The Belles of St. Trinian's

Synopsis: The arrival of Sultan's daughter Princess Fatima at England's famous and prestigious 'School for Young Ladies' precipitates even more chaos than usual. Her father's horse Arab Boy is due to run at the nearby Gold Cup so Clarence Fitton, bookie brother of headmistress Millicent, ensures his own daughter is on hand to report progress. At the same time Barchester police have planted sergeant Ruby Gates as a teacher, and the Ministry of Education are sending a third inspector down after the previous two disappeared without trace.
Genre: Comedy, Family
Director(s): Frank Launder
Production: Associated Artists
91 min

establishment to the whole of Britain.

And what a gay arcadia of happy girlhood

it was then until the war broke out.

And such things as good manners

and good taste

were replaced by...

by your black-market values.

- Why are you in that dreadful get-up?

- I'm going to Newbury races.


Still following those pernicious animals.

Really, Clarence,

you're a disgrace to the family.

I'd hardly call you a credit to it, Millie.

Then why are you so anxious for me

to take Arabella back?


I hear that the Sultan of Makyad

is sending his daughter to school here.

And what, pray, has that got to do

with you or Arabella?

The Sultan of Makyad has a string

of first-class racehorses, Millie.

Do you... do you mean to say

that you're sending Arabella back here

simply to get you racing information?

But in my world, we live by information.

Really, Clarence, this is a school,

not... not Newmarket Heath! Oh!

Now, nothing on earth will persuade me

to take Arabella back.

Oh... Oh!


You wouldn't like it if I went to Mother

and told her that you had mortgaged

the family home up to the hilt, would you?

Mummy would never believe you.

She'd cut you out of her will in a trice

and you know it.

But Clarence, you come here

with a request like that

without having the grace to offer

to pay Arabella's back school fees.

Oh, well,

I'll give you something on account.

And supposing, just supposing,

I was insane enough to accept,

how long do you expect

this evil child to remain here?

Only for this term.

Yes, and I should think so, too.

She'll well over school age as it is.

Jane Andrews is older than me.

So's Pogo Williams.

What's more, Pogo's married.

Not officially.

Clarence, I'll take 40 in cash

and the balance by cheque.

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Frank Launder

Frank Launder (28 January 1906 – 23 February 1997) was a British writer, film director and producer, who made more than 40 films, many of them in collaboration with Sidney Gilliat.He was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England and worked briefly as a clerk before becoming an actor and then a playwright. He began working as a screenwriter on British films in the 1930s, contributing the original story for the classic Will Hay comedy Oh, Mr Porter! (1937). After writing a number of screenplays with Gilliat, including The Lady Vanishes (1938) for Alfred Hitchcock, and Night Train to Munich for Carol Reed; the two men wrote and directed the wartime drama Millions Like Us (1943).After founding their own production company Individual Pictures, they produced a number of memorable dramas and thrillers including I See a Dark Stranger (1945) and Green for Danger (1946), but were best known for their comedies including The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950) and most famously, the St Trinians series, based on Ronald Searle's cartoons set in an anarchic girls school. He was married to actress Bernadette O'Farrell from 1950 until his death in Monaco. The couple had two children. more…

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