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 ...


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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 The Wildcats of St. Trinian's (1980) See more »

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An art house classic minus an audience
16 August 1999 | by (Chatsworth, CA) – See all my reviews

This comic classic of English school girl antics is and was one of the great art house classics. Then the art house disappeared with the arrival of videos. And so did the audience for this movie. The loss is not to the art houses or to this great film. The loss is to those who will never have a real opportunity to view this memorable laugh filled cinematic masterpiece. But I am preaching to the converted aren't I. Who else would search for this flick?

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