|Directed by||Jack Raymond|
|Written by||Colin Morris|
|Based on||the play Reluctant Heroes by Colin Morris|
|Produced by||Henry Halstead (as Henry Halsted)|
|Edited by||Helen Wiggins|
|Music by||Tony Lowry|
Henry Halstead Productions (as Byron Films)
|Distributed by||Associated British-Pathé (UK)|
Reluctant Heroes is a 1951 British comedy filmed in Technicolor. It is based on the farce by Colin Morris. Directed by Jack Raymond, it stars Ronald Shiner as Sergeant Bell.   It was produced by Henry Halsted and Byron Film. The play, which had premiered at the Whitehall Theatre the previous year, was the first of the Brian Rix company's Whitehall farces. 
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Brian Rix asserts in his autobiography that it was the UK's top box office film of the year. 
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