I Only Arsked!

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I Only Arsked!
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Directed by Montgomery Tully
Screenplay by Sid Colin
Jack Davies
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Starring Bernard Bresslaw
Michael Medwin
Alfie Bass
Cinematography Lionel Banes
Edited by James Needs
Alfred Cox
Music by Benjamin Frankel
Distributed by Columbia Pictures Corporation (UK)
Release dates
  • 11 November 1958 (1958-11-11)(London, UK)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

I Only Arsked! is a 1958 British comedy film directed by Montgomery Tully and starring Bernard Bresslaw, Michael Medwin and Alfie Bass. [1] It was based on the television series The Army Game and was made by Hammer Films. [2]



Slapstick ensues when inept army recruits are transferred to a post in the Middle East.


Critical reception

Allmovie wrote, "The level of humour in I Only Arsked! will perhaps best be appreciated by fans of the original series"; [3] while TV Guide noted "An enjoyable British slapstick comedy." [4]

Box Office

According to Kinematograph Weekly the film performed "better than average" at the British box office in 1959. [5]

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