Fun at St Fanny's (1955) torrent download

Fun at St Fanny's

1955

Comedy

4.8

Synopsis

25 year old Cardew is still at school, run by a large headmaster Who lives and bets off the income that comes from Cardew s uncle will. Of course, the headmaster and the matron don't let Cardew leave school.

Director

Maurice Elvey

Cast

Fred Emney
as DR. Septimus Jankers
Vera Day
as Maisie
Cardew Robinson
as Cardew the Cad
Freddie Mills
as Harry the Scar

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Spondonman 7 /10

Life On Mars

I'd been hoping for a good few decades to be able to see this one, finally catching it on UK Sky TV recently - was it worth the wait? A thousand times no! But it's still an interesting film in many ways.

The Headmaster (portly Fred Emney) of rundown British boys' boarding school St. Fanny's has the idea of bribing rich pupil (receding 38 yo Cardew The Cad Robinson) with the aim of saving school from ruin. Sharps and crooks farce it out with masters and pupils – and Cardew must be one of the least caddish characters here. St. Fanny's is played either as Narkover or the Chiselbury of Jimmy Edwards rather than the Greyfriars of Billy Bunter – even though one of the louder pupils is played by TV's Billy Bunter Gerald Campion and his form master Quelch (Kynaston Reeves) is also in here. And Emney wears a check waistcoat reminiscent of Billy Bunter's check trousers in the Knockout comic. The film condition is a surprisingly fine sharp black & white, but the film quality is unsurprisingly unrelentingly slapstick, unswervingly cheap and unwittingly seedy in places. Ever enthusiastic Cardew seemed much too happy to bend over for a caning, even showing a lady what would be required. Maybe it just needed the well-nuanced Jimmy Edwards or Brian Rix to carry it off – I didn't like Emney playing Just William's dad either, although I'd be the first to admit he was a unique larger than life character. Claude Hulbert's penultimate film, while young Ronnie Corbett makes an early appearance.

Unfortunately my trusty rose tinted specs in this case are just not strong enough: I suspect unsuspecting people under 40 who come across this by mistake won't understand anything in it at all. But for those of us who can remember a simpler world it's got some non-heavy broad and flat olde British humour, a few nice hoary schoolboy jokes and is a fairly enjoyable time-passer especially if you flick your brain onto standby. If you don't and you're not a masochist then good luck as you're going to have to kiss these 80 minutes goodbye forever!

Reviewed by mikelang42 N/A

A cast to die for in old time comedy Brit film.

I am an Old Time Variety writer,see cine variety on google and may be biased,but to answer Malcolm on this site who does not understand the BFI reasons for making a new fantastic print of this rarely seen UK 50s comedy is very simple.The list of comics to be seen,some of whom can't be seen to their advantage due to films lost and who's TV shows were binned by the BBC and ITV. Cardew Robinson (looking like The X Factor's Johnny Robinson)as Cardew the Cad (Radio show Variety Bandbox) in his only major film role,Fred Emney,Davy Kaye,Claude Hulbert, Stanley Unwin,Peter Butterworth,Gerald Campion,Ronnie Corbett,Melvin Hayes, plus UK Boxer Freddie Mills and 50s pop king Johnny Brandon backed by Francis Langford's Singing Scholars and the lovely Vera Day. So what if the jokes grate and the first half sags, but the second half picks up with the school concert and some good songs. The film was shown for the first time on UK TV by Sky Arts. Thank you to them and the BFI for their work. Loved by this old codger.

Reviewed by robert-temple-1 5 /10

Comic anarchy

This anarchic comedy about a boys' school is a straightforward imitation of THE BELLES OF ST. TRINIANS (1954) of two years earlier, which was an anarchic comedy about a girls' school. Seasoned veteran Maurice Elvey directed this, with an insouciant lack of concern as to quality, as the whole project was clearly just a lark. The dialogue is riddled throughout with casual jokes based on puns, such as: 'What are the inhabitants of Malta called? Maltesers.' (For those non-British film lovers, who are not familiar with Maltesers, they are little soft balls of chocolate and malt (a roughly spherical malt honeycomb centre coated in milk chocolate, to be precise). They were first created in 1936 and have been wildly popular in Britain, and apparently Denmark, since that time. Whether this proves that many Brits are descended from Danish Vikings from the time of King Cnut is another matter. After all, Brits and Danes also both like beer, and that has malt in it too. And the Brits eat what they call 'Danish pastries', so I think that just about wraps it up. Also, the Brits have been known to watch BORGEN. What more proof is required? Actually, I have forgotten what it was that I was supposed to be proving.) The main actor in this film is the elderly Fred Emney, who plays a highly eccentric, bumbling and very fat headmaster. The wonderful Stanley Unwin, who talked nonsense better than anyone in history apart from Tony Blair, only has a bit part, alas, as I can never hear enough of his superb nonsense, though I heard enough of Blair's to make me sick many times. Ronnie Corbett appears as a schoolboy, which despite the fact that he was already 26, he could get away with because of his diminutive size. Vera Day is the platinum blonde cutie who brings lots of laughs, along with her curvaceous charms, to the story and pretends to 'a dumb blonde', which was the fashion back then in films. The comedy in this film is uproarious farce, with no pretence whatever at subtlety, and one ridiculous situation after another in rapid succession. However, all the humour is very, very British. And these days, with millions of immigrants living in Britain who do not share the traditional British sense of humour in any way, and whose grasp of the language is often insufficient for them to know a pun when they hear one, this kind of film is not really made anymore. It is thus a quaint and jovial relic of bygone days. My wife and I laughed a lot, which perhaps means that we are simpletons. But we think that anything as silly as this film cannot be treated as anything than what it is, an excuse for bad jokes, outrageous pratfalls, broad over-acting, ridiculous situations, and hence a lot of good old English fun. P.S. Oh yes, it is also very corny, so much so that that in itself is yet another joke.

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