRINIANS movies, which were just taking off during the decade. The production company was the little-known Independent Artists, who knocked out a few quota quickies before moving into TV production in the 1960s. The excellent NIGHT OF THE EAGLE is undoubtedly their best (and well-known) production.

This story is a typical murder mystery with a couple of sleuths in an all-girl school, hot on the trail of a murderer who took down the headmistress by strangulation with a scarf. All they have is a footprint to go on, but they soon uncover a hotbed of hatred and false identity, and they must piece together the clues to discover the one responsible.

The film features a leading role for a youthful Gordon Jackson as the no-nonsense detective and the ubiquitous Sam Kydd (who's uncredited for some reason) as his right hand man. The characterisation is slim, and the denouement is rather unremarkable, but the plot remains focused throughout. The all-girl school setting is a good one that Hammer would later use in the likes of LUST FOR A VAMPIRE in the 1970s. This film was shot at the attractive Merton Park Studios in Wimbledon, later the setting for the obscure Michael Gough horror, THE CORPSE.

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