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May 1952 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Mickey Rooney ... Mike Donnelly
Anne James ... Lt. Coleen Rafferty
Sammy White ... Joey Kirby
John Archer ... Maj. Paul Whiteside

Gordon Jones ... Sgt. Crockett
Wally Cassell ... Tony Baccigalupi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bradley ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Barry Brooks ... Blood Doctor (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... George - Headwaiter (uncredited)
Rosalee Calvert ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Paul Campbell ... Corporal (uncredited)
Toni Carroll ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Sue Casey ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Maitre D' (uncredited)
Jean Corbett ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ... Boatman on Lake (uncredited)
Al Eben ... Hymie (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Army Doctor (uncredited)
Helen Ford ... Mrs. Rafferty (uncredited)
James Garwood ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Mary Lou Geer ... Evelyn Ames (uncredited)
Don Hayden ... Corpsman Giving Inoculations (uncredited)
Joanne Jordan ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Johnny Kascier ... Father (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Bar Patron / Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Harry Lauter ... Laughing Corporal (uncredited)
Robert Lowell ... Guard (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Army X-Ray Technician (uncredited)

Paul Marion ... Range Officer (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Fred - Captain of Waiters (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Army Officer at Barracks Inspection (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... 'Red'. Military Policeman (uncredited)
Diana Mumby ... Showgirl (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)

John Pickard ... Corporal at Induction Center (uncredited)
Joe Recht ... Technician (uncredited)

Marshall Reed ... Capt. Fred Karger (uncredited)
Joy Rogers ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Mike's Barber (uncredited)

Joan Shawlee ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Emil Sitka ... Waiter (uncredited)
Billy Snyder ... Entertainer (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Barney Fisher (uncredited)

Tony Taylor ... Little Boy in Park (uncredited)
Peter Virgo ... Jail Guard (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ... Billy's Mother (uncredited)
Max Willenz ... Chef (uncredited)
Pat Williams ... Vonnie Vanderveer (uncredited)
Joy Windsor ... Crockett's Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Quine 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Blake Edwards 
Richard Quine 

Produced by
Jonie Taps .... producer
Cinematography by
Ellis W. Carter 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
Art Direction by
Carl Anderson 
Camera and Electrical Department
Emil Oster .... camera operator
Music Department
George Duning .... composer: additional music
Fred Karger .... music supervisor
Paul Mertz .... music supervisor
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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83 min
Color (Supercinecolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Almost, but not quite, 24 September 2008
Author: lzf0 from United States

"Sound Off" was Richard Quine's third major feature effort and his first encounter as a director with Mickey Rooney. It was also his first writing partnership with Blake Edwards. What sounded like a sure fire idea, cocky entertainer Rooney being drafted, should have been uproariously funny. It's been done before by most of the classic film comedians, and Rooney's over the top activities are well suited to this premise. When Rooney is permitted to go wild and do his stuff, like in the non-Hardy pictures with Judy Garland, the MGM comedy "A Slight Case of Larceny", and even the cheap, but brilliant "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini", he is a top comic, deserving far more praise. However, Quine seems to restrain him here. In scenes where his superiors should have overstated their impatience with him, they treat him with some respect. These scenes are realistic and warm instead of being over exaggerated for comic effect. Quine is a very mannered director and his quirkiness makes films like "Operation Mad Ball" and "Bell, Book and Candle" special and funnier. That quirkiness seems to be missing from "Sound Off". It is there in his earlier Columbia short comedies, and his style, very much at odds with Jules White's mode of operation, makes these little comedies misfires. "Sound Off" is just a little too bland in style and performance. However, there is a good amount slapstick, which Rooney excels in, and it helps. Writer Blake Edwards has yet to find his unique comedy style, and this is to the advantage of the film at hand. All the actors seem to be a little too restrained. Even Rooney, a performer known for "chewing up the scenery" keeps it low key. This is unfortunate, since Rooney is special and unique when he can go crazy. The musical numbers are an added bonus to this film and Rooney performs them with confidence and style. The next Quine-Edwards-Rooney Columbia service comedy, "All Ashore", is superior to "Sound Off" in almost all departments. However, Rooney's personality is better served by "Sound Off".

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