The Belles of St. Trinian's 1954

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The Headmistress of St. Trinian's, the renowned establishment for the education of young ladies, faces a few problems with her students. The unruly schoolgirls are more interested in men and mischief than homework and hockey. But greater trouble than ever 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.

Starring:
Beryl Reid, Joyce Grenfell
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 27 minutes
Starring Beryl Reid, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole, Alastair Sim, Hermione Baddeley
Director Frank Launder
Genres Comedy
Studio ELEVATION
Rental release 1 January 2007
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 27 minutes
Starring Beryl Reid, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole, Alastair Sim, Hermione Baddeley
Director Frank Launder
Genres Comedy
Studio STUDIOCANAL
Rental release 28 April 2014
Main languages English

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kbodsworth@compuserve.com on 11 Nov 2000
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. F. Jeffery on 19 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a review of the 60th Anniversary Edition DVD.

The film itself is amongst my dozen favourite films of all time. If people need a review to tell them whether the film is worth watching, then they have a very loud YES from me.

When improved editions of films appear, I always hesitate to buy them. I have concerns about planned obsolescence. Sometimes, the earlier edition is so bad that a replacement is obviously welcome. The Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films are a case in point. But I wasn't enormously dissatisfied with the previous edition of The Belles of St Trinian's. An added complication is that this isn't a replacement. The earlier DVD also includes Blue Murder at St Trinian's, so this has to be an addition rather than a replacement. Against this, I had to weigh how much I love the film. After much hesitation, I decided to go ahead with purchasing the 60th Anniversary Edition. Having bought it, I don't regret doing so, but other people might feel otherwise.

So what does this edition offer that the previous version lacked? There are a few seconds extra at the start: signifying that the film has a U Certificate, is a London Film, and a British Lion Film. The last of these is the least worthwhile -- just white lettering on a black screen. The British Board of Film Censors' U Certificate at the very start is, for me, by far the best of the additional moments. It brings back happy memories of going to the pictures in the 1950s and 1960s. Thereafter, the sound and picture quality is sometimes noticeably improved. Mostly, given my very ordinary equipment, the improvement seems marginal. I imagine, in any case, that anyone with much better equipment than mine will buy the Blu Ray rather than the DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 2006
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Miller on 13 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The Belles Of St Trinian's - 60th Anniversary Edition [1954] [Blu-ray] A BRITISH INTITUTION!

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.

FILM FACTS: Ronald Searle appeared in a cameo role as a visiting parent. Roger Delgado plays the Sultan's aide. It was also the first film appearance for a 17-year-old Barbara Windsor.

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, Richard Wattis, Guy Middleton, Arthur Howard, Michael Ripper, Eric Pohlmann, Sid James, Martin Walker, Noel Hood, Cara Stevens, Jerry Verno, Jack Doyle and Windsor Cottage ["Arab Boy"]

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 [Black and White]

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Audio: 2.
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