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The Belles of St Trinian's

DVD cover
Directed by Frank Launder
Produced by Frank Launder
Sidney Gilliat
Written by Frank Launder
Sidney Gilliat
Val Valentine
Starring Alastair Sim
Joyce Grenfell
George Cole
Hermione Baddeley
Betty Ann Davies
Music by Malcolm Arnold
Cinematography Stanley Pavey
Editing by Thelma Connell
Distributed by British Lion Films
London Films
Release date(s) 1954
Running time 86 min.
Country UK
Language English
Followed by Blue Murder at St Trinian's

The Belles of St Trinian's is a comedy film set in the fictional St Trinian's School, released in 1954. It and its sequels were inspired by British cartoonist Ronald Searle. Directed by Frank Launder and written by him and Sidney Gilliat, it was the first of a series of five.



St Trinian's school students became embroiled in a plot with the daughter of an Arab sheik and the sheik's racehorse to gamble on the the upcoming "Gold Cup" horse race. The Fourth Formers want the sheik's horse to win. However, the Sixth Formers want to keep it from racing so another racehorse can win. The headmistress places a bet on the sheik's horse to save her beloved school. The opposing aims pit the Sixth Form and Fourth Form against each other in a mêlée involving former pupils. The sheik's horse wins and the headmistress gets the school out of debt and reclaim pawned sports trophies .

The girls also battle against the Ministry of Education and teachers and police.


Alastair Sim played headmistress Miss Fritton (in drag) and her brother Clarence Fritton. George Cole was cockney spiv Flash Harry, and Joyce Grenfell was Policewoman Ruby Gates. Richard Wattis appeared as Manton Bassett, a civil servant in the Ministry of Education, Lloyd Lamble as Superintendent Kemp-Bird (reluctant fiancé of Ruby Gates), and Sid James was Benny, one of Clarence Fritton's racing associates.

The staff were played by Hermione Baddeley, Renee Houston, Beryl Reid, Irene Handl, Mary Merrall and Joan Sims.


The opening scenes of the girls returning to school were filmed at Alton Convent in Hampshire. Music was by Malcolm Arnold.


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