The Belles of St. Trinian's**
Girls at the diabolical St. Trinian's wage war on each other to save the school after stealing a prize racehorse.
Launder and Gilliat caricature their own superior school comedy The Happiest Days of Your Life with this variation based on Ronald Searle's naughty schoolgirl illustrations, with the main star in drag. The central joke wears thin at times (particularly when stretched through four sequels and a 2007 remake), and the plot merely strings together a series of sketches, but the cast provide some laughs, particularly those already experienced in this field.
Written by: Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat, Val Valentine.
Producer: Sidney Gilliat.
Director: Frank Launder.
Starring: Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole, Hermione Baddeley, Beryl Reid, Irene Handl, Joan Sims, Lloyd Lamble, Richard Wattis, Sidney James, Eric Pohlmann.
Photography: Stan Pavey.
Music: Malcolm Arnold.
+ MISS FRITTON (Alastair Sim): "You'll find us all one big happy family here. Perhaps just a teeny-weeny bit unorthodox, but there, that's better than being old fashioned, isn't, hmm? You see, in other schools girls are sent out quite unprepared into a merciless world, but when our girls leave here, it is the merciless world that has to be prepared!"
Tom and Jerry in
(US 1954. d: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera; p: Fred Quimby.)