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The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family | 29 October 1954 (Ireland)
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.

Director:

Frank Launder

Writers:

Frank Launder (screenplay), Sidney Gilliat (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alastair Sim ... Millicent Fritton / Clarence Fritton
Joyce Grenfell ... P.W. Sgt. Ruby Gates
George Cole ... Flash Harry
Hermione Baddeley ... Miss Drownder
Betty Ann Davies ... Miss Waters
Renee Houston ... Miss Brimmer (as Renée Houston)
Beryl Reid ... Miss Wilson
Irene Handl ... Miss Gale
Mary Merrall ... Miss Buckland
Joan Sims ... Miss Dawn
Balbina Balbina ... Mlle de St. Emilion
Jane Henderson Jane Henderson ... Miss Holland
Diana Day Diana Day ... Jackie
Jill Braidwood Jill Braidwood ... Florrie
Annabelle Covey Annabelle Covey ... Maudie
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1954 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Ballade i pigepensionen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Supt. Kemp-Bird: You wouldn't mind giving me the name of your phyciatrist, would you?
Manton Bassett: Delighted, old chap.
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Connections

Followed by The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's (1960) See more »

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An absolute gem.
15 August 1999 | by Jim B-2See all my reviews

This bright hilarious English comedy about school girl antics is a neglected gem. The significant question is where is the audience? The film is rated 10 by most voters, but how many voters is that? They don't make comedies like this anymore because the films don't get distributed or seen. I would never miss a chance to see this old art house classic again. But where are the art houses?


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