The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's (1960)

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The hellions of St. Trinians are recruited to a sheik's harem. Little does he know what he's letting himself in for.


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11 June 2020 | CinemaSerf
| Just a touch too much postcard humour....
This, I venture to suggest, will make virtually no sense at all to any folks who live in parts of the world without public schools... For those of us who do, however, it is a gentle comedy that parodies some of Britain's most exclusive education establishments with it's tongue very firmly planted in it's cheek! We pick up from "Blue Murder" with the school ablaze, no sign of "Miss Fritton" (Alastair Sim) and the whole school in front of a High Court Judge. Just in the nick of time, enter Cecil Parker as "Prof. Canford" who manages to convince this rather gullible judge to give the whole outfit one more year so he can test out new "teaching techniques"! So, wiith the assistance of Irene Handel as Miss "Harker-Parker" and the inimitable George Cole "Flash Harry" the girls are soon up to their old shenanigans again; despite the best efforts of poor old policeman Lloyd Gamble and his sergeant/fiancée Joyce Grenfell. The story is great, the timing of some of the pithy one-liners superb - especially from an on-form Grenfell and Cole. There are plenty of great supporting contributions too - Dennis Price, Sydney James, Thorley Walters and Liz Fraser all adding loads to the general mêlée of mischief and confusion. For me, it really misses Sim and Terry-Thomas, and though Parker is super (as usual), the story itself is just a bit too tired, now, to sustain this third episode. Certainly worth a watch, but I think the best was certainly behind them...

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