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The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery (1966)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Family  -  11 March 1966 (UK)
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The all-girl school foil an attempt by train robbers to recover two and a half million pounds hidden in their school.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Howerd ...
Alphonse of Monte Carlo / Alfred Askett
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Amber Spottiswood
George Cole ...
Reg Varney ...
Gilbert
Raymond Huntley ...
Sir Horace, the Minister
Richard Wattis ...
Portland Mason ...
Georgina
Terry Scott ...
Policeman
Eric Barker ...
Godfrey Winn ...
Truelove
Colin Gordon ...
Noakes
Desmond Walter-Ellis ...
Leonard Edwards (as Desmond Walter Ellis)
Arthur Mullard ...
Big Jim
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William (Willy the Jelly-Man)
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Maxie
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The all-girl school foil an attempt by train robbers to recover two and a half million pounds hidden in their school.

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Comedy | Crime | Family

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11 March 1966 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ena trello thiriotrofeio No 2  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The part of Butters was first offered to Thorley Walters, who played the role in The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's (1960) and who subsequently played Mr Culpepper-Brown in The Wildcats of St. Trinian's (1980). See more »

Goofs

When Harry is in the signal box to stop the robber's train he pulls a lever back toward him and we then see the signal drop to danger. After the girls have uncoupled the wagon, he pushes the lever forward again and the signal returns to clear. These actions are the wrong way round. Signal levers are pulled back to raise the signal to clear, pushed forward again to return to danger. See more »

Quotes

Alphonse of Monte Carlo: [about his two daughters education] The poor lambs were only receiving the three R's, so to speak.
Amber Spottiswood: Well it's always nice to have your R's to fall back on I always say.
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Follows Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1957) See more »

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St. Trinian's School Song
(uncredited)
Music by Malcolm Arnold
Lyrics by Sidney Gilliat and Val Valentine
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Strong finish to the series
6 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE GREAT ST. TRINIAN'S TRAIN ROBBERY was the last of the St. Trinian's quartet (until the unwise attempt at revamping the series in 1980 with WILDCATS) and, to my mind, the most entertaining of the bunch. Whereas the earlier instalments of the 1950s were in black and white, quite slow moving and dated in their humour - nope, I don't find the sight of Alistair Sim in drag particularly funny - this is more like the British comedy films of the '60s and '70s that I know and love.

Headlining the cast is Frankie Howerd - hooray! - as a criminal mastermind who's successfully carried out a train robbery with his crooked gang, including plenty of familiar faces (such as Reg Varney of ON THE BUSES fame). The only problem is that the loot is hidden in an old building now inhabited by the St. Trinian's gang, so retrieving it is going to be tricky.

What follows is a quirky escapade full of the usual hooliganism and outrageous shenanigans as a battle of wits ensues between schoolgirls, teachers and robbers. George Cole is back as Flash Harry, although as usual he has little to do, but Dora Bryan is great value as quirky headmistress Amber Spottiswood. Watch out too for Eric Barker, Michael Ripper and Terry Scott popping up in brief roles.

Things really pick up for the extended climax set on the train tracks. Steam trains and carriages are flying back and forth to great effect and the film reaches farcical levels at this point, ending on a high.


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