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Orders Are Orders (1954)

| Comedy | 8 May 1955 (UK)
Movie company wants to shoot a science-fiction film using an Army barracks as location, and its soldiers as actors. Of course, the Commander doesn't like it a bit, and persuades the crew to use a nearby haunted house instead.


David Paltenghi


Ian Hay (play), Anthony Armstrong (play) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Reece Brian Reece ... Captain Harper
Margot Grahame ... Wanda Sinclair
Raymond Huntley ... Colonel Bellamy
Sidney James ... Ed Waggermeyer
Tony Hancock ... Lt. Cartroad
Peter Sellers ... Private Goffin
June Thorburn ... Veronica Bellamy
Peter Martyn Peter Martyn ... Lt. Broke
Maureen Swanson ... Joanne Delamere
Clive Morton ... Lt. General Sir Cuthbert Grahame Foxe
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... Private Slee
Edward Lexy ... Capt. Ledger
Michael Trubshawe ... A.D.C.
Maureen Pryor Maureen Pryor ... Miss Marigold
Barry MacKay ... R.S.M. Benson (as Barry McKay)


Movie company wants to shoot a science-fiction film using an Army barracks as location, and its soldiers as actors. Of course, the Commander doesn't like it a bit, and persuades the crew to use a nearby haunted house instead.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Character actor and future horror film icon Donald Pleasence has a small role as one of the soldiers. See more »


Whilst the production company loads their truck near the end, the shot is flipped, as evidenced by the letters and numbers on the license plate. See more »


Remake of Orders Is Orders (1934) See more »

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Prime British cast can't lift this piece above unfunny stagnation.
8 July 2010 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

A run of the mill army barracks in Bilchester is overrun by a film company planning to make a Z grade science fiction movie. All seems to being going well as the pretty lady actors have the barracks in a tizzy and get the soldiers to play a part. That is until the Divisional Commander turns up for one of his inspections.

Tho far from being at the top of the cast list, this sub-standard remake of a 1933 film of the same name is of interest to see the names Peter Sellers, Sid James & Tony Hancock in the same movie. However, the truth is is that it's a poor movie that is directed badly by David Paltenghi and the source material really doesn't transfer well to the screen. Based on a play written by Ian Hay in 1932, the makers seems to think that by weaving chaotic scenes with chaotic shouty dialogue that that is going to make for a mirthful movie. It doesn't.

Released to DVD in 2007 as part of a collection called Long Lost Comedy Classics, this is easily the weakest of the set. Other titles in the collection are Miss Robin Hood, John & Julie, Make Me An Offer, The Love Match and the quite brilliant Time Gentlemen Please!. Orders Are Orders smacks of being a "set filler" and exists purely because of the names attached to it (Brian Reece, Margot Grahame & Raymond Huntley also star). 3/10 for Huntley's efforts and James' bizarre American accent

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