The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954)

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These schoolgirls are more interested in racing forms than books as they try to get-rich-quick. They are abetted by the head-mistress' brother, played by Alastair Sim, who also plays the head-mistress.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce Grenfell ...
George Cole ...
Miss Drownder
Betty Ann Davies ...
Miss Waters
Renee Houston ...
Miss Brimmer (as Renée Houston)
Miss Wilson
Irene Handl ...
Miss Gale
Mary Merrall ...
Miss Buckland
Joan Sims ...
Miss Dawn
Balbina ...
Mlle de St. Emilion
Jane Henderson ...
Miss Holland
Diana Day ...
Jill Braidwood ...
Annabelle Covey ...


The arrival of Sultan's daughter Princess Fatima at England's famous and prestigious 'School for Young Ladies' precipitates even more chaos than usual. Her father's horse Arab Boy is due to run at the nearby Gold Cup so Clarence Fitton, bookie brother of headmistress Millicent, ensures his own daughter is on hand to report progress. At the same time Barchester police have planted sergeant Ruby Gates as a teacher, and the Ministry of Education are sending a third inspector down after the previous two disappeared without trace. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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Release Date:

29 October 1954 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Ballade i pigepensionen  »

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1.37 : 1
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Miss Fritton founded St. Trinian's School during the General Strike of 1926. See more »


The shadow on the wall of Arab Boy seen by Ruby Gates is obviously made by a cut-out. See more »


Miss Fritton: [on entering the staff room that has a heavy pall of cigarette smoke] Oh, this place, always reminds me of a ladies powder room in Port Said.
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Referenced in Midsomer Murders: Death in the Slow Lane (2011) See more »

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Huge fun - the finest of the series
17 October 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The St Trinian's film series, in which a rowdy crowd of girls, their drunken and appalling teachers, and their 'refined' headmistress (played by a man, natch), remain high in any league table of Britain's comedy moments.

In a cast headed by the superb Alistair Sim (Miss Fritton, the headmistress; and her brother, race shark Clarence) we also find Joyce Grenfell as a policewoman joining the staff undercover (and no one was better than Grenfell at this jolly hockey kind of stuff), Beryl Reid as a mannish, drunken chemistry teacher, Hermoine Baddeley and Irene Handl as memorably unsuitable members of staff, George Cole as 'flash' Harry, an odd-job man who deals with the export of the St Trinian's bathtub gin and places racing bets for the girls, and the incomparable Richard Wattis as a harassed Ministry of Education inspector.

The girls themselves include some memorable turns - Vivienne Martin as chain-smoking Bella, Belinda Lee as horny Amanda, also Barbara Windsor and Carol White are somewhere in there.

The plot revolves around a race horse, Arab Boy, who ends up in the fourth-former's dormitory; a side plot involves missing Ministers of Education, who have become part of the staff as 'the Lotus Eaters'.

Probably the funniest of the series, this film is fast-paced, furious, with some violent 'old girls', some wonderful set-pieces, and a nice script from Launder and Gilliat.

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