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The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954)

 -  Comedy  -  5 May 1955 (Australia)
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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:
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Joyce Grenfell ...
George Cole ...
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Miss Drownder
Betty Ann Davies ...
Miss Waters
Renee Houston ...
Miss Brimmer (as Renée Houston)
Beryl Reid ...
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 ...
Jackie
Jill Braidwood ...
Florrie
Annabelle Covey ...
Maudie
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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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Ballade i pigepensionen  »

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The school motto, written under the silver cup stands, is "In flagrante delicto", Latin for "a burning offense". However, it was commonly used in British divorce cases as a euphemism for caught in the act of sex. It would, of course, hardly be the motto of a girls' school. See more »

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

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Arabella: Monica Drew wasn't expelled when she burnt down the gymnasium.
Miss Fritton: The gymnasium was insured! The sports pavilion was not.
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A True Classic of the Genre
22 February 2005 | by (Stone Mountain, Georgia) – See all my reviews

There are other movies about boarding schools and the antics of the students and staff, but "The Belles of St. Trinian's" towers above them all! The plot has been thoroughly summarized by other posters, so I won't cover the same ground. I just want to say that it's a shame that it's FINALLY out on DVD, but in a format that can't be used in the U.S.! :-(

Enjoy, fellow fans in New Zealand and Australia! And if anyone reading this has any pull in such matters, PLEASE help get it released on DVD with Region 1 encoding! Also, is it possible to be notified via e-mail when (I won't say "if") it is released on DVD in the United States? Thanks!


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