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127 of 131 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Girls on top
These four films, which date from the mid 1950s to the mid 1960s, are a great collection to own. Not only do they contain some great British charactor actors - Alistair Sim, Terry Thomas, George Cole et al but they also define an era when life was very different to today. The first film is undoubtedly the best, although the 2nd pushes it fairly close. The fourth is...
Published on 29 Dec 2007 by S J Buck

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3.0 out of 5 stars The St Trinians Collection
It was nice to watch this slapstick old comedy movie of bygone days with some of the old British comedians.
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127 of 131 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Girls on top, 29 Dec 2007
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S J Buck (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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These four films, which date from the mid 1950s to the mid 1960s, are a great collection to own. Not only do they contain some great British charactor actors - Alistair Sim, Terry Thomas, George Cole et al but they also define an era when life was very different to today. The first film is undoubtedly the best, although the 2nd pushes it fairly close. The fourth is clearly the weakest.

Special mention should go the music composed by Sir Malcolm Arnold which was a sort of comic suite. Particularly memorable was Flash Harry's (George Cole) theme, a funny little Piano piece that is first played when he appears from out of the bushes in the first film. In the first film 'Flash' always appeared from the bushes, which I always thought was quite surreal. Surely flash was an inspiration for Arthur in Minder many years later.

What you get then is inspired British lunacy, which at its best is very funny and even when its not funny the films are interesting to look as they show a caricature of Britain as it was forty to fifty years ago. There are two reasons the set doesn't get five stars. Firstly, and mainly, because the fourth film is a notch below the others and secondly there are no extras in this set which is a shame.
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214 of 222 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic St Trinians, 4 Mar 2007
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E. A. Redfearn "eredfearn2" (Middlesbrough) - See all my reviews
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Three of these films date from the 1950s, whilst the fourth The Great St Trinians Train Robbery dates from 1966.

The Belles of St Trinians started off this classic series in 1954 and stars that wonderful character actor Alastair Sim who plays a double role as the Headmistress Miss Fritton, and her twin brother a crooked bookie who is out to make a killing when the little horrors become caught up in a betting scam. The delightful Joyce Grenfall adds marvellous support as a policewoman and George Cole as shifty cockney character who gets involved in the betting scams. Its quite funny at times, although rather dated now. Still worth a look though. Look out for many character actors before they became household names such as Joan Sims before her Carry On years, she looks so young in it! And Sid James along with Beryl Reid and Hermionne Baddeley.

Blue Murder at St Trinians involves a crook played by Lionel Jeffries who is a jewel thief and tries to hide within the school much to his dismay. In the meantime, the little horrors win a UNESCO prize to Rome and are off onto their travels to Italy much to the consternation of the local Italians. This is a little better than the first one and is quite hilarious in parts. Once again, character actors abound; Dily Laye, Sabrina, and Terry Thomas who was probably one of the great British character actors in British film history.

Of the four films presented here, The Pure Hell of St Trinians is the best. Its a classic in its own right. The little horrors end up in The Old Bailey charged with burning down the school. However, they are saved from a long prison sentence when a strange couple from the Middle East (Cecil Parker and Irene Handle) take them under their wing. Little do the girls know that the gym slipped 6th Formers are being recruited for a Harem. The episodes throughout as once again Joyce Grenfall and co set out to find the girls in order to bring them home are very funny with some fabulous one liners. Look out for the hilarious dance scenes when many of the characters from the Ministry of Education, almost on the verge of nervous breakdowns, relax by dancing to a silly tune. These scenes are some of the highlights of the film.

The Great St Trinians Train Robbery was made seven years after The Pure Hell and is the weakest of the four. A gang of crooks hide the loot of stolen money on the school premises, and basically the story is set around them trying to get the loot back from the little horrors. Frankie Howard does save this film somewhat, along with George Cole, Reg Varney, Richard Wattis and Terry Scott. It does have its moments, but doesnt really come anywhere up to the standard of the previous three.

Overall, its a good box set to have, good value too considering how many films there are. Good picture and sound, the first three in glorious Black and White, with the final one being in color.

A pleasing box set of classic films although the only drawback is that there are no subtitles, nor any extras to speak off.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Girls Gone Wild!, 20 Sep 2007
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David Lusher (London England) - See all my reviews
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This is an excellent value box set of all four 'St Trinian's' films. They are dated now, of course, but there are laughs aplenty. The first one is probably the best (the first three are in black & white and the last one (fairly weak) is in colour. These films are a British institution and, for this price, very good value.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedies worth every penny, 21 Nov 2008
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This box-set is a must for fans of classic British comedies. It features the legendary Alastair Sim and that wheeler dealer George Cole, known to most for his Arthur Daley character in 'Minder'. I was not alive when these films were made and can't relate to much of 1950s-60s Britain but growing up in the 1980s I always looked forward to TV airings of the St. Trinians movies, and so I bought these to relive those moments. I was not disappointed.

There are 4 movies on offer; three 1950s films in black and white (The Belles of St. Trinians, The Pure of Hell of St. Trinians and Blue Murder at St Trinians) and one made in the 1960s ('The Great St. Trinians Train Robbery') in colour. The best one has to be 'The Pure of Hell of St Trinians' and the other two black and white ones are close behind. 'The Great Train Robbery' is the weakest but still a very enjoyable film.

There are no subtitles or extras but the picture quality is excellent, and at 13 it is an absolute bargain so I recommend it very highly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Character Acting, 16 July 2012
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BEWARE! This box set contains all four of the OLD 1950s-60s films, the first three are in 4:3 [old style TV] format and are black & white and look and feel as though this could move to the theatre with little difficulty. The last, made in 1966 is in 16:9 format [for wide screen TVs] but it is in colour. All are MONO. Picture quality is decidedly of the day, speckles and all, which adds to the 'olde worlde' feel for me. If you can live with these factors then this could be for you.
That said, at around 8, this is the ideal gift for those who grew up in the 50s, 60s and even later...provided classic British humour and over the top character acting are to your liking. Politically correct this thankfully isn't. Alistar Sim [in drag] plays the unorthodox headmistress in the first two films, while George Cole the 'spiv' Flash harry -a character updated for the 70's TV series Minder, and a whole host of other character actors make their appearances in these films.
If you only know the 'modern' versions [good as they were] then your missing out on the true essence of what St, Trinans was all about. As the headmistress says, "In other schools girls are sent out quite unprepared into a merciless world, but when our girls leave here, it is the merciless world which has to be prepared." In these early films the general rule of thumb is the smaller the girl, the more dangerous she is, the older she is, the more overtly sexual she becomes -traits seemingly weakened in the modern versions.
Origially published in the 1940's as a series of books by cartoonist Ronald Searle, these films are not as dark as the original publications. The pupils here are well armed with hockey sticks and tennis racquets but don't resort to the graphic pitchfork murders of the books, kidnapping and extortion are more the thing. The emphasis here is decidely on slapstick, situation comedy and one liners. The girls may be unruely, unorthodox, scruffy [especially the youngsters] and spread mayhem wherever they go, but their intentions are sincere and honest in the long run.
At the price, give it a try. The films have 'dated' and all the content has been seen in more modern films, but I'm sure you won't be disappointed. But, if you're PC minded, you may not want to let children watch it.... they might get some of those unorthodox ideas!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ST TRINIANS COLLECTION, 17 July 2012
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ANYONE WHO SAW AND ENJOYED THE ORIGINAL FILMS WILL NOT BE
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars St Trinians Collection, 18 Mar 2012
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R. W. Cook "RWC" (Yorkshire. England) - See all my reviews
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Still excellent entertainment, even after all these years. The present day actors would do well to watch them to see how it's done properly.
Delivery of product more than excellent, arrived in under 24 hrs. well done Amazon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD St Trinians, 3 Mar 2012
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Trevor Silkstone (England) - See all my reviews
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Marvellous to watch a good bit of film fun and worth every penny
The modern St Trinians was no where near as funny
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 29 April 2013
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Good old fashioned humour in four films (first 3 black and white and one colour). No subtitles, but that doesn't matter. Politically incorrect humour- I don't care about that, as I am disabled, was born in 1961, and have a very black sense of humour anyway! My sister also has this set, and she finds it hilarious! As the films were made in the fifties, one cannot critisise about the absence of wide angle lenses, or the quality of the pictures, which by the way are good to excellent considering the time they were made! I shall watch this again and again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars laughter all round!, 2 April 2013
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Being from a different generation, born 30 years after the first film was made, I'm in awe of these films (in particular the first 3) and they never fail to please. Don't be put off by people's remarks that these films are now dated. I often find the "dated" films are the most humorous. Flash Harry is one of my all time favourite characters, George cole plays a blinder as him and the music that accompanies the character tops it off perfectly. Alistair simm is at his best as the zany head mistress as well as her twin brother. Joyce grenfell is magnificent as the unfortunate police woman. The third film is equally as funny, minus Alistair simm, and deserves due credit. The random "de stress" ballet dance routine gets me giggling every time. The fourth film is considerably poor compared to the first 3. Some humorous moments, Frankie howerd's wittering never fails to make me smile, but Flash Harry saves this film, though he doesn't appear in it a great deal.
Whoever made todays remakes of these films should have thought again. Despite being modernised, they haven't got a leg to stand on up against these classics.

I regret that comedy doesn't have the same appeal today. Todays comedians are put to shame by the legends from back then, being my favourite era for comedy. There were many a great comedy in those days, and these first 3 films are well up there with the classics. Belly laughs at the ready. If you love classic comedy then you won't be disappointed!
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