Sunday, 2 May 2010

The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery (1966)

The fourth film in the St Trinian's film series, The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery was the first one to be shot in colour. Unfortunately though, while it still has the odd funny moment, it really doesn't match up to the earlier films.

The storyline is about the biggest mail train robbery, masterminded by an unseen "Gaffer" and lead by robber come hairdresser Alfred Askett (Frankie Howerd).  They rob the train, hide their stash, and await the call to go and collect the money.  Trouble is... the money's hidden at what has now become the new home of St Trinian's Girls' Academy.  Alfred enlists his two young daughters - who are perhaps even more corrupt than he is himself - to case the joint be enlisting them at the school.

Even Frankie Howerd can't lift this above the mundane very often, though Dora Bryan gives a great performance as Amber Spottiswood, the school's new headmistress.  The film is also graced, if that's the correct word, by one of the worst title songs in living memory. 

Not a patch on the first two films and not as enjoyable as the 2007 version, though probably infinitely better than Wild Cats of St Trinian's which I haven't had the misfortune of watching.  It has a few fun moments though; if it was to be given a school grade, it would probably be C.

Related Links:

The Pure Hell of St Trinian's (1960)

Blue Murder at St Trinian's (1957)

The Belles of St Trinian's (1954)

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