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Belles of St Trinian’s, The (1954)

A rollicking British comedy based on Ronald Searle’s cartoons of a terrifying girls’ school known as St. Trinian’s.

Bookie Clarence (Alastair Sim) is the brother of Millicent Fitton (also Alastair Sim), the headmistress of St Trinian’s School for Girls.

Clarence sneaks his daughter into the school as a student to pick up racing tips from Princess Fatima of Makyad – the daughter of an Arabic racehorse owner.

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The horse, Arab Boy, is due to run in the Gold Cup and is being backed heavily by the fourth form girls, Miss Fritton, and the school funds to win a fortune.

Cockney spiv Flash Harry (George Cole) is on hand to make a profit from the girl’s booze manufacturing while ditzy policewoman Ruby Gates (Joyce Grenfell) attempts to keep a watch on all the proceedings.

The racehorse is kidnapped by the sixth form, but rescued in time to win the race and save St Trinian’s from bankruptcy.

Clarence
Alastair Sim
Miss Fitton

Alastair Sim
PC Ruby Gates

Joyce Grenfell
Flash Harry

George Cole
Miss Drownder

Hermione Baddeley
Miss Waters

Betty Ann Davies
Miss Brimmer

Renee Houston
Miss Wilson

Beryl Reid
Miss Gale

Irene Handl
Miss Buckland

Mary Merrall
Miss Dawn

Joan Sims
Benny

Sid James
Eric Rowbottom Smith

Guy Middleton
Wilfred Woodley

Arthur Howard
Albert Fanning

Michael Ripper
Jackie

Diana Day
Florrie

Jill Braidwood
Maudie

Annabelle Covey
Celia

Pauline Drewett
Rosie

Jean Langston
Arabella

Vivienne Martin
Gladys

Elizabeth Griffiths
Lucretia

Andrée Melly
Amanda

Belinda Lee
Sultan

Eric Pohlmann
Princess Fatima

Lorna Henderson
Alf

Jerry Verno

Director
Frank Launder

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