Orders Is Orders

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 play of the same name by Ian Hay and Anthony Armstrong.

Orders Is Orders
Directed byWalter Forde
Produced byMichael Balcon
Written byLeslie Arliss
James Gleason
StarringCharlotte Greenwood
James Gleason
Cyril Maude
CinematographyGlen MacWilliams
Edited byDerek Twist
Distributed byGaumont Film Company
Release date
1933 (UK)
4 May 1934 (1934-05-04) (USA)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

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]


  1. "Orders Is Orders (1933)". BFI Film Forever. Retrieved 19 August 2016.. This film was released in the United States in May 1934, which some sources follow.
  2. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0024419/
  3. "Orders Is Orders | BFI | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  4. Hall, Mordaunt (7 May 1934). "Movie Review - Orders Is Orders - THE SCREEN; James Gleason, Cyril Maude, Charlotte Greenwood and Others in a British Pictorial Farce". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 8 April 2014.

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