The Belles Of St. Trinian's. Image shows from L to R: Miss Millicent Fritton (Alastair Sim), Flash Harry (George Cole). Copyright: London Films / STUDIOCANAL
The Belles Of St. Trinian's

The Belles Of St. Trinian's

  • 1954 film

The first film set at Ronald Searle's infamous school. The girls of St. Trinian's find themselves involved in a horse racing scam. Also features Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole, Hermione Baddeley, Betty Ann Davies and more.

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The Belles Of St. Trinian's. Miss Millicent Fritton (Alastair Sim). Copyright: London Films / STUDIOCANAL

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
1954
Creator
Ronald Searle
Stars
Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole, Hermione Baddeley, Betty Ann Davies, Beryl Reid, Mary Merrall, Renee Houston and more
Writers
Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat and Val Valentine
Director
Frank Launder
Producers
Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder
Company

St. Trinian's School for Young Girls is possibly the most infamous school in the world. It's a riot - literally, with the girls involved in seemingly every criminal activity, from arson to making illicit gin.

At the start of a new term, an Arabian sultan has sent his daughter Fatima to the school, pleased that it is in the same county as where his horses are stabled.

The mistress of the school, Millicent Fritton, is in a lot of trouble. The school is in debt, and she has had to accept back her expelled niece, Arabella, to get some of her bookmaker brother Clarence's money.

After discovering how good the sultan's new horse Arab Boy is, Clarence organises for it to be kidnapped by his daughter's gang so that he does not lose too much in the Gold Cup.

However, with Princess Fatima's £100 having been placed on the horse's win in order to clear the school's debts, and a number of girls having made bets of their own, it's the staff and 4th form vs the 6th form to keep - or return - Arab Boy in time for the race!

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Additional details

Part of

St. Trinian's Film Series

UK certificate
U
Duration
94 minutes
UK release
Tuesday 28th September 1954
Produced
Autumn 1953
Distributors

British Lion

Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Black and white
Soundtrack
Music composed by Malcolm Arnold and conducted by Muir Mathieson.

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Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Saturday 6th January 2024 at 10:00am on BBC2
  • Thursday 27th April 2023 at 10:30pm on BBC4
  • Wednesday 15th June 2022 at 11:00am on Film4

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