The Belles of St. Trinian's

The Belles of St Trinian's is a 1954 British comedy film, directed by Frank Launder, co-written by Launder and Sidney Gilliat, and starring Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole, Hermione Baddeley. Inspired by British cartoonist Ronald Searle's St Trinian's School comic strips, the film focuses on the lives of the students and teachers of the fictional school, dealing with attempts to shut them down while their headmistress faces issues with financial troubles, which culminates in the students thwarting a scheme involving a racehorse.[1]

The Belles of St Trinian's
DVD cover
Directed byFrank Launder
Written byFrank Launder
Sidney Gilliat
Val Valentine
Based onSt Trinian's cartoons by Ronald Searle
Produced byFrank Launder
Sidney Gilliat
StarringAlastair Sim
Joyce Grenfell
George Cole
Hermione Baddeley
CinematographyStanley Pavey
Edited byThelma Connell
Music byMalcolm Arnold
Production
companies
London Films
Individual Pictures
Distributed byBritish Lion Films
Release date
  • 28 September 1954 (1954-09-28)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

The film was among some of the most popular British films to be released in 1954, with critics praising the comedy and several of the cast members for their performances, including Sim's dual role as the headmistress Miss Millicent Fritton and her twin brother Clarence Fritton.[2] The film was the first to be produced in the St. Trinian's film series – three sequels were later produced and released after this film: Blue Murder at St Trinian's in 1957; The Pure Hell of St Trinian's in 1960; and The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery in 1966.


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