Belles of St. Trinian's

The Belles of St. Trinian's

Director: Frank Launder, Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole

Cast: Frank Launder, Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole

     
 

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Belles of St. Trinian's was the first of several British comedies inspired by the fear-inspiring girl's school created by cartoonist Ronald Searle. The girls of St. Trinian's aim their deviltry at a gang of crooks who plan to steal a famous race horse. Alastair Sim wraps up the proceedings with his dual portrayal of the school's severe headmistress (!) and her

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Belles of St. Trinian's was the first of several British comedies inspired by the fear-inspiring girl's school created by cartoonist Ronald Searle. The girls of St. Trinian's aim their deviltry at a gang of crooks who plan to steal a famous race horse. Alastair Sim wraps up the proceedings with his dual portrayal of the school's severe headmistress (!) and her bookmaking twin brother. Also worth watching is veteran supporting player George Cole, who makes a tidy profit on the alcoholic beverages produced in the girls' science lab, and toothy Joyce Grenfell as a diligent lady constable. Like most of the subsequent "St. Trinian's" farces, Belles of St. Trinian's was a joint effort of the producer/director/writer team of Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Ronald Searle's cartoons featuring the devilish girls of St. Trinian's School have some of the same ghoulish humor that marked the best work of American cartoonist Charles Addams. The Belles of St. Trinian's fudges that sense of ghoulishness somewhat, both by concentrating more on the characters played by Alastair Sim and by seeming afraid to go far enough in displaying the blackness of the girls' hearts. As a result, the film is less satisfying and less distinctive than it should have been. Having said that, however, it is still a very amusing and diverting afternoon's entertainment. And while focusing on Sim robs the film of some of its impact, it does allow the audience to be entertained by one of the British cinema's most delightful character actors. Sim's headmistress is a wonderful comic creation; she is sly, crafty and selfish but would be genuinely appalled were she ever to think such adjectives were being applied to her. There's an innocence to her which is appealing, and contrasts neatly with the oiliness of her brother (also played by Sim). While the screenplay doesn't provide Sim with first rate material, he makes the absolute most of what he is given. He is ably supported by the dependable Joyce Grenfell, and the rest of the large cast fills their parts most capably. Belles was followed by a number of sequels.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2015
UPC:
0644827622825
Original Release:
1953
Source:
Nostalgia Family
Sales rank:
7,230

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alastair Sim Clarence/ Millicent Fritton
Joyce Grenfell PW Ruby Gates
George Cole Flash Harry
Hermione Baddeley Miss Drowseder
Betty Ann Davies Miss Waters
Renee Houston Miss Brimmer
Beryl Reid Miss Wilson
Irene Handl Miss Gale
Mary Merrall Miss Buckland
Joan Sims Miss Dawn
Balbina Mlle. de St. Emillion
Jane Henderson Miss Holland
Diana Day Jackie
Pauline Drewett Celia
Lloyd Lamble Supt. Kemp-Bird
Richard Wattis Manton Bassett
Guy Middleton Eric Rowbottom Smith
Eric Pohlmann Sultan of Makyad
Sidney James Benny
Vivienne Martin Arabella
Arthur Howard Wilfred Woodley
Barbara Windsor Actor

Technical Credits
Frank Launder Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Malcolm Arnold Score Composer
Thelma Connell Editor
Sidney Gilliat Producer,Screenwriter
Stanley Pavey Cinematographer
Val Valentine Screenwriter

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