Orders Is Orders

  • 1933
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

A funny satire on Hollywood filmmaking, adapted from a series of plays about the military. A Yank director, Gleason, is using a British army barracks and its soldiers for a Foreign Legion film. A lot of the comedy comes from the filmmaking process and Gleason's inept efforts to get the film shot and in the can. Hardwicke plays a brigadier who tells Gleason...read more

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A funny satire on Hollywood filmmaking, adapted from a series of plays about the military. A Yank director, Gleason, is using a British army barracks and its soldiers for a Foreign Legion film. A lot of the comedy comes from the filmmaking process and Gleason's inept efforts to get the film

shot and in the can. Hardwicke plays a brigadier who tells Gleason his portrayal of the military is not correct. Gleason continually answers, "You know, and I know, but they don't know in Kansas City." Gleason not only wants the barracks and soldiers at his disposal, but the whole British army as

well; what no one knows is that the American director does not have permission to use the British soldiers. Greenwood is Gleason's assistant, who dresses exactly as the director does, Maude plays the British colonel, and Carr is his daughter. The satire keeps falling into farce, but it is still

funny. The film was remade in 1954 with a more grammatically correct title, ORDERS ARE ORDERS.

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