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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 ... 'Flash' Harry
Reg Varney 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 Arthur Mullard ... Big Jim
Norman Mitchell ... William (Willy the Jelly-Man)
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Maxie
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Storyline

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:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ena trello thiriotrofeio No 2 See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the St. Trinian's school library is being moved into the new building, the French Mistress (played by Carole Ann Ford) accidentally drops four paperbacks from a pile of books, and the camera zooms in on their covers: The Perfumed Garden, by Cheikh Nefzaoui; Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence; The Carpetbaggers, by Harold Robbins; and Fanny Hill, by John Cleland. All four are erotic classics with scandalous reputations, regarded (at the time) as suitable only for men - hence the joke of their being seen in a girls' school. The last three had had recent movie adaptations in Lady Chatterley's Lover (1955), The Carpetbaggers (1964), and Russ Meyer's Fanny Hill (1964); and the D H Lawrence novel had recently been the subject of a sensational criminal trial in London, in 1963, in which the publisher had been prosecuted for obscenity. 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

Followed by St. Trinian's (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

St. Trinian's School Song
(uncredited)
Music by Malcolm Arnold
Lyrics by Sidney Gilliat and Val Valentine
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Fun as the comedy series gets back on track.
19 October 2003 | by david-697See all my reviews

I really wasn't expecting to enjoy this movie. After all, the previous film in this series, 'The Pure Hell Of' was a bit of a disappointment and the question was, six years later, could this movie get the series back on track?

The answer is yes, 'The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery', after a slightly slow start, is a very funny movie, the funniest in the series since 'Blue Murder'. Learning from the mistakes of 'Pure Hell', this movie returns to the school-based comedy that we all know and love.

It has its faults, of course. For example some of the series' most familiar faces are absent (there is no Alistair Sim or Joyce Grenfell, for example), while a sadly ill-looking Eric Barker appears only for a few seconds. But all in all, the influx of new faces (including the likes of Frankie Howerd and Dora Bryan) works to the movie's advantage. Also the rail track capers that conclude the movie are very funny indeed.

The less said about the awful theme song, the better I think, but any movie that contains the line 'Knock them about democratically' deserves to be remembered.


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