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The Pure Hell of St. Trinian’s

Ronald Searle's familiar cartoon characters come to life in yet another St Trinian's School romp, which is well up to standard.

Cecil Parker Joyce Grenfell George Cole Thorley Walters Irene Handl Eric Barker

Ronald Searle’s familiar cartoon characters come to life in yet another St Trinian’s School romp, which is well up to standard.

Current yarn gets of to a flying start with the girls burning down the school and being brought to trial at the Old Bailey. But to the horror of the police and the Ministry of Education they are acquitted. This is partly because the judge does not miss the most beautiful blonde in the sixth form (Julie Alexander), but also because of the intervention of a strange professor who offers to start a new St Trinian’s and give the girls a fresh start. He turns out to be a dubious character mixed up with a racket for supplying glamor girls to an Oriental Emir as wives for his numerous sons.

Dialog is brisk and the film is directed at a sufficiently swift pace to keep the fun moving steadily.

In a large cast, Cecil Parker, as the professor; Irene Handl, as his assistant; Dennis Price, Thorley Walters, Eric Barker and Raymond Huntley all provide polished comedy studies. Joyce Grenfell is once again the prim policewoman in love with the superintendent. George Cole repeats his familiar performance as Flash Harry, who runs a matrimonial agency on behalf of the Sixth Form

The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's


Production: Hallmark/Tudor. Director Frank Launder; Producer Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat; Screenplay Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder, Val Valentine; Camera Gerald Gibbs; Editor Thelma Connell; Music Malcolm Arnold

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1960. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: Cecil Parker Joyce Grenfell George Cole Thorley Walters Irene Handl Eric Barker

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