Orders Is Orders

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Orders Is Orders
Directed by Walter Forde
Written by Leslie Arliss
James Gleason
Based on Orders Are Orders
by Ian Hay and Anthony Armstrong
Produced by Michael Balcon
Starring Charlotte Greenwood
James Gleason
Cyril Maude
Cinematography Glen MacWilliams
Edited by Derek Twist
Music by Louis Levy
Distributed by Ideal Films
Release dates
1933 (UK)
4 May 1934 (1934-05-04) (USA)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Orders Is Orders is a 1933 British comedy film [1] starring Charlotte Greenwood, James Gleason and Cyril Maude about an American film crew who move into a British army barracks to start making a film, much to the commander's horror. Much of the film concerns the interaction between the American crew and the British officers. [2] [3] It is based upon the 1932 play Orders Are Orders by Ian Hay and Anthony Armstrong. It was shot at the Lime Grove Studios in London with sets designed by the art director Alfred Junge.


It was remade in 1954 as Orders Are Orders starring Peter Sellers, Sid James and Tony Hancock.


Critical reception

In The New York Times , Mordaunt Hall called the film, "a tepid farce...It is an adaptation of a minor stage work written by Ian Hay and Anthony Armstrong, and the wonder is that the producers, Gaumont-British, thought it worthy of such an excellent company of players. On the credit side of this piece of buffoonery and punning there are the interesting glimpses in a military barracks, splendid photography and sound recording and good-natured work by the cast." [4]

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  2. "Orders is Orders". IMDb . 18 July 1933.
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