Leaving a notorious trail of arson behind them, the St. Trinians schoolgirls are always on the move.
Their headmistress, Amber Spottiswood (Dora Bryan inadequately filling Alistair Sim’s shoes) is more than “just friends” with the Minister of Schools, Sir Horace (Raymond Huntley) so armed with a government grant, she re-houses her girls in yet another home, this time at Hamingwell Grange.
What she doesn’t know is that the Great Train Robbers have got there before her and left £2.5 million hidden under the ballroom stage.
It’s a slow-starting but eventually heartily funny skit on the famous train robbery, with the girls of St Trinians eventually driving – literally so, in a slapstick climax with trains running up and down the down and up lines – the gang into chaos and surrender.
Richard Wattis does sterling work as the man from the ministry, but, try as they might, Dora Bryan, Reg Varney and Stratford Johns (providing the booming voiceover) can’t hold a candle to the much-missed Alastair Sim and Joyce Grenfell.
George Cole makes a welcome though brief appearance as Flash Harry. Schoolgirls from a Catholic convent school in Altona, Hampshire were used as extras in the film.
Alfred Askett/Alphonse of Monte Carlo
Minister (Sir Horace)
William (Willy the Jelly Man)
Carole Ann Ford