Sir or Madam

Sir or Madam (German: Ossi hat die Hosen an) is a 1928 British-German silent comedy film directed by Carl Boese and starring Margot Armand, Percy Marmont and Ossi Oswalda. It was based on the 1923 novel Sir or Madame by Berta Ruck and shot at Elstree Studios near London. The film was a co-production between Germany and Britain, with separate versions released in the countries. In Britain it was not released until February 1930.[2]

Sir or Madam
Directed byCarl Boese
Produced byCarl Boese
Written byBerta Ruck (novel)
Luise Heilborn-Körbitz
StarringMargot Armand
Percy Marmont
Ossi Oswalda
Annette Benson
Music byHansheinrich Dransmann
CinematographyKarl Buhlmann
Hans Karl Gottschalk
Karl Hasselmann
Foremost Productions
Carl Boese-Film
Distributed byWarner Brothers (UK)
National Film (Germany)
Release date
1928 (Germany)
February 1930 (UK)
Running time
6,421 feet[1]
CountryGermany/United Kingdom
English/German intertitles


A woman disguises herself as a man, and poses as a gentleman's valet. She then has to resist the advances of his vampish fiancee.[3]



  1. Low p.386
  2. Low p.386
  3. British Film Institute. "Sir or Madam | BFI | British Film Institute". Retrieved 15 January 2013.


  • Low, Rachael. History of the British Film: Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.
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