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The Noise of Bombs (1914)

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The Police Chief is tracking a band of four desperadoes, who vow revenge by blowing up his house. The desperadoes manage to kidnap one of the Chief's hapless constables - the boyfriend of ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Charles Murray ...
Constable Murray
Edgar Kennedy ...
Police Chief
Lucille Ward ...
Police Chief's Wife
Dixie Chene ...
Nursemaid
Josef Swickard ...
Desk Sergeant
Harry McCoy ...
1st Desperado
Edward F. Cline ...
2nd Desperado
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3rd Desperado (as Charles Parrot)
Richard Smith ...
Station Cop (as Dick Smith)
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The Police Chief is tracking a band of four desperadoes, who vow revenge by blowing up his house. The desperadoes manage to kidnap one of the Chief's hapless constables - the boyfriend of the Chief's baby's nursemaid - by kidnapping the constable and the baby. They force the constable to plant the bomb while they hold the baby hostage. The constable is able to enter the house, and plant the note of the impending bomb. Mayhem ensues as the Chief, his wife, the nursemaid and the other constables search the house for the bomb, and try to find out where the baby is. Written by Huggo

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19 November 1914 (USA)  »

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Ninth of twelve movies that starred The Keystone Cops. See more »

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They Go Boom
8 September 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

There were some movements during the late silent era to tell a story so compellingly, through acting and editing, that no titles would be necessary. Sometimes these efforts were pursued to such an extent that no one could tell what was going on -- or cared to do the work to figure it out. One such effort, THE OLD SWIMMING HOLE, destroyed Charles Ray's career. Another, Lupu Pick's NEW YEAR'S EVE, with two titles, is my personal choice for worst silent picture ever made. There are two titles in THE NOISE OF BOMBS....

While this is certainly not the best movie ever made at Keystone, it is a perfectly fine one, with some great gags, lots of thrills and a plot that makes perfect sense -- insofar as it doesn't take much to motivate the nitwits and zanies of Mack Sennett's studio. In addition, at this time, Sennett had the best editors in the business working for him and they understood precisely what they were doing. When the Academicians in Russia wrote their books, they looked at what was going on in these movies and offered it in high-falutin' terms. Take a look at this one and see if you agree with me.


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