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

35mm film, Eastmancolor, 1.85:1
mono (Westrex Recording System), English

A British comedy film with very borderline science fiction elements directed by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat.

Plot Summary

Hairdresser-cum-bank robber “Alphonse” Askett is briefed by his gang boss via a series of bizarre and improbable hi-tech communications devices. After the robbery they return to the deserted country mansion where they stashed the loot only to find that it's been turned into the new St Trinian's School for Girls.


Directed by: Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat
© Braywild Limited
Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat present
British Lion
Produced by: Leslie Gilliat
Screenplay by: Frank Launder, Ivor Herbert
Original Story by: Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat, Leslie Gilliat
Inspired by the Original Drawings of the Girls and Staff of St. Trinian's by: Ronald Searle
Director of Photography: Kenneth Hodges
Editor: Geoffrey Foot
Music Composed and Conducted by: Malcolm Arnold, Betty Buchel, Philip Buchel
Sound Recordists: Cecil Mason, Bob Jones
Costumes by: Honoria Plesch
Make-up: Philip Leakey
Hairdressing: Gladys Leakey
Art Director: Albert Witherick
Made at: Shepperton Studios

Frankie Howerd (Albert ‘Alphonse' Askett)
Dora Bryan (Amber Spottiswood, headmistress)
George Cole (‘Flash' Harry Hackett)
Reg Varney (Gilbert the Wheel)
Raymond Huntley (Horace, The Minister of Schools)
Richard Wattis (Richard Bassett, Deputy Director of Schools)
Portland Mason (Georgina)
Terry Scott (police sergeant)
Eric Barker (Culpepper Brown)
Godfrey Winn (Professor Truelove)
Colin Gordon (Edward Noakes, the insurance assessor)
Desmond Walter Ellis (Leonard ‘Len the Ledger' Edwards)
Arthur Mullard (Big Jim)
Norman Mitchell (Willy the Jelly-Man)
Cyril Chamberlain (Maxie)
Larry Martyn (Chips)
Leon Thau (Pakistani porter)
Maureen Crombie (Marcia Mary Askett)
Barbara Couper (Mabel Radnage, deputy head)
Elspeth Duxbury (Veronica Bledlow, maths mistress)
Carole Ann Ford (Albertine, French mistress)
Margaret Nolan (Susie Naphill, art mistress)
Maggie McGrath (Magsa O'Riley, games mistress)
Jean St. Clair (Drunken Dolly, music mistress)
Lisa Lee (Miss Brenner)
Peter Gilmore (Butters)
Michael Ripper (the liftman)
George Benson (Gore-Blackwood)
Meredith Edwards (chairman of protest meeting)
Jeremy Clyde (Monty)
Aubrey Morris (Hutch)
William Kendall (Mr Parker)
Edwina Coven (Dr Judd)
Stratford Johns (the voice of the ‘Guvnor')

Alternative Titles

Londinon, i megali listeia tou trainou – Greece
La rapina più scassata del secolo – Italy
Ena trello thiriotrofeio No 2 – Greece (re-release)
Великое ограбление поезда в Сент-Триниан – Russia

Extracts included in
The Unforgettable Frankie Howerd (2000)



  • Film and TV Technician vol.32 no.259 (December 1966) Supplement – credits
  • Kine Weekly no.3049 (10 March 1966) p.10 – credits, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.33 no.387 (April 1966) p.59 – credits, review
  • The Daily Cinema no.9189 (9 March 1966) p.6 – credits, review
  • Variety 16 March 1966 – credits, review

Other sources

  • British National Film Catalogue vol.4 (1966) p.80 – credits