British screenwriter J.O.C. Orton started out circa 1933. A comedy specialist, Orton wrote for such favorites as Jack Hulbert and Will Hay. He became a principal writer for popular radio/music-hall comedian Arthur Askey, collaborating on several of Askey's best films, including Band Waggon (1939), Charley's Big-Hearted Aunt (1940), and The Ghost Train (1941). In films until 1944, J.O.C. Orton's best-known wartime effort was the seriocomic Cottage to Let (1941).