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The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954)

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
Miss Brimmer (as Renée Houston)
Miss Wilson
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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Release Date:

29 October 1954 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Ballade i pigepensionen  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Flash Harry Edwards was born in 1928. When he was 12 years old in 1940, Miss Fritton employed him as a boot boy. 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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Followed by St Trinian's 3: Battle of the Sexes See more »

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25 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

Alistair Simms is a wonder in this. He makes such a good headmistress. The role given here for George Cole was made for him. Hence, the casting job on this film was perfect. I think it was one of those rare occasions where everything clicked. the story line was good, the comic dialogue a scream and the older prefect girls a delight!! Each character you are endeared to, even the villains. Why can't we make films like this any more. Basically, this is a very English comedy with good movement and fluidity.

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