Adelphi Collection: Fun at St. Fannys DVD


Schoolboy howlers abound in this unforgettably odd vintage classroom comedy caper, starring radio favourite Cardew The Cad Robinson and a host of familiar British film and television faces. Gormless 25 year-old Cardew, wealthy beneficiary of the Robinson Will, should have left St. Fanny's School many years ago. However, seedy headmaster Dr. Jankers (music hall favourite Fred Emney) is in the toils of shady bookmaker Harry the Scar (boxer Freddie Mills) and has so-far kept his golden goose perched firmly at the bottom of the class. Blissfully unaware of nefarious intrigue... around him, Cardew continues to flirt coyly with the French mistress and gamble for school dinners on the form room roulette wheel. But canny Scots solicitor McTavish has been sent to investigate...Featuring television's Billy Bunter, Gerald Campion, gorgeous Vera Day, Will Hay cohort Claude Hulbert, muddle-mouthed Stanley Unwin, a young Ronnie Corbett, and enough old jokes to fill a Christmas Cracker factory. [show more]

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22 August 2011
BFI Video 
77 minutes 
Anamorphic, Dolby, HiFi Sound, PAL 
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1950s British comedy set in a boys' school facing closure. Cardew the Cad (Cardew Robinson) is a wealthy mature student who has yet to graduate. With the school in trouble, Cardew finds himself facing bribery at the hands of scheming headmaster Dr. Septimus Jankers (Fred Emney) and his accomplice, Harry the Scar (Freddie Mills).

Droll British farceur Fred Emney is the star of FUN AT ST. FANNY'S. Emney plays Dr. Septimus Jankers, headmaster of an exclusive boy's college. When the insititution is threatened with a shutdown instigated by its creditors, Dr. Jankers decides to 'shake down' a wealthy, middle-aged student threatening to withhold that worthy's long-overdue student accreditation. The overaged 'schoolboy' is played by music hall-TV comedian Cardew Robinson, who in 1956 was at the height of his popularity--so much so that he plays 'himself'. FUN AT ST. FANNY'S is chock full of the sort of healthily vulgar humour indigenous to the British stage of the 1940s and 1950s; even the title is a cheeky double-entendre.