J. O. C. Orton

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J. O. C. Orton
Born(1889-08-30)30 August 1889 [1]
London, England
DiedMay 1962 (aged 7273)
London, England
Occupation Screenwriter

Captain John Overton Cone Orton MC (30 August 1889 – May 1962) was a British screenwriter.


Early life and military service

Orton was born in St. John's Wood, London in 1889 [2] and lived in Larchmont, New York, USA for a brief period of his childhood. [1] In 1909 he joined the Norfolk Regiment of the British Army. [3] In 1918 Orton was awarded with the Military Cross, and was included in the 1919 Birthday Honours when he was awarded the Air Force Cross. [1]

Film career

He was a head of the story department for Gaumont-British and was known for writing comedy scripts for such stars as Will Hay, Jack Hulbert and Arthur Askey. [4] He also wrote various dramas and directed five movies. His final credit was as co-writer of fellow Gaumont alum Alfred Hitchcock's short war propaganda film Bon Voyage .

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  2. "Lot 733". Dix Noonan Webb . 18 May 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  3. "The London Gazette" (28304). 5 November 1909: 8106. Retrieved 10 November 2021.{{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. "NATIONAL STUDIOS". The Sydney Morning Herald . National Library of Australia. 25 September 1935. p. 7. Retrieved 12 August 2012.