The Pure Hell Of St. Trinian's. Image shows from L to R: Professor Canford (Cecil Parker), Flash Harry (George Cole), Sgt. Ruby Gates (Joyce Grenfell). Copyright: Vale Film Productions.

The Pure Hell Of St. Trinian's

The Pure Hell Of St. Trinian's

A compassionate professor takes over St. Trinian's after the girls burn the school down, but there is more to his plans than meets the eye

Ronald Searle
Cecil Parker, George Cole, Joyce Grenfell, Eric Barker, Thorley Walters, Irene Handl, Dennis Price, Sid James and others
Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder and Val Valentine
Frank Launder
Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder

When the entire student body of St. Trinian's ends up at the High Court for burning down the school, it looks like curtains for the girls and the establishment. However, kindly Professor Canford keeps them out of jail with an offer to run the school in a new building and to treat the girls more respectfully and humanely.

Soon, the Professor puts his plan to improve the girls' cultural appreciation and understanding by taking the Sixth Form on a cruise around the islands of Greece - however, nothing is quite as it seems. The Professor's mysterious patron in the running of the school is none other than crook Alphonse O'Reilly, and unbeknownst to Cranford, he has the boat sail to Arabia in order to sell the girls to an Emir and his 35 sons.

With Sergeant Gates once again hidden on board in order to follow the girls, and Flash Harry also accompanying the trip, various unlikely partners come together in a rescue attempt: after all, who else will protect their modesty?

Production Details

Part of

St. Trinian's Film Series

UK certificate
90 minutes
Release date
December 1960
Production company
Black and white
Music composed and conducted by Malcolm Arnold.
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Thursday 4th January 2018 at 10:40am on ITV3

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