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Off Limits

Bob Hope's brash, smart-aleck comedy is turned loose on the army for an entertaining 87 minutes of nonsense that has plenty of laugh appeal. Hope is his boastful self as manager-trainer of Stanley Clements, lightweight fighter who has just moved up to the championship. When Clements is drafted, Hope's gangster partners, headed by Marvin Miller, make him enlist to watch over the fighter. Hope, much to his disgust, is fit despite his efforts to get a psycho discharge.

Cast:
Bob Hope Mickey Rooney Marilyn Maxwell Eddie Mayehoff Stanley Clements Jack Dempsey

Bob Hope’s brash, smart-aleck comedy is turned loose on the army for an entertaining 87 minutes of nonsense that has plenty of laugh appeal. Hope is his boastful self as manager-trainer of Stanley Clements, lightweight fighter who has just moved up to the championship. When Clements is drafted, Hope’s gangster partners, headed by Marvin Miller, make him enlist to watch over the fighter. Hope, much to his disgust, is fit despite his efforts to get a psycho discharge.

Mickey Rooney enters the picture as a draftee eager to have Hope make him into a fighter. From then on it’s a case of stringing Rooney along while trying to get next to Maxwell, who doesn’t like fighters or fight managers, and convincing Eddie Mayehoff, a rule-book Military Policeman, that Hope is not completely hopeless.

Hope fans will find their favorite comic in fine form. Rooney’s role is his best in some time, and Mayehoff is delightful as the rule-quoting MP.

Off Limits

Production: Paramount. Director George Marshall; Producer Harry Tugend; Screenplay Hal Kanter, Jack Sher; Camera J. Peverell Marley; Editor Arthur Schmidt; Music Van Cleave; Art Director Hal Pereira, Walter Tyler

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1953. Running time: 87 MIN.

With: Bob Hope Mickey Rooney Marilyn Maxwell Eddie Mayehoff Stanley Clements Jack Dempsey

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