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Blue Murder at St. Trinian’s (1957, Alastair Sim, Terry-Thomas)



This is the second screen appearance of Ronald Searle’s immortal creations under the now experienced leadership of director Frank Launder.

With St. Trinian’s headmistress Miss Fritton (Alastair Sim) now in jail, the army unsuccessfully tries to control the schoolgirls. Meanwhile Flash Harry (George Cole) has promised to let wife-hunting Italian Prince Bono (Guido Lorraine) look over the sixth form. And cheating of a violent kind wins the school a European tour that’s scheduled to end in Rome.

But Dame Maud Hackshaw (Judith Furse) is en route from an Australian borstal to replace Miss Frinton and, in order to prevent her from vetoing the trip, she is kidnapped and her place taken, in drag, by wanted jewel thief Joe Mangan (Lionel Jeffries), the father of one of the sixth formers. The school sets out in two charabancs in the charge of bus-owner Romney (Terry-Thomas), Ministry of Education liftman Michael Ripper and a policewoman in disguise (Joyce Grenfell). Comic chaos ensues.

production details
UK | 86 minutes | 1957

Director: Frank Launder
Writers: Frank Launder, Val Valentine, Sidney Gilliat. Inspired by the drawings of Ronald Searle

Terry-Thomas as Captain Romney Carlton-Ricketts
George Cole as ‘Flash’ Harry
Joyce Grenfell as Sergeant Ruby Gates
Alastair Sim as Miss Amelia Fritton
Sabrina as Virginia
Lionel Jeffries as Joe Mangan
Ferdy Mayne as Italian Police Inspector
Thorley Walters as Major
Michael Ripper as Eric
Lesley Scoble as Uncredited