Sound Off (film)

Sound Off is a 1952 comedy film featuring several songs, filmed in SuperCinecolor for Columbia Pictures and starring Mickey Rooney. The film was shot in August 1951.[1]

Sound Off
Original film poster
Directed byRichard Quine
Produced byJonie Taps
Written byBlake Edwards
Richard Quine
StarringMickey Rooney
Anne James
CinematographyEllis W. Carter
Edited byCharles Nelson
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 1952 (1952-05)
Running time
83 min

This was the first of a three-picture contract between Rooney and producer Jonie Taps for Columbia in which Rooney was paid $75,000 for each picture. It is also the first collaboration between Richard Quine, Blake Edwards and Dick Crockett. The same team next collaborated with Rooney in the Navy in All Ashore made the following year. The three worked together again on Rooney's television series The Mickey Rooney Show/Hey, Mulligan in 1954-55.[2] Their final film in the Columbia contract was the black and white crime drama Drive a Crooked Road.

The film's title comes from the military cadence by Willie Lee Duckworth[3] that was a major 1951 chart hit for Vaughn Monroe.


An obnoxious nightclub comedian at Ciro's is drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. At his arrival at his basic training he meets a WAC Lieutenant and romantically pursues her. His activities irritate his drill sergeant and the entire army when he goes AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave) for her. He is imprisoned and sentenced to thirty days hard labour that turns him into a soldier. Then he is shipped overseas to join the Special Services.



  1. "Sound Off (1952)", Turner Classic Movies.
  2. Tucker, David C. Lost Laughs of '50s and '60s Television: Thirty Sitcoms That Faded Off Screen, McFarland & Co., 2010, p. 131.
  3. Boyd, Bill, Fat, Dumb, and Happy Down in Georgia, Mercer University Press, 1999, p. 201.

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