Comedy Was Never “Off Limits” for Bob Hope

When Off Limits hit theaters in February of 1953, America was enjoying a period of post-WWII prosperity that made it ripe for lovable and lighthearted comedians like Bob Hope to thrive. He does just that in this engaging comedy. Hope shines as Wally Hogan, a boxing trainer who reluctantly joins the Army so that he can keep an eye on his recently drafted protégé. Stuck in khaki when the fighter is discharged, Hope agrees to help private Mickey Rooney learn the ropes, but only because he’s interested in Rooney’s singer aunt. Marilyn Maxwell, Eddie Mayehoff co-star; look for an unbilled Charles Bronson and ring legend Jack Dempsey as himself.

Here’s the trailer for Off Limits, packed with mirth and military mayhem:

Enlist in this fun flick from yesteryear and see for yourself how comedy is never Off Limits.