Orders Are Orders

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Orders Are Orders
"Orders are Orders" (1954).jpg
Directed by David Paltenghi
Produced by Donald Taylor
Written by Geoffrey Orme
Donald Taylor
Eric Sykes (additional dialogue)
Based on A play by Anthony Armstrong and Ian Hay
Starring Peter Sellers
Tony Hancock
Sid James
Music by Stanley Black
Cinematography Arthur Grant
Distributed by British Lion Film Corporation (UK)
Distributors Corporation of America (US)
Release date
  • October 1954 (1954-10)
Running time
78 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £84,148 (UK)[1]

Orders Are Orders is a 1954 British comedy film directed by David Paltenghi, and featuring Peter Sellers, Sid James, Tony Hancock, Raymond Huntley, Brian Reece and Bill Fraser. Eric Sykes contributed to the script and appears in a minor role.[2] It was a remake of the 1933 film Orders Is Orders.[3]

Plot[edit]

A film production company decides to make a new science fiction film in an army barracks, using the soldiers as extras. This does not go down well with the commanding officer, who attempts to make life as difficult as possible for the film crew.

Cast[edit]

Media releases[edit]

The film was released on region two DVD in 2007.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

  • TV Guide wrote, "except for a couple of decent comic performances, the good cast, including both Peter Sellers and Donald Pleasence in early roles, are wasted by the film's haphazard construction."[5]
  • Time Out wrote, "just about worth suffering to see Tony Hancock in his film debut as the harassed bandmaster."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p506
  2. ^ "Orders Are Orders | BFI | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  3. ^ Orders Are Orders at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ "Comedy Classics - Orders are Orders [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Peter Sellers, Sid James, Tony Hancock, David Paltenghi: DVD & Blu-ray". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  5. ^ "Orders Are Orders Trailer, Reviews and Schedule for Orders Are Orders |". TV Guide. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  6. ^ "Orders Are Orders | review, synopsis, book tickets, showtimes, movie release date |". Time Out London. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 

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