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

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Family | 11 March 1966 (UK)
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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Frank Launder (original story), Sidney Gilliat (original story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Howerd ... Alphonse of Monte Carlo / Alfred Askett
Dora Bryan ... Amber Spottiswood
George Cole ... 'Flash' Harry
Reg Varney ... Gilbert
Raymond Huntley ... Sir Horace, the Minister
Richard Wattis ... Manton Bassett
Portland Mason Portland Mason ... Georgina
Terry Scott ... Policeman
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... Culpepper Brown
Godfrey Winn Godfrey Winn ... Truelove
Colin Gordon ... Noakes
Desmond Walter-Ellis Desmond Walter-Ellis ... Leonard Edwards (as Desmond Walter Ellis)
Arthur Mullard ... Big Jim
Norman Mitchell ... William (Willy the Jelly-Man)
Cyril Chamberlain 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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Trivia

The mock newspaper just before the end has a line stating that Ringo is upset at St Trinians being honoured. This is a reference to many establishment figures voicing complaints at The Beatles being recently honoured with MBEs. See more »

Goofs

Flash Harry's surname is said to be Hackett. However, in both Blue Murder at St. Trinian's and The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's, it was given as Edwards. 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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Connections

Followed by The Wildcats of St. Trinian's (1980) See more »

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It Happened
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Written by Dick Morgan
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Strong finish to the series
6 April 2012 | by Leofwine_dracaSee 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ena trello thiriotrofeio No 2 See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.85 : 1
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