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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 »


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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 Kenneth Griffith ... Mr. Meade
Robert Bruce 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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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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Crazy Credits

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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Bottom Of The Class for this witless school comedy.
12 June 2013 | by malcolmgswSee 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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