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A French Mistress (1960)

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 »


Roy Boulting


Sonnie Hale (adapted from a play by) (as Robert Monro), Roy Boulting (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Cecil Parker ... John Crane, M.A. Headmaster Of Melbury School / Headmaster
James Robertson Justice ... Robert Martin Affectionately Known As' Bow Wow' / Robert Martin
Ian Bannen ... Colin Crane The Headmaster's Son / Colin Crane
Agnès Laurent ... A French Mistress / Madeleine Lafarge (as Mlle. Agnes Laurent)
Raymond Huntley ... The Rev. Edwin Peake / Rev. Edwin Peake
Irene Handl ... Ex-Staff Sgt. Hodges A.T.S., N.A.A.F.I. / Staff Sgt. Hodges
Edith Sharpe Edith Sharpe ... Matron
Kenneth Griffith ... Mr. Meade
Robert Bruce ... Mr. Ramsay
Thorley Walters ... Colonel Edmonds Chairman Of The Governors / Colonel Edmonds
Henry B. Longhurst Henry B. Longhurst ... 2nd. Governor (as Henry Longhurst)
Brian Oulton ... 3rd. Governor
Scot Finch Scot Finch ... Edmonds, The Head Boy / Edmonds (as Scott Finch)
Richard Palmer Richard Palmer ... Milsom
Peter Greenspan Peter Greenspan ... Wigram


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 <J.Evans@uts.edu.au>

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A New Comedy from the Boulting Brothers, Producers of "I'm All Right, Jack" See more »




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When Matron hands the cook the plate with 2 sausages on, one rolls to the side. But when the shot changes the sausages are back together again in the centre of the plate. See more »

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Sub-text for characters listed in opening credits:-

Cecil Parker: A Lively Teacher Of Dead Languages

James Robertson Justice: His Pupils Are The 'Beat' Generation - Well Beaten

Ian Bannen: His Idea Of Culture Is Entirely Physical - And Female.

Raymond Huntley: Chaplain And Ornithologist . He Knows A Bird When He Sees One.

Irene Handl: Her Cooking In World War II Proved Once Again The Powers Of Endurance Of The British Soldier.

Thorley Walters: He Still Clings To The Idea Of An Empire On Which The Sun Never Sets - And The Wages Never Rise. See more »


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Words and Music by Roy Boulting and John Addison
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Rather dated film, but Great British comedy acting
7 May 2020 | by geoffm60295See all my reviews

A very attractive French teacher (mistress) is recruited at the last minute to teach at a middle class all boy's public school. Her arrival causes not only the testosterone levels of the boys to rise, but also the son of the headmaster, who quickly becomes besotted by the new 'French mistress.' Although it's terribly dated in today's world of 'sexual liberalism' in 1960, the light touch comedy skills of Cecil Parker, the headmaster, and the housemaster, played by James Robertson Justice, are something to be savoured, as they try to preserve the 'moral decency' of their all male conservative bastion of privilege. Special mention must be made of the marvellous character actor, Raymond Huntley, cast as the self righteous and snooty Reverend Edwin Peake, as well as the delightful, Irene Handl, who plays the 'no nonsense, plain talking, head cook, ex - staff Sgt. Hodges, whose food at best can be described as 'basic.' However, it's a film which revolves around the wonderful Cecil Parker, whose mannerisms, facial expressions and a constant exasperated voice, makes it a joy to watch.

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Release Date:

2 December 1960 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Das französische Fräulein See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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