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The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's (1960)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 22 December 1960 (UK)
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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Frank Launder
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cecil Parker ... Professor Canford
George Cole ... 'Flash' Harry Cuthbert Edwards
Joyce Grenfell ... Sergeant Ruby Gates
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... Culpepper-Brown
Thorley Walters ... Butters
Irene Handl ... Miss Harker-Parker
Dennis Price ... Gore Blackwood
Sidney James ... Alphonse O'Reilly
Julie Alexander Julie Alexander ... Rosalie Dawn
Lloyd Lamble ... Superintendent Samuel Kemp-Bird
Raymond Huntley ... Judge
Nicholas Phipps ... Major
Lisa Lee Lisa Lee ... Miss Brenner
John Le Mesurier ... Minister of Education
George Benson George Benson ... Defence Counsel
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When the school burns to the ground there's clearly been some arson around. The pupils are found guilty and the judge hands them into the care of a pretty dubious child psychiatrist. The sixth form are soon kidnapped and on their way to Arabia with the Ministry of Education, Barchester police, and an Army Bath Unit after them. But real rescue is at hand in the shape of Britain's finest fighting force - St. Trinian's fourth form. Written by J-26

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Thorley Walters would go on to get a sort of promotion in The Wildcats of St. Trinian's (1980) where he plays Butters superior, Culpepper-Brown. See more »

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At the end of the film the church used as the exterior is clearly not the same one used for the interior. See more »

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The end credits include one for 'Camels by Abdullah'. See more »

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Followed by St Trinian's 3: Battle of the Sexes See more »

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Not so hot.
22 September 2003 | by david-697See all my reviews

The Pure Hell Of St Trinian's, the third movie in the series, never approaches the comic heights of the first two. Part of this is down to the absence of Alistair Sim, but also it is due to a script that switches the emphasis largely away from the school and places it more on the men from the Ministry Of Education. For long stretches you can hardly spot a schoolgirl, while the movie lacks a strong comic climax.

You can also see a lack of inspiration at work here, as the Grenfell-Parker `romance' is more or less a replay of (the better handled) relationship with Terry-Thomas in the previous movie, while the whole 'desert island' business seems designed to fill up the movie's running-time.

If it's not as fun as `Belles' or `Blue Murder', `Pure Hell' does have its good points. Cecil Parker's down-at-heel headmaster is a major asset to the movie, while it's nice to see the likes of Sid James, Denis Price and Liz Frazer make an appearance.

The comic high-points come early in the movie, with Raymond Huntley stealing the movie as a Judge distracted by the charms of a leggy Sixth-Former, while later the 'striptease' Hamlet provides the film's most memorable moment. Irene Handle is also on top form as a more than slightly batty teacher.

It's not the best of the series by a long way, but forty or so years on it is still worth watching.


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