Blue Murder at St Trinian's

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Blue Murder at St Trinian's
VHS cover
Directed by Frank Launder
Produced by Frank Launder
Sidney Gilliat
Written by Frank Launder
Sidney Gilliat
Val Valentine
Starring Terry-Thomas
George Cole
Joyce Grenfell
Lionel Jeffries
Alastair Sim
Richard Wattis
Lisa Gastoni
Music by Malcolm Arnold
Cinematography Gerald Gibbs
Edited by Geoffrey Foot
Distributed by British Lion Films
Release dates
Running time
86 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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'.

Chaos reigns as the St. Trinian's girls run amok in Europe, leaving a string of victims in their wake as they win by underhanded means at hockey in France and at water polo in Italy.


Sixth Form

Ministry of Education


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.

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