Thursday, 29 April 2010

Blue Murder at St Trinian's (1957)

The girls are back - well, different girls - as St Trinian's threatens international relations.  Flash Harry is busy setting up the "St Trinian's Marriage Bureau", with an Italian prince highly interested in... well, all the girls really.  There's a snag though - he wants to meet them before the school term finishes.  The only way this can happen is for St Trinian's to win a competition run by UNESCO which they surely havne't got a hope in hell of doing... or have they?

Meanwhile one of the girl's father has just pulled a diamond robery and gone to the school to hide, only to end up having to disguise himself as the new headmistress.  Miss Fritton is behind bars, and the army are currently trying to keep the school in order - and failing, of course.

There's a lot going on in Blue Murder at St Trinian's, which in some ways eclipses The Belles of St Trinian's though you do feel sometimes that they're simply trying to cram too much into it.  With Alastair Sims only making a fleeting appearance, George Cole takes centre stage along with Joyce Grenfell and Terry Thomas - all of whom have some very funny scenes.  The girls are funny most of the time and there's some great support by Richard Wattis as Manton Bassett, the hapless civil servant who thinks he's got rid of his associations with the school but ends up with them again; Michael Ripper is very funny as Eric, the lift man at the ministry who's forced to take charge of the girls' foreign trip; Terry Scott has a short but memorable role as a police officer.

It's frequently funny and while it lags in a couple of places, the performances make up for that. To be honest I can't really make up my mind whether I liked it more or less than the first film... but as I liked both, that doesn't particularly matter!

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