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


Well done!

Tell Arshad to have the windows

facing the street boarded up.

Yes, Your Highness.

...the favour of an early reply.

My felicitations, et cetera.

I was told you wished to see me

with Fatima, sir.

Yes, I do. Will you sit down, please,

both of you?

Miss Anderson, first let me say

that I've always been delighted

with the way

you've brought up my children.

However, in a few years' time,

Fatima will reach an age when...

Well, as you know, I've had to let

the Americans build air bases here

and in the circumstances

I thought it advisable

for her to finish her schooling abroad.

I take it it's England

you wish to send her to, sir?

It is.

Since my racehorses are there,

I shall be able to visit them and Fatima

at the same time.

Had you any particular school in mind,

Your Highness?

Well, I thought you might be able

to advise me about that, Miss Anderson.

There are many excellent schools

where I've no doubt Fatima would be...

Tell Arshad I wish to see him

on a domestic matter.

I'm awfully sorry, Your Highness,

but... that girl...

- Hm?

- She isn't your wife, sir.

- I beg your pardon?

- No, sir. She's not on the strength.

She's an American lady writing a series

of articles called "The Lure of the Harem"

for the "Saturday Evening Post".

Arshad has no right to do these things

without my permission.

You were saying, Miss Anderson?

Well, I've been thinking.

An old school friend of mine is

headmistress at a school in Barchester

called St Trinian's.


But what could be more convenient?

My horses are trained

in the same county.

Would you like me

to write to my friend, then, sir?

Will you, please, Miss Anderson?

Inform her mother

what I'm proposing, will you?

Her mother?

My dear girl, look in the files!

'The train now standing

in platform one is the school special'

'calling at Reading, Hungerford...'

St Trinian's?

Now, girls, put away those whistles

at once and get into the train.

Good morning. I'm Prudence Buckland,

physics mistress, St Trinian's.

Princes Fatima, I presume.

Miss Fritton, our head, told me to keep

a special eye open for little Fatima.

Now, come along, my dear.

The train's just off. Thank you so much.

- Yes?

- Is that you, Superintendent?

This is Sergeant Goobold

of Little Twining speaking. They're back!

I shouldn't be

more than five minutes, Sam.

- Bella, hurry up.

- OK.

Come along.

Good morning.

Excuse me. My name is Fritton.

Clarence Fritton. I'm Bella's father.

She knows! How do, Rose?

How do you do? Actually, I've come

to see my sister, Miss Fritton.

She's... she's... she's head...

Oh... Thank you.

Thank you very much. Excuse me.

What a very odd woman.

What does she teach?

- Scripture and needlework.

- Oh, really?


How lovely to see you!

I told you I'd be back!

We have that hurdle yet to cross, my girl.

Now, you just behave yourself

and let me do the talking.

Come in.

- Morning, Millie.

- Hello, Auntie.


Clarence, I thought I'd made it

abundantly clear from my letter

that I had expelled Arabella.

Yes, I know. I know, Millie. I know.

Goodness knows, I've been lenient

with her to the point of imbecility!

Monica Drew wasn't expelled

when she burnt down the gymnasium.

The gymnasium was insured!

The sports pavilion was not.

I appreciate the distinction, Millie.

I can no longer afford to have... to have

continual arson about in my school.

I had to make an example!

But why pick on Arabella?

Clarence, when poor Frieda and I

started this school,

during the general strike of 1926,

we vowed to make it the happiest carefree

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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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