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A French Mistress (1960)

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The boys of Melbury Primary School are plunged into turmoil when the new French Master turns out to be a Mistress! Madelin Leforge's (the French Mistress) effect on the boys is swift and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cecil Parker ...
John Crane M.A. Headmaster of Melbury School
Robert Martin / 'Bow Wow'
Colin Crane The Headmaster's Son
Agnès Laurent ...
Madeleine Lafarge - The French Mistress
Raymond Huntley ...
Rev. Edwin Peake
Irene Handl ...
Staff Sgt. Hodges
Edith Sharpe ...
Kenneth Griffith ...
Mr. Meade
Robert Bruce ...
Mr. Ramsay
Thorley Walters ...
Colonel Edmonds - Chairman of the Governors
Henry B. Longhurst ...
Second Governor (as Henry Longhurst)
Brian Oulton ...
Third Governor
Scott Finch ...
Edmonds - The Head Boy
Richard Palmer ...
Peter Greenspan ...


The boys of Melbury Primary School are plunged into turmoil when the new French Master turns out to be a Mistress! Madelin Leforge's (the French Mistress) effect on the boys is swift and amazing. Suddenly everyone wants extra French Lessons just to glimpse the teacher in revealing shorts and bikinis. As discipline crumbles, a scandal explodes when the Head discovers the mademoiselle's mother was an old flame. Madeline must be dismissed to save further embarrassments. But the boys take strike action to stop this from happening in a breezy comedy with plenty of ooh la la! Written by Jenny Evans <>

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10 November 1961 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Das französische Fräulein  »

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Written by John Addison and Roy Boulting
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Bottom Of The Class for this witless school comedy.
12 June 2013 | by (london) – See all my reviews

If you want to see what a funny school comedy looks like the your best bet is to watch The Best Years Of Your Life,the early St Trinians films and Carry On Teacher.Don't bother with this dud from the Boulting Brothers ,based on a play written by Sonnie Hale,ex-husband of Jessie Matthews.By some miracle of writing he has managed to make Cecil Parker,Irene Handel,James Robertson Justice et al ponderously unfunny.On not one occasion did I laugh at thus film,with the usual bunch of twenty somethings playing boys half their age.Given that the Boultings were in the middle of a hot streak with such films as Privates Progress,Brothers In Law,and I'm alright Jack,it is surprising that they could make such a dismally unfunny film.Incidentally August marks the centenary of their birth and is being marked with a season at the BFI Southbank.Maybe better not to show this.

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