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Belles of St Trinian’s, The

From the chimes of Big Ben over the London Films sig at the beginning, to the closing notes of the barrel organ theme music over the Ronald Searle credits at the end, this Launder/Gilliat masterpiece is simply the perfect British comedy film. From Alistair Sim’s dual role as Millicent/Clarence Fritton, through Joyce Grenfell’s career best as Chloe ‘copper’s nark in skirts’ Crawley, to George Cole’s Flash Harry and the staff room collective including Hermione Badderley, Renee Houston and Beryl Reid every performance is a sketch of greatness. Ealing? They did great work but they never got as good as this.

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