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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.
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
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In The Belles of St. Trinian's, a sly, chaotic comedy from the team of Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, St. Trinian's is, as usual, on the brink of financial disaster. Salvation may be at hand, however, when a rich sheik sends his daughter to join the fourth form and receive a proper English education. The sheik also is a horse owner and one of his prize racers, Arab Boy, is being trained near the school for a race. It's only a matter of time before the fourth-form girls form a racing pool and bet heavily on Arab Boy, with Miss Fritton adding to the pool what funds the school has left. (Much of the fourth-form girl's money comes from the gin they make in chemistry, then bottle and lower by rope to Flash Harry (George Cole), a Cockney fixer, for distribution. "It's got something...I don't know quite what," says Miss Fritton on sampling the stuff, "but send a few bottles up to my room.Read more ›
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.
Inspired by cartoonist Ronald Searle, who caricuatured his hideous Japanese POW camp guards as horrible little English school-"gels", St Trinians is typically English. It also contains every filmic cliche known to man, and then some!
Despite which, its' charm,mirth and general appeal remain undimmed. A distinguished cast totters between completely inspired anarchic lunacy, surreal interruptions from staid educational Civil Servants, the inimitable Spiv, Flash Harry, and occasional realisations that they are actually supposed to be the voice of authority-well, intermittent realisations, anyway!
Not only should it never have worked, despite Alistair Sim,Joyce Grenfell, Beryl Reid, Hermoine Baddeley and George Cole in the cast, it should, after 54 years, be fit for the dustbin. Is it hell! I've just laughed my socks off at it for the 99th time this weekend, which is not bad for someone who never attended such an establishment(good job, with MY five-o-clock shadow!!).
Please give yourself a treat soon and relive a truly funny film-it's an enduring gem;as Shirley Bassey sang-Diamonds are Forever!
The cast are a joy. The inimitable Alistair Sim stars as both Head-Mistress Millicent Fritton and her bookie brother Clarence. A young George Cole is Flash Harry. Amazingly Cole's character is very Arthur Daley like. I wonder if this was the original inspiration for Minder? With Joyce Grenfell, Irene Handl and Joan Sims as well the cast alone should have you watching.
The plot revolves around a race-horse owned by the father of one of the pupils. Naturally it is stolen and various factions of the St Trinians girls are involved. If you haven't seen the film for many years, this a great reminder of a classic period for British films. Wonderful comedy from a different era.
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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Thank you I watch it all ready and fun film and was no problem with it very satisfied with blu-ray all servicePublished 2 months ago by DAVID JEROME
The Belles of St Trinian's is a wonderful 1954 British black and white comedy film set in the fictional St Trinian’s School for Young Ladies. Read morePublished 10 months ago by GRP