Independent film studio Film Movement will resurrect a classic big screen British comedy on Blu-ray this month.
The company is scheduled to re-issue The Belles of St. Trinians Feb. 23 in partnership with Studiocanal. Starring Alastair Sim (A Christmas Carol, School for Scoundrels, — which itself was the inspiration behind the comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels — An Inspector Calls), the movie follows Sim as Clarence Fritton. Fritton becomes Millicent Fritton, headmistress of the movie’s title school for girls as he tries to evade police searching for the bookie.
Fritton is trying to evade them as he tries to keep track of a horse named Arab Boy, which is scheduled to appear in an upcoming race in the Gold Cup. The horse just happens to be owned by one of the school’s students, Princess Fatima of Makyad (Lorna Henderson — The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Kipps, The Vise), who is herself the target of a kidnapping plot thought up by Fritton’s daughter Arabella (Vivienne Martin — Two Way Stretch, As Time Goes By, Pride and Prejudice). Making things even more interesting is that police, in their search for the elder Fritton, have placed one of their own P.W. Sgt. Ruby Gates (Joyce Grenfell — Stage Fright, The Happiest Days of Your Life, The Americanization of Emily) to track down Fritton.
Adding to the enjoyment for audiences will be bonus interviews with various figures, such as Sim’s daughter Merlith McKendrick, film historian Geoff Brown, and Dr. Melanie Williams, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, UEA. The full list of interviewees is noted below.
- “The Girls of St. Trinian’s featurette
- Interview with film historian Geoff Brown
- Interview with Dr. Melanie Williams, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, UEA
- Interview with Alastair Sim’s daughter, Merlith McKendrick
- Interview with Steve Chibnall, Professor of British Cinema, De Montfort University
The Belles of St.Trinian’s runs 91 minute. The movie was co-written by Frank Launder Sidney Gilliat, and Val Valentine, and directed by Launder. A trailer for the movie is streaming here
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