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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3 of 3 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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Nov. 2003
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Substrata on 14 May 2015
Format: Blu-ray
A word of warning to the prospective buyer of this Blu-ray release: although the picture is an obvious improvement on previous DVD releases, and the sound is clearer, the amount of visual information one has here is just a fraction more than on the DVD's, therefore I would suggest the claim of 1.66.1 is a mistake, 1.37.1 sounds about right (previous releases being 1.33.1).

Mistake or marketing ploy, take your pick as they double their money. Nevertheless, an improved release of a still highly amusing film and one of Alastair Sim's finest moments. Oh all right, pair of moments.
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THE BELLES OF ST. TRINIAN’S [1954] [60th Anniversary Digitally Restored Edition] [Blu-ray] A British Institution! The Happiest Days Of Your Life Are here Again!

‘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 digitally 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.
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