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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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Singing In Cadence Count, 24 December 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The film Sound Off is titled that to take advantage of Vaughn Monroe's hit record of The Duckworth Chant aka Sound Off. It sold a ton of records back at the time and is the main musical feature of the film.

The other feature is Mickey Rooney's effervescent personality which is working on all cylinders in Sound Off. He plays a nightclub comedian who gets his greetings from the president and has to go in the army to the distress of his agent Sammy White who certainly isn't going to get much of a commission of 10% of Mickey's army pay.

The idea is hardly original in fact the same year Sound Off came out for Columbia, Mickey's old home studio of MGM put out Because You're Mine which featured Mario Lanza as an opera singing draftee.

There's a lieutenant/nurse played by Anne James who Mickey has to compete with Major John Archer for. And Gordon Jones plays Mickey's training sergeant who actually isn't such a bad guy, he just wants Mickey to just straighten out. In fact the best sequence in the film involves Mickey before he gets his draft notice using Jones as a foil in his nightclub act. Jones responds in a good fashion, but lets the Mick know there are no hard feelings if he just soldiers up.

Definitely a film for the Mick's still strong legion of fans.

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