The Belles of St Trinian's
is a comedy film
set in the fictional St Trinian's School
, released in 1954. It and its sequels were inspired by British cartoonist Ronald Searle
. Directed by Frank Launder
and written by him and Sidney Gilliat
, it was the first of a series of five.
A new term
opens at 'St Trinian's School for Young Ladies', striking terror into the local residents and even the police. The school is heavily in debt and the teachers haven't been paid for months, but they stay on as no other school would touch them.
The headmistress attempts to relieve an Arab sultan
's daughter of her one hundred pounds 'pocket money' in order to 'invest' it and clear the school's debts. The police plant an undercover officer as a games mistress, who is appalled by what she finds; including gin
manufacture in the chemistry laboratory
The girls became embroiled in a plot with the Arab princess and her father's racehorse to gamble on the upcoming "Gold Cup" horse race
. The Fourth Formers want the horse to win, but the Sixth Formers want to keep it from racing so that another racehorse can win.
The headmistress bets on the horse to save her beloved school. The situation pits the Sixth Form and Fourth Form against each other in a mêlée
involving former pupils. The horse wins and the headmistress gets the school out of debt, reclaiming the sports trophies, which had been pawned.
The girls also seduce the Ministry of Education
inspectors sent to investigate the......