The Belles Of St Trinians

1954

Directed By

Frank Launder

Synopsis

First in the series of films based on the cartoon creations of Ronald Searle, and the archetype for rebellious school girls ever since.

Miss Millicent Fritton (the incomparable Alastair Sim), the Headmistress of St. Trinian’s, the renowned establishment for the education of young ladies, faces a few problems with her students. An unorthodox doctrine and free expression has resulted in some very unruly schoolgirls more interested in men and mischief than homework and hockey. She attempts to stave off her creditors by ‘looking after’ the pocket money of a wealthy sheikh’s daughter currently enrolled at the school, and investing it on the sheikh’s horse, Arab Boy, in the local derby. Unfortunately, Miss Fritton’s bookmaking brother Clarence (also Sim) has backed another horse, and kidnaps Arab Boy to ensure his own sizeable win. Miss Fritton enlists the help of disreputable boot boy Flash Harry (George Cole), the teaching staff and the Old Girls in rescuing Arab Boy and returning him to the race.

Cast
Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole, Hermoine Baddeley, Betty Ann Davis, Renee Houston, Beryl Reid, Irene Handl
Other Credits

Inspired by the original drawings by Ronald Searle

Release Date
28 April 2014
extras
  • New The Girls of St Trinian’s – Featurette
  • New Interview with Alistair Sim’s Daughter – Merlith McKendrick
  • New Interview with Geoff Brown – film historian
  • New Interview with Steve Chibnall – Professor of British Cinema, De Montfort University
  • New Interview with Melanie Williams – Senior Lecturer in Film Studies UEA
  • English SDH

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