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Belles Of St Trinian's - 60th Anniversary Edition [1954] [Blu-ray]

Alastair Sim , Joyce Grenfell , Frank Launder    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole, Hermione Baddeley, Beryl Reid
  • Directors: Frank Launder
  • Producers: Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 28 April 2014
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IIK6C92
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,334 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first and best of a series of films based on the cartoons of Ronald Searle depicting a demonic girl's school, 1954's The Belles Of St Trinians is a pleasantly anarchic romp. However, it's indebted to film makers Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat's own, wittier 1950 movie The Happiest Days Of Our Lives, which also featured Alastair Sim and Joyce Grenfell in starring roles. Here, Grenfell again sparkles as a clumsy young bluestocking. She's a police sergeant gone undercover to investigate the dubious goings on at Millicent Fritton's establishment for young ladies, which turn out to include the use of a chemistry lab as a liquor distillery and low tactics on the hockey field which are rather less than jolly. The plot involving the nobbling of an Arab Sheikh's racehorse is negligible, while the schoolgirls shine en masse rather than as individuals. George Cole is a decent spiv but it's Sim who carries the day in a dual role as dodgy bookie and his sister, headmistress Ms Fritton. Sim's performance is a wonderfully plausible tour de force of female impersonation, which considerably outshines later such efforts by the likes of Dustin Hoffman (Tootsie)and Robin Williams (Mrs Doubtfire). --David Stubbs

Product Description

The Belles of St Trinian's is a classic comedy film set in the fictional St Trinian's School, released in 1954, directed by Frank Launder and written by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat. Featuring a star cast of British comedy talent including - Alastair Sim as both Miss Millicent Fritton and Clarence Fritton, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole, Beryl Reid and many others. This 60th anniversary edition has been fully restored, plus features brand new extra content.

The unruly schoolgirls of St. Trinian’s are more interested in men and mischief than homework and hockey. But greater trouble beckons when the arrival at the school of Princess Fatima of Makyad coincides with the return of recently expelled Arabella Fritton, who has kidnap on her mind.

EXTRAS:

The Girls of St Trinian’s

Interview with Alistair Sim’s Daughter - Merlith McKendrick

Interview with Geoff Brown - film historian

Interview with Steve Chibnall – Professor of British Cinema, De Montfort University

Interview with Melanie Williams - Senior Lecturer in Film Studies UEA



Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
This classic B&W film from 1954 stars the wonderful Alistair Sims playing the duel roles of headmistress and her brother who gambles with the school's future. The story line is original and cannot be beaten! The infamous girls of the country's most notorious school put their money on a horse owned by one of their rich colleague's father. Helped by the dodgy yet hilarious George Cole, they win the day. Along the way the girls and their sorry mistresses fall foul to some wonderful slapstick humour and all-too-sadly-missed-nowadays innocent fun. A movie that all generations will love and highly recommended!
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The Belles Of St Trinian's - 60th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [1954] The Belles of St Trinian's is a 1954 classic comedy film set in the fictional St Trinian's School. Directed by Frank Launder and written by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat. Featuring a star cast of British comedy talent including - Alastair Sim [as both Miss Millicent Fritton and Clarence Fritton], Joyce Grenfell, George Cole, Beryl Reid and many others. This 60th anniversary edition has been fully restored, plus features brand new extra content.

The unruly schoolgirls of St. Trinian’s are more interested in men and mischief than homework and hockey. But greater trouble beckons when the arrival at the school of Princess Fatima of Makyad coincides with the return of recently expelled Arabella Fritton, who has kidnap on her mind.

Cast: Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole, Hermione Baddeley, Betty Ann Davies, Renée Houston, Beryl Reid, Irene Handl, Mary Merrall, Joan Sims, Lloyd Lamble, Sid James and Eric Pohlmann

Director: Frank Launder

Producers: Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat

Screenplay: Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat and Val Valentine

Composer: Malcolm Arnold

Cinematography: Stanley Pavey

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Audio: LPCM 2.0 Mono

Subtitles: English SDH

Running Time: 91 minutes

Region: Region B/2

Number of discs: 1

Studio: StudioCanal

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review – This 1954 comedy about the fictional and riotous St. Trinian’s School for young Ladies is a timeless classic that has spawned sequels and remakes alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still good 4 April 2006
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Format:VHS Tape
One of the best British films of its time and still with plenty to offer. Alistair Sim plays a double role as headmistress Millicent Fritton and her brother Clarence.

Millicent's character is a staunch believer in traditional values, yet is not above a little skulduggery where the future of her school is concerned and happily turns a blind eye to the nefarious antics of her pupils. Clarence she disapproves of because he has 'black market values' and heads up a gang of dodgy geezers, which includes Sid James.

The central plot revolves around the sixth and fourth form girls who are each trying to get possession of a prize racehorse, owned by the father of a new pupil. The sixth form are trying to prevent it from racing for Clarence's benefit and the fourth form, along with Miss Fritton, want it to win because the school funds have been placed on it at 10/1.

Assisted by George Cole as small-time spiv 'Flash 'Arry' and informed upon by Joyce Grenfell as Policewoman Ruby Gates, who is undercover as gym teacher 'Creepy Crawley', all is resolved, with many a flour-bomb and ink-blot being exchanged along the way.

Though nowadays the notion of schoolchildren creating fear and destruction is all too true, in its time it was considered an hilarious idea and while some comic value is lost as a result, there are golden performances and wry moments to savour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest films ever made 2 Nov 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
I recorded this when it was on TV a few years ago, and it remains one of my favourite films. Alistair Sim and George Cole make a wonderfull comedy duo as Millicent Fritton, the school's inept headmistress, and Flash Harry, the dodgy geezer who hangs around the school grounds. Joyce Grenfell shines as the 'Coppers nark, in skirts' (as described by Flash Harry).
I love one of the last scenes. When Miss Fritton is listening to complaints from the parents of some of her students about the way she runs her school, Harry rushes in and informs Miss Fritton that she has won 5000 on a horse she'd bet on,and she comes out with the following line;
'Really Harry? Oh well, in that case, ladies and gentlemen, courtosy forbids me to tell you where you can send your daughters.'
This line never fails to make me laugh.
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