The schoolgirls at the extremely free-spirited St. Trinian's School are more interested in smoking and betting on the horses than their studies, in raucous comedy inspired by the cartoons of Ronald Searle, with Sim in a dual role as the Victorian-looking, but forward-thinking, headmistress and her racetrack tout brother. Producers Launder & Gilliat were the screenwriters of Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes. With George Cole (who had played Sim as a young man in A Christmas Carol), Joyce Grenfell, and Hermione Baddely.
DIRECTED BY FRANK LAUNDER
UNITED KINGDOM | 1954 | ENGLISH LANGUAGE
The schoolgirls of St. Trinian’s are more interested in men and mischief than homework and hockey, but even greater trouble beckons with the arrival of two new students. Features Alastair Sim playing dual roles as the headmistress, Miss Millicent Fritton, and her twin brother, Clarence.
After discovering that his favorite comic is being used to send messages between a master criminal and his gang of thieves, teenager Joe Kirby sets out to alert writer Felix Wilkinson (Alastair Sim) and turn the page on the crooks.
Henry Palfrey (Ian Carmichael) tries hard to impress but always loses out to the rotter Delauney (Terry-Thomas). Then he discovers the Lifeman college run by "Professor" Potter (Alastair Sim) and discovers the secrets of success.
Practical joker Henry Russell (Hugh Griffith) leaves 50,000 pounds to his four surviving relatives, including his cousin, retired army officer Deniston Russell (Alastair Sim). There’s just one stipulation – each of them has to undertake a task completely out of character for one month.