A French Mistress (1960)

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The boys of Melbury Primary School are plunged into turmoil when the new French Master turns out to be a Mistress! Madelin Leforge's (the French Mistress) effect on the boys is swift and ... See full summary »

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  • Michael Crawford and James Robertson Justice in A French Mistress (1960)
  • Ian Bannen and Agnès Laurent in A French Mistress (1960)
  • A French Mistress (1960)
  • Agnès Laurent in A French Mistress (1960)
  • Agnès Laurent in A French Mistress (1960)
  • A French Mistress (1960)

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Sonnie Hale (adapted from a play by), Roy Boulting (screenplay), Jeffrey Dell (screenplay)

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15 July 2018 | drednm
| Mild British Comedy
Good cast is mostly wasted in this comedy set in a boys' school., which is turned upside down when the new French teacher turns out to be a sex bomb rather than a middle-aged woman. The boys are all agog.

The headmaster (Cecil Parker) also has the headache of thinking he may be the girl's father since he had met her mother on a mountain-climbing trip 25 years prior. His son (Ian Bannen) who also teaches at the school, starts to grow fond of his might-be sister.

Some funny bits are provided by James Robertson Justice as a wise-cracking teacher, Raymond Huntley as the sourpuss vicar, Athene Seyler as his sourpuss sister, Irene Handl as the battle-axe cook, Edith Sharpe as the matron, and Thorley Walters as the chairman of the governors. Agnes Laurent plays the teacher, but she's hard to understand.

This is one of those comedies that hinges on the characters' simply not stating the obvious. Parker never just tells anyone what the issue is. I never spotted Michael Crawford (18 or so at the time) who's listed as playing a student named Kent, not did I ever hear the name mentioned.

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