The Big Noise (1944)

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During World War II Stan and Ollie find themselves as improbable bodyguards to an eccentric inventor and his strategically important new bomb.


(as Mal St. Clair)


(screenplay) (as W. Scott Darling)
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October 1944 (USA)  »

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A Bomba  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Laurel goes to turn off the light and accidentally sends Hardy's bed into its hiding space in the wall, Laurel's pipe and magnifying glass are on the table. Laurel panics and begins pushing buttons. When he hits the button that spins the table into the floor, you can see the pipe and magnifying glass go flying. When the table returns, you can see they are still not on the table. But when Hardy's bed comes back out of the wall and Hardy falls from the bed, as the camera follows him, the table can be seen and the pipe and magnifying glass are sitting there. See more »


Stan: You know what?
Oliver: What?
Stan: I've got a clue. I think Mr. Hartley is just a bit cracked. Well, I ought to know.
Oliver: All inventors are like that - they're eccentric. They're not like you and me.
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Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
(1843) (uncredited)
Written by David T. Shaw
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Worth Another Look
5 May 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

As recently suggested by others, THE BIG NOISE has suffered in reputation for years, usually sight unseen. As a lifelong L & H fan, I finally saw it for the first time via the new Fox set (a very well done package), and it is more than acceptable a part of L&H's legacy. Of course it can't match their heyday, but among the Fox films it is much more Stan & Ollie's show than the initial Fox entries. The whimsical fadeout is by far one of the most delightful moments of their entire career, which is something.

Give this film some slack, and you'll have a good enough time with it. I'm glad Fox has made this one available.

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