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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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Directors: Robert Day, Basil Dearden
Stars: Alastair Sim, George Cole, Terry-Thomas
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After their infamous Headmistress Miss Fritton is arrested, the girls are horrified to discover the new Headmaster is turning the school co-ed. Boys at St Trinian's! Can the girls face down this latest threat to the school?

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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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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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Followed by Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1957) 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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