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Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery, The (1966)

Leaving a notorious trail of arson behind them, the St. Trinians schoolgirls are always on the move.

Their headmistress is more than ‘just friends’ with the Minister of Schools 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.

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.

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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.

Alphonse Askett
Frankie Howerd
Gilbert
Reg Varney
Leonard Edwards
Desmond Walter-Ellis
Amber Spottiswood
Dora Bryan
Maxie
Cyril Chamberlain
Big Jim
Arthur Mullard
The Voice
Stratford Johns
Minister
Raymond Huntley
Bassett
Richard Wattis
Butters
Peter Gilmore
Culpepper-Brown
Eric Barker
Gore-Blackwood
George Benson
Liftman
Michael Ripper
Truelove
Godfrey Winn
Flash Harry
George Cole
Policeman
Terry Scot

Director
Frank Launder
Sidney Gilliat