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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 ...


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 <>

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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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Miss Fritton founded St. Trinian's School during the General Strike of 1926. See more »


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


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

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A Classic - The Forerunner of Sketch Comedy
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I remember seeing this movie on U.S. Television way before Monty Python or Benny Hill. This was my introduction to British Comedy. I had not seen the film for about 25 years until I found it on video. It was just as funny as when I saw it as a child!

It's funny, camp and silly. I can watch it over and over again. Alistair Sim in drag in a hoot! The stereotypes are hysterical. I believe this was the film that inspired Carry-On movies, which in turn inspired other sketch comedies. If you can look past the fact that this movie is almost 50 years old, I strongly recommend getting a hold of it for some good, old-fashioned bawdy laughs!

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