School for Randle

School for Randle is a 1949 British comedy film directed by John E. Blakeley and starring Frank Randle, Dan Young and Alec Pleon.[1] The screenplay concerns a school caretaker who turns out to be the father of one of the pupils. When she runs away from home to pursue a career on the stage, he goes to persuade her to come back to school. The title is a reference to the Richard Brinsley Sheridan play The School for Scandal. It was made at the Manchester Studios, and was one of a string of cheaply made, but commercially successful films starring Randle during the era.[2]

School for Randle
"School for Randle" (1949).jpg
Directed byJohn E. Blakeley
Produced byJohn E. Blakeley
Written byHarry Jackson
Frank Randle
John E. Blakeley
StarringFrank Randle
Dan Young
Alec Pleon
Terry Randall
Music byFred Harris
CinematographyErnest Palmer
Edited byDorothy Stimson
Distributed byMancunian Films
Release date
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Former Music-Hall act 'Flatfoot' Mason (Frank Randle) is caretaker at a school where one of the pupils, and unbeknownst to her, is his daughter, Betty (Terry Randall); who was put up for adoption when his wife died. She is now a teenager and this causes concern, as the staff feel 'Flatfoot' is being over attentive to her. Told to pay her less attention, 'Flatfoot' reluctantly obeys, but Betty thinks he's rejecting her and decides to run away to make her name in show-business. Along with fellow caretakers (Dan Young and Alec Pleon), 'Flatfoot' tracks her down to a seedy cabaret club. In disguise as a Chinese acrobatic troupe, "The Three Who Flungs", 'Flatfoot' and friends attempt to persuade Betty to come home.



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  2. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Blakeley, John E. (1888-1958) Biography".

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