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Orders Are Orders (1954)

Movie company wants to shoot a science-fiction film using an Army barracks as location, and its soldiers as actors. Of course, the Commander doesn't like it a bit, and persuades the crew to use a nearby haunted house instead.

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Brian Reece ...
Margot Grahame ...
Raymond Huntley ...
Sidney James ...
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Lt. Wilfred Cartroad
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June Thorburn ...
Peter Martyn ...
Lt. John Broke
Maureen Swanson ...
Joanne Delamere
Clive Morton ...
Lt. Gen. Sir Cuthbert Grahame Foxe
Bill Fraser ...
Edward Lexy ...
Capt. Ledger
Michael Trubshawe ...
A.D.C. Lt. MacAllister
Maureen Pryor ...
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Pvt. Waterhouse
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Movie company wants to shoot a science-fiction film using an Army barracks as location, and its soldiers as actors. Of course, the Commander doesn't like it a bit, and persuades the crew to use a nearby haunted house instead.

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The Adjutant salutes 2 women, neither of whom are in uniform, neither are officers, both are in fact civilians. A salute is reserved for Officers, you do NOT salute civilians. See more »

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Remake of Orders Is Orders (1934) See more »

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Prime British cast can't lift this piece above unfunny stagnation.
8 July 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A run of the mill army barracks in Bilchester is overrun by a film company planning to make a Z grade science fiction movie. All seems to being going well as the pretty lady actors have the barracks in a tizzy and get the soldiers to play a part. That is until the Divisional Commander turns up for one of his inspections.

Tho far from being at the top of the cast list, this sub-standard remake of a 1933 film of the same name is of interest to see the names Peter Sellers, Sid James & Tony Hancock in the same movie. However, the truth is is that it's a poor movie that is directed badly by David Paltenghi and the source material really doesn't transfer well to the screen. Based on a play written by Ian Hay in 1932, the makers seems to think that by weaving chaotic scenes with chaotic shouty dialogue that that is going to make for a mirthful movie. It doesn't.

Released to DVD in 2007 as part of a collection called Long Lost Comedy Classics, this is easily the weakest of the set. Other titles in the collection are Miss Robin Hood, John & Julie, Make Me An Offer, The Love Match and the quite brilliant Time Gentlemen Please!. Orders Are Orders smacks of being a "set filler" and exists purely because of the names attached to it (Brian Reece, Margot Grahame & Raymond Huntley also star). 3/10 for Huntley's efforts and James' bizarre American accent


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