Blue Murder at St Trinian's
|Blue Murder at St Trinian's|
|Directed by||Frank Launder|
|Produced by||Frank Launder
|Written by||Frank Launder
|Music by||Malcolm Arnold|
|Edited by||Geoffrey Foot|
|Distributed by||British Lion Films|
Blue Murder at St Trinian's (1957) is British comedy film set in the fictional St Trinian's School. Directed by Frank Launder and written by him and Sidney Gilliat, it was the second of the series of five films and stars Terry-Thomas, George Cole, Joyce Grenfell, Lionel Jeffries and Richard Wattis.
Spiv "Flash Harry" has set up a marriage agency for the Sixth Form and an Italian Prince is interested in meeting the girls. Meanwhile, the father of one of the Sixth Formers is involved in a diamond theft and recklessly decides to hide out at the school.
Cheating in an academic competition so that they can win a 'goodwill' trip overseas to pave the way for the Sixth Form girls to meet the Prince, the girls force the diamond thief to reluctantly masquerade as their headmistress so that he can accompany them on their trip as their 'chaperone'.
- George Cole as "Flash Harry"
- Joyce Grenfell as Policewoman Sergeant Ruby Gates
- Terry-Thomas as Captain Romney Carlton-Ricketts
- Lloyd Lamble as Superintendent Kemp-Bird
- Terry Scott as Police Sergeant
- Lionel Jeffries as Joe Mangan
- Thorley Walters as Major Whitehart
- Cyril Chamberlain as Army Captain
- Judith Furse as Dame Maud Hackshaw
- Kenneth Griffith as Charlie Bull
- Alastair Sim as Miss Fritton
- Guido Lorraine as Prince Bruno
- Lisa Gastoni as Myrna Mangan
- Rosalind Knight as Annabel
- Dilys Laye as Bridget Strong
- Sabrina as Virginia Fritton
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- Richard Wattis as Manton Bassett
- Eric Barker as Culpepper-Brown
- Peter Jones as Prestwick
- Michael Ripper as Eric the liftman
As Miss Fritton, Sim appears in only two scenes.
A leading model at the time, Sabrina got high billing, appearing in all the posters and publicity stills in school uniform, but she actually had a non-speaking part in which she was only required to lounge in bed reading a book while men hovered around her. She is described as the "school swot", the only pupil to go to bed on time and where she reads the works of Dostoyevsky.
Thorley Walters was to re-appear in The Pure Hell of St Trinian's, effectively replacing Richard Wattis as Culpepper-Brown's nerve-racked assistant. He was also to play the part of Culpepper-Brown himself in The Wildcats of St Trinian's in 1980.
It was Rosalind Knight's first credited film role. She too would later appear in The Wildcats film, this time as a teacher.
- Blue Murder at St Trinian's at the Internet Movie Database
- Blue Murder at St Trinian's at AllMovie
- sttrinians Net