Off Limits (1953)

85 or 87 mins | Comedy | April 1953

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Hal Kanter, Jack Sher

Producer:

Harry Tugend

Cinematographer:

Peverell Marley

Editor:

Arthur Schmidt

Production Designers:

Hal Pereira, Walter Tyler

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Military Policemen . In some news items, the working title is listed as Military Policeman . During the final bar scene, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope's frequent co-star, is seen briefly, singing on the bar's television set. According to a Sep 1951 ParNews item, Alan Young was to co-star with Hope in the picture. In addition to retired champion boxer Jack Dempsey, the film features Art Aragon, a popular Southern California boxer. Orchestra leader and vocalist Nuzzy Marcellino dubbed "wolf-whistles" for the picture, according to Paramount press information, included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library.
       Publicity also notes that the Provost Marshal General's office in Washington, D.C. gave Mickey Rooney special permission to depict an MP, even though the minimum height requirement was 5'7" and Rooney was only 5'3". Rooney wore his World War II uniform in the film, according to publicity. HR news items add Dave Gallardo, Jack McCoy, Pat Quinn, Society Kid Hogan , Edith Sheets, Joan Arnold, Louise Saraydar, Virginia Leith and Joan Whitney to the cast. Their appearance in the final film has not been ... More Less

The working title of this film was Military Policemen . In some news items, the working title is listed as Military Policeman . During the final bar scene, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope's frequent co-star, is seen briefly, singing on the bar's television set. According to a Sep 1951 ParNews item, Alan Young was to co-star with Hope in the picture. In addition to retired champion boxer Jack Dempsey, the film features Art Aragon, a popular Southern California boxer. Orchestra leader and vocalist Nuzzy Marcellino dubbed "wolf-whistles" for the picture, according to Paramount press information, included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library.
       Publicity also notes that the Provost Marshal General's office in Washington, D.C. gave Mickey Rooney special permission to depict an MP, even though the minimum height requirement was 5'7" and Rooney was only 5'3". Rooney wore his World War II uniform in the film, according to publicity. HR news items add Dave Gallardo, Jack McCoy, Pat Quinn, Society Kid Hogan , Edith Sheets, Joan Arnold, Louise Saraydar, Virginia Leith and Joan Whitney to the cast. Their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
7 Feb 1953.
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Daily Variety
4 Feb 53
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Feb 53
p. 6.
Hollywood Citizen-News
1 Feb 1952.
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Hollywood Reporter
27 Dec 51
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Dec 51
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Dec 51
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jan 52
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jan 52
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Feb 52
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Feb 52
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Feb 52
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Feb 53
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
7 Feb 53
p. 1709.
New York Times
30 Mar 53
p. 25.
Variety
4 Feb 53
p. 6.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Billy "Rusty" Nelson
Sig Frolich
Charles Buchinsky
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
2d asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story and scr
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus score
Vocal arr
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
Tech adv
Judo tech adv
STAND INS
Wolf whistle dubbing
SOURCES
SONGS
"All About Love" and "Military Policeman," words and music by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Military Policemen
Release Date:
April 1953
Premiere Information:
World premiere in Washington, D.C.: 26 March 1953
New York opening: 28 March 1953
Los Angeles opening: 4 April 1953
Production Date:
27 December 1951--late February 1952
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 March 1953
Copyright Number:
LP2480
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85 or 87
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
15869
SYNOPSIS

Immediately after his boxing protegé, Bullet Bradley, wins a championship bout, trainer and ladies man Wally Hogan receives word that Bullet has been drafted. Bullet's career is controlled by mobsters Vic and Babe Breck, and when the Brecks ask Wally to enlist in order to keep an eye on the highistrung Bullet, Wally reluctantly agrees. At the Army recruiting station, Wally passes the physical and is sworn in, then learns that Bullet has been declared psychologically unfit. Realizing that the Brecks have set him up and want to be rid of him, Wally angrily vows to find another champion to beat Bullet. Later, on the train to Camp Ashton, Wally meets singer Connie Curtis, who asks Wally's by-the-book training officer, Karl Danzig, for permission to speak with one of the recruits. After Danzig refuses Connie's request, citing Army regulations, Wally uses recruit Herbert Tuttle, a diminutive would-be boxer, to distract Danzig so that he can sneak off and find her. Connie is unimpressed with Wally's flirtations, however, and reveals her hatred of boxing. Upon arriving at Camp Ashton, Danzig reports Wally and Herbert to his superior, who suggests that the wayward recruits join Danzig and become MPs. Wally at first balks at the idea, but changes his mind when he realizes that MPs have easy access to nightclubs and women. Wally and Herbert pass their MP training course, and during their first patrol, stop by the Pink Owl, a club owned by Connie. There, Wally is shocked to learn that Herbert is Connie's nephew. Connie warns Wally not to encourage Herbert's boxing ambitions, and anxious to make a good impression, Wally agrees. ... +


Immediately after his boxing protegé, Bullet Bradley, wins a championship bout, trainer and ladies man Wally Hogan receives word that Bullet has been drafted. Bullet's career is controlled by mobsters Vic and Babe Breck, and when the Brecks ask Wally to enlist in order to keep an eye on the highistrung Bullet, Wally reluctantly agrees. At the Army recruiting station, Wally passes the physical and is sworn in, then learns that Bullet has been declared psychologically unfit. Realizing that the Brecks have set him up and want to be rid of him, Wally angrily vows to find another champion to beat Bullet. Later, on the train to Camp Ashton, Wally meets singer Connie Curtis, who asks Wally's by-the-book training officer, Karl Danzig, for permission to speak with one of the recruits. After Danzig refuses Connie's request, citing Army regulations, Wally uses recruit Herbert Tuttle, a diminutive would-be boxer, to distract Danzig so that he can sneak off and find her. Connie is unimpressed with Wally's flirtations, however, and reveals her hatred of boxing. Upon arriving at Camp Ashton, Danzig reports Wally and Herbert to his superior, who suggests that the wayward recruits join Danzig and become MPs. Wally at first balks at the idea, but changes his mind when he realizes that MPs have easy access to nightclubs and women. Wally and Herbert pass their MP training course, and during their first patrol, stop by the Pink Owl, a club owned by Connie. There, Wally is shocked to learn that Herbert is Connie's nephew. Connie warns Wally not to encourage Herbert's boxing ambitions, and anxious to make a good impression, Wally agrees. Danzig then catches Wally singing and dancing with Connie and orders him to dig ditches as punishment. After Wally tricks the gullible Herbert into digging for him, he is besieged by reporters, who ask him the identity of his new protegé. Before Wally can answer, Herbert pops up from the ditch and declares that he is Wally's next champion. Later, after the interview is published, Herbert is asked to fight Navy boxer Art Aragon. Although Herbert informs Danzig that Wally does not want him to fight because of Connie, Danzig insists that the match go on. During the bout, which takes place on Aragon's battleship, Wally is overcome with seasickness and cannot guide the neophyte Herbert. Herbert quickly loses the fight, on which heavy bets were made, and at the Pink Owl, Connie hears a soldier accuse Herbert of taking a dive and instigates a brawl. Wally breaks up the melee, then is ordered by Danzig to post an "off limits" sign on the Pink Owl. Not wanting to hurt Connie, who is angry at him for encouraging Herbert's boxing, Wally instead goes AWOL. Wally hides out at a boxing arena, where one of Danzig's men is scheduled to fight, and contacts Herbert, who calls Connie and tells her why Wally went AWOL. While protecting Wally, Herbert then accidentally knocks out Danzig's fighter and decides to go on for him, despite the boos of the crowd. Connie rushes to the arena and begs Wally to stop the bout, but he compulsively yells instructions to Herbert on how to win. After Herbert knocks out his opponent, Danzig finally catches Wally and punishes him with KP duty. Wally then is allowed to train Herbert in earnest, and Wally and the featherweight soon earn the right to fight Bullet and are blessed by Connie. The Brecks realize that Wally will be able to anticipate Bullet's moves, so they follow him as he drives Herbert and Danzig to a meeting, then intimidate him in front of Connie. Urged by Connie to stand up to the thugs, Wally wrecks what he believes is the Brecks's sedan, only to find out later that he has destroyed a general's car. Wally is jailed, but tricks his way out and arrives with Connie at the boxing arena just as Herbert's bout with Bullet is about to start. Hunted by his fellow MPs as well as the mobsters, Wally goes to a nearby bar to communicate with Herbert using walkie-talkies. Following Wally's instructions, Herbert takes control of the bout, and after the Brecks make one last attempt at silencing him, Wally directs Herbert to deliver the knockout punch. Later, in a train compartment, the just married Wally and Connie are joined by Danzig, who tries to recall Army regulations regarding honeymoons. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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