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The Big Noise (1944)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | October 1944 (USA)
During World War II Stan and Ollie find themselves as improbable bodyguards to an eccentric inventor and his strategically important new bomb.

Director:

Malcolm St. Clair (as Mal St. Clair)

Writer:

Scott Darling (screenplay) (as W. Scott Darling)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Doris Merrick ... Evelyn
Arthur Space ... Alva P. Hartley
Veda Ann Borg ... Mayme Charlton
Robert Blake ... Egbert Hartley (as Bobby Blake)
Frank Fenton ... Charlton
James Bush ... Hartman
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Storyline

Although they are only janitors at a detective agency, the boys pass themselves off as sleuths and are engaged to guard an inventor delivering a new bomb. They outwit enemy agents after the bomb and wind up sinking a Japanese submarine. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bomba See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Unlike their earlier work for Hal Roach, and because of the war, the duo decided not to include "destructive" scenes - like pies in the face, smashing props, and so forth. Where it was necessary, they actually enforced a policy of "one take" to minimizes the destruction. See more »

Goofs

When the duo are in the hi-tech bedroom, and Ollie rides the bed back out of the wall, the following sequences show that the rotating table is first clear, then has the pipe and magnifying glass back on it, then is clear again, and then has the chairs re-arranged. See more »

Quotes

[after consuming his pills, Grandpa coughs violently]
Grandpa: I got a bone stuck in my throat.
Aunt Sophie: Don't bolt your food, Grandpa. (to Stan and Ollie) He always does that, especially when we have fish.
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Spoofed in De Buik Vol (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
(1843) (uncredited)
Written by David T. Shaw
In the score when the bomb finds its mark
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Much better than reputation
12 September 2006 | by scott-walker-4See all my reviews

I bought this in the mid 1990's on VHS because it wasn't on DVD at the store. I was just hungry for more of the boys films and had not read the critic's yet. It turned out that I was very surprised at the level of comedy as I was not expecting much since the 40s and on I had mostly been disappointed. I recommend this film though. Much better than Utopia, Jitterbugs, and a couple of the other later ones. This film and Nothing But Trouble were probably their last good comedies, IMO. Not as good as their vintage days, but still good and funny. You can't always go by reviews(which includes mine!) This film has more character-driven comedy than some other Fox films. Maybe the studio let them do their own thing a little more, which was what made them so great such as was Keaton's greatness too but was stifled by over-control. If you have seen their old films but ignored this one and Nothing But Trouble give these a try. I think you will be surprised. Steve


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