Dir: Frank Launder
Starring: Michael Hordern and Sheila Hancock
The schoolgirls form a union and plan to kidnap girls from other more respectable colleges
The Wildcats of St. Trinian’s was the fifth comedy film set in the fictional St Trinian’s School. It poked fun at the British trade union movement which had been responsible for the recent wave of strikes that culminated in the ‘Winter of Discontent’, but it was not a critical success and no further films were produced. This was a shame because the movie was actually rather funny, and it featured a number of good railway scenes alongside a formidable performance by Sheila Hancock. There are two passing shots of HST’s, and scenes filmed at Slough and Windsor & Eton Central stations with white and blue refurbished Class 117 DMU’s. Windsor & Eton Central has been renamed ‘Embernage’ and Slough plays the part of ‘Victoria’. If you look really carefully in the background of one of the Slough scenes, a freight train can just be seen passing on its way towards London. There is a final scene filmed at the ‘real’ London Victoria with 4 EPB and Class 411 4 CEP EMUs visible in an aerial shot of the platforms. Of the four other St. Trinian’s films, three in the form of The Belles of St Trinian’s (1954), Blue Murder at St Trinian’s (1957) and The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery (1966) all feature railway content (all qv), the odd one out being The Pure Hell of St Trinian’s (1960). The 2007 release St. Trinian’s was considered a rebooting of the franchise and not a direct sequel yet its sequel, St. Trinian’s 2 The Legend of Fritton’s Gold also features a train!!