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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.

Writers:

Frank Launder (original story), Sidney Gilliat (original story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Howerd ... Alphonse of Monte Carlo / Alfred Askett
Dora Bryan ... Amber Spottiswood
George Cole 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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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This was Cyril Chamberlain's final film before his death on April 30, 1974 at the age of 65. See more »

Goofs

At the board meeting, the position of the carafes, glasses and ashtrays varies between the general view and the close-ups. 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

Follows Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

St. Trinian's School Song
(uncredited)
Music by Malcolm Arnold
Lyrics by Sidney Gilliat and Val Valentine
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Generally a bit of a waste
15 December 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

When the Tories are beaten by Labour, public servants rejoice at the potential for public schools to be scrapped (in particular - St Trinians). However the new Minister for Education gives them a massive grant instead - although his Government don't know that he is helping his mistress to set back up the criminal exploits of the school. Trouble starts though, when the school is resituated in a building where train robbers have hidden their loot.

In full colour and without the original girls of the series, this film looks to have potential simply on the basis of the talented cast involved. The plot is silly, but when did that ever matter with this stuff? The plot gets a little laboured at the start in the effort to reopen the school and place it in the middle of a train robbers' plan. This doesn't matter too much as it does eventually break away into a more free-flowing chase at the end.

However, despite their being plenty for the film to do, it is surprising just how little actually happens, how little impact the film makes and how little any one character has to do. This is most evident in the waste of good comedy actors. The loss of two or three main girls in the cast has reduced the girls to just an unidentifiable mass of unruly girls. This is a problem to start with, but should have been covered by the talented cast. Sadly none really have much to do and much to work with. Frankie Howerd has a few good lines but nowhere near his ability, Cole does his usual stuff but has almost nothing to do. Terry Scott shows his face for about 3 lines, while others like Huntley, Bryan, Varney and so on are really not well used.

Overall this film starts slow and poorly however, like a train, slowly builds up a reasonable head of steam for an energetic conclusion. That said, it isn't really very funny and you can't help but watch and spend more time looking at the missed potential.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Braywild See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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