Orders Are Orders
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Paltenghi
Written byGeoffrey Orme
Donald Taylor
Eric Sykes (additional dialogue)
Based onOrders Are Orders by Anthony Armstrong and Ian Hay
Produced byDonald Taylor
StarringBrian Reece
Peter Sellers
Tony Hancock
Sid James
CinematographyArthur Grant
Edited byJoseph Sterling
Music byStanley Black
Distributed byBritish Lion Film Corporation (UK)
Distributors Corporation of America (US)
Release date
  • 8 May 1955 (1955-05-08)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£84,148 (UK)[1]

Orders Are Orders is a 1955 British comedy film directed by David Paltenghi, and featuring Brian Reece, Peter Sellers, Sid James, Tony Hancock, Raymond Huntley, and Bill Fraser. Eric Sykes contributed to the script and appears in a minor role.[2] It was a remake of the film Orders Is Orders (1933), itself based on the play Orders Are Orders by Ian Hay and Anthony Armstrong.


A film production company decides to make a new space adventure film close to 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.


Media releases

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

Critical reception

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]


  1. ^ Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p506
  2. ^ "Orders Are Orders". British Film Institute Collections Search. Retrieved 11 January 2024.
  3. ^ "David Lodge". The Independent. 23 October 2003. Retrieved 2 October 2023.
  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 8 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Orders Are Orders Trailer, Reviews and Schedule for Orders Are Orders |". TV Guide. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Orders Are Orders | review, synopsis, book tickets, showtimes, movie release date |". Time Out London. Retrieved 8 April 2014.