The Pure Hell of St Trinian's

The Pure Hell of St Trinian's

The Pure Hell of St Trinian's
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Directed by Frank Launder
Produced by Frank Launder
Sidney Gilliat
Written by Frank Launder
Sidney Gilliat
Val Valentine
Starring Sid James
Cecil Parker
Joyce Grenfell
George Cole
Eric Barker
Thorley Walters
Music by Malcolm Arnold
Cinematography Gerald Gibbs
Edited by Thelma Connell
Distributed by British Lion Films
  • 1960 (1960)
94 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Pure Hell of St Trinian's was a 1960 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 third in a series of five films.


The girls burn their school to the ground, and subsequently are found guilty at the Greek Islands aboard a luxury yacht.

Canford and Alphonse O'Reilly (Sid James) intend to take the girls to a Middle Eastern harem as wives for a sheik and his many sons. O’Reilly discovers Canford, Gates and Flash Harry hiding under a lifeboat tarpaulin, and without their knowledge sets the boat adrift at sea. All three end up stranded on a deserted island. They arrive at the sheik's palace and the sons try to have their pick. But the kidnapped girls fight back in a madcap climactic brawl when the Fourth Form comes to the rescue. In a final scene the girls, back in Britain, burn down the new school.


Flash Harry", Cecil Parker as Professor Canford, John Le Mesurier as the Minister of Education, Joyce Grenfell as local policewoman Sergeant Ruby Gates, and Lloyd Lamble as Superintendent Kemp-Bird, the reluctant fiancé of Ruby Gates.

Raymond Huntley appeared as the Judge, Cyril Chamberlain as the Army Captain, Sid James as Alphonse O'Reilly (nicknamed 'Wyatt Earp' by the girls), and Irene Handl as headmistress Miss Harker-Packer.

The civil servants of the Ministry of Education were played by Eric Barker as Culpepper-Brown, and Thorley Walters as Butters.

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