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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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Joyce Grenfell ...
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Miss Drownder
Betty Ann Davies ...
Miss Waters
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Miss Brimmer (as Renée Houston)
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Miss Wilson
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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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29 October 1954 (Ireland)  »

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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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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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George Cole is brilliant.......
31 October 2000 | by (Bristol, England) – See all my reviews

The first and probably the best of the three original St. Trinian's films. What with Alastair Sim and Joyce Grenfell, this film will definitely make you laugh. However, I personally think what makes the film what it is is Flash Harry, the local cockney spiv played expertly well by George Cole. The interaction between Cole, Sim and Grenfell is magic. Flash Harry is a fantastic character and can't but make you laugh. A classic, classic film.


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