Two high-spirited young students at St. Francis Academy (a Catholic boarding school for girls) keep things hopping for the challenged Mother Superior (Rosalind Russell) and her staff of bewildered Sisters.
Red-headed young devil Mary Clancy (Hayley Mills) has “scathingly brilliant ideas” when it comes to hell-raising. She is followed into wickedness by her best friend Rachel Devery (June Harding).
The story spans three years and follows the girls and their many pranks, including setting off fire alarms, smoking cigars in the basement and putting detergent in the nuns’ sugar bowls, causing soap bubbles to fill the refectory.
As the girls mature, they gain a greater respect for their teachers and the commitment and devotion required to be a nun, leading one of them to make a life-changing decision.
Blanche Hanalis adapted the script from Jane Trahey’s novel Life With Mother Superior.
Producer William Frye, composer Jerry Goldsmith and photographer Lionel Linden were about the only men allowed to work on this Women Only film, directed by actress Ida Lupino.
Also involved in the fun with the nuns was ex-stripper Gypsy Rose Lee as a dance instructor.
Sister Rose Marie
Barbara Bell Wright
Patty Ann Gerrity
Betty Jane Royale
Gypsy Rose Lee