The Belles Of St. Trinian's. Image shows from L to R: Alastair Sim, George Cole. Copyright: London Films / Studio Canal.

The Belles Of St. Trinian's

The Belles Of St. Trinian's. Copyright: London Films / Studio Canal.

The Belles Of St. Trinian's

The first film set at the infamous school. The girls of St. Trinian's find themselves involved in a horse racing scam

Ronald Searle
Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole, Hermione Baddeley, Betty Ann Davies, Renee Houston, Beryl Reid, Irene Handl and others
Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat and Val Valentine
Frank Launder
Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder

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 (Alistair Sim), 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!

Production Details

Part of

St. Trinian's Film Series

UK certificate
94 minutes
Release date
Tuesday 28th September 1954

British Lion

Production company
Black and white
Music composed by Malcolm Arnold and conducted by Muir Mathieson.
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Friday 5th January 2018 at 10:50am on ITV3

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