Film Appearances

Hancock made just five film appearances in his career. The first as a supporting player, the next 2 as a star and the final 2 as a guest artist.

The films are listed below.

Orders Are Orders 1954

Hancock appeared in this film as a supporting player and played the role of Bandmaster.  The film is loosely based on a play from 1932.

The barracks at Bilchester are taken over by Waggermeyer Pictures in order to make a science fiction film.  The female stars of the film persuade the entire barracks to take part but the Divisional Commander makes a surprise inspection and is not impressed! In the end he persuades the film company to finish the film in a nearby haunted house.

Main cast comprised Margot Grahame, Maureen Swanson, June Thorburn, Raymond Huntley, Bill Fraser, Peter Sellers, Brian Reece, Sid James and Tony Hancock.

Director: David Paltenghi; Producer: Donald Taylor

Screenplay by Donald Taylor and Geoffrey Orme based on the play by Ian Hay and Anthony Armstrong.

Length: 78 Minutes

This film has been released on video and DVD.  Please see the Video and DVD releases pages for more information.

Filming location stills can be seen on the website Reel Streets.


The Rebel 1960

Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, this was Hancock's first star appearance in a film.

Hancock is bored with his work routine and in his Landlady's lack of understanding of his painting and, more especially, his sculpting.  After a disagreement with his boss, he leaves his job and moves to Paris where he is accepted by the local artistic set.  He shares a room with Paul who is a genuinely good painter, but when Hancock's paintings are praised by the local artistic set, Paul returns to London.

Subsequently, Paul's paintings are mistakenly attibuted to Hancock by an art critic and Hancock finds himself declared as a great painter and is commissioned to produce a statue of a rich patron's wife.

When Hancock reproduces the terrible sculpture that he had produced in London, it is not received well!  Meantime, the art critic tells Hancock that he has secured a new exhibition for him in London but Hancock has no paintings to fill the exhibition.

Desperate, he asks Paul if he has continued to paint since his return to London and arranges for Paul's new paintings to be used for the exhibition. Hancock is shocked to discover that Paul has started to paint in Hancock's childish style but the paintings are once again acclaimed.

Hancock tells the art critic that Paul is the real painter and returns to his Landlady and starts sculplting again with his Landlady as a model

This film effectively sees the Hancock BBC TV character re-created for the big screen.  Ray and Alan went on to write a follow-up film script for Hancock, also based on his TV character, called The Day Off.  This script was rejected by Hancock as not 'international enough' and he parted company with Ray and Alan at this point. His follow-up film (detailed below) was The Punch & Judy Man, but this really didn't have the international flavour that Hancock so desired.

Main Cast comprised: Tony Hancock, George Sanders, Paul Massie, Margit Saad, Gregoire Aslan, Dennis Price, Irene Handl, Mervyn Johns, Peter Bull, John Le Mesurier, Liz Fraser. Mario Fabrizi, Nanette Newman, Marie Burke, Marie Devereux and John Wood.

Director: Robert Day; Producer: W. A. Whittaker

Screenplay by Alan Simpson and Ray Galton from a story by Ray, Alan and Tony Hancock.

Length: 105 minutes

This film has been released on Video and DVD.  Please see the Video and DVD Releases pages for more information. The script was also novelised and has been released as a book. The theme music was released as a vinyl single.

Filming location stills can be seen on the website Reel Streets.











In the USA, the film was released under the title 'Call Me Genius' and examples of the US posters are above and opposite.





The Punch and Judy Man 1962

Written by Philip Oakes and Tony Hancock this was Hancock's second film in a starring role.

Made in black and white the film is the story of Wally Pinner (the Punch & Judy Man) and his friends who are snubbed by important members of local society, most notably in the Council.  However, his wife Deliah (Sylvia Sims) has social aspirations and when the Council plans an official reception for the local dignitary Lady Jane Caterham after she has switched on the local illuminations, she persuades Wally to give a Punch & Judy performance at the reception after the Mayoress (unknown to the Mayor) has invited him.

Unfortunately, the reception ends up in a fight involving most of the guests and with it Deliah's chance of climbing the social ladder gone.  After the reception Wally and Deliah finally come to a better understanding of each other.

Main cast comprised: Tony Hancock, Sylvia Sims, Ronald Fraser, Barbara Murray, John Le Mesurier, Hugh Lloyd, Mario Fabrizi, Pauline Jameson, Norman Bird, Peter Vaughan, John Dunbar, Brian Bedford, Peter Myers, Eddie Byrne, Russell Waters, Kevin Brennan and Nicholas Webb.

Director: Jeremy Summers

Producer: Gordon L.T. Scott

Screenplay by Philip Oakes and Tony Hancock

Length: 96 minutes

This film has been released on Video and DVD.  Please see the Video and DVD Releases pages for more information.

The Tony Hancock Appreciation Society has a complete set of Production Stills in the archives and these can be viewed here

Also filming location stills can be seen on the website Reel Streets

Bognor Regis Carnival 1962

On the BFI website is a film of the 1962 carnival in Bognor Regis which includes Tony Hancock.

The BFI website describes the film as follows: Organised by the Lions Club the 1962 Carnival in Bognor Regis attracted many famous faces, including Tony Hancock, who crowns the Carnival Queen, John Le Mesurier, Mario Fabrizi, future Dr Who, Jon Pertwee, Ferdy Mayne and many more. But the real star is the town itself which puts on a festive face for the duration of the Carnival season - with crazy competitions and wacky races, a helicopter rescue, a parade of floats, pipe bands, Morris dancers and a funfair with firework.

The first 3-4 minutes of the film, which is obviously a Super 8 amateur recording from the time, record a dinner dance in which the Carnival Queen is crowned by Tony. It’s during this section that you can see Tony, John and Mario. For those that are interested, at about 17 minutes in, there is the brief footage of Jon Pertwee.

The film can be found here.

Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines 1965

Tony Hancock plays the very small part of Harry Popperwell (one of the pilots) in this film which is set in 1910 and is the story of a London to Paris air race, with the winner to receive £10,000 sponsored by the Daily Post.  The film is based on a screen play entitled Flying Crazy.

Main cast comprised: Sarah Miles, James Fox, Stuart Whitman, Alberto Sordi, Robert Morley, Gert Frobe, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Irina Demich, Eric Sykes, Terry Thomas, Benny Hill, Yujiro Ishihara, Flra Robson, Karl Michael Vogler, Sam Wanamaker, Norman Rossington, William Rushton, Fred Emney, Red Skelton, Eric Barker, John Le Mesurier and Graham Stark.

Directed by Ken Annakin

Produced by Stan Margulies

Screenplay by Jack Davies and Ken Annakin.

Length 132 minutes

This film has been released on Video and DVD.  Please see the Video and DVD Releases pages for more information. The soundtrack has also been released on LP, vinyl singles and CD.

The Wrong Box 1966

This film is about a group of brothers who are beneficiaries of a tontine and each sets out to esnure that they are the sole survivor who inherits under the tontine.  Tony Hancock appears at the very end of the film as the detective who attempts to unravel the plot.  Once again, this was a very small part.

Main cast comprised Ralph Richardson, John Mills, Michael Caine, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Nanette Newman, Peter Sellers, Wilfrid Lawson, Thorley Walters, Cicely Courtneidge, Irene Hadl, John Le Mesurier, The Temperance Seven, Norman Rossington, James Villiers, Graham Stark, Valentine Dyall and Tottie Truman Taylor.

Directed and Produced by Bryan Forbes

Screeplay by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne.

Length 110 minutes

This film has been released on Video and DVD.  Please see the Video and DVD Releases pages for more information. The soundtrack has also been released on LP and CD.

Filming location stills can be seen on the website Reel Streets

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