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The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's (1960)

 -  Comedy  -  22 January 1961 (UK)
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The hellions of St. Trinians are recruited to a sheik's harem. Little does he know what he's letting himself in for.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cecil Parker ...
Professor Canford
George Cole ...
Joyce Grenfell ...
Eric Barker ...
Thorley Walters ...
Irene Handl ...
Miss Harker-Parker
Sidney James ...
Julie Alexander ...
Rosalie Dawn
Lloyd Lamble ...
Raymond Huntley ...
Nicholas Phipps ...
Lisa Lee ...
Minister of Education
George Benson ...
Defence Counsel


When the school burns to the ground there's clearly been some arson around. The pupils are found guilty and the judge hands them into the care of a pretty dubious child psychiatrist. The sixth form are soon kidnapped and on their way to Arabia with the Ministry of Education, Barchester police, and an Army Bath Unit after them. But real rescue is at hand in the shape of Britain's finest fighting force - St. Trinian's fourth form. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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22 January 1961 (UK)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Shirley Anne Field and Judy Cornwell auditioned for schoolgirl parts. See more »


Follows Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1957) See more »

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3 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE PURE HELL OF ST. TRINIAN'S is the third of the initial four films, coming hot on the wake of the very good BLUE MURDER AT ST. TRINIAN'S. This one's not as hot, as it feels like the series was winding down by now, the gags are limited and it's more like an endless parade of cameoing guest stars, including the likes of Sid James, Thorley Walters and the ubiquitous Michael Ripper.

Still, for fans of both genre and era this will provide an adequate example of days-gone-by British cinema, with a slightly racier edge than normal (raising uncomfortable questions about the sexualisation of schoolgirls in the process, especially in the wake of Jimmy Savile-obsessed media coverage). It's great fun seeing all the favourite stars back once more, Joyce Grenfell is typically excellent and George Cole has a highlight with his rendition of "Knees Up Mother Brown".

The plot does seem to be unfocused and all over the place after an admittedly dramatic opening, and indeed the St. Trinian's schoolgirls don't seem to feature much in the antics involving various characters finding themselves washed up on a desert island. Worth a look for nostalgia enthusiasts, then, but I preferred the next one, THE GREAT ST. TRINIAN'S TRAIN ROBBERY; also the first in colour, which seemed to revitalise everything somehow..

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