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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)


(screen play)
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Complete credited cast:
Doris Merrick ...
Arthur Space ...
Alva P. Hartley
Veda Ann Borg ...
Mayme Charlton
Egbert Hartley (as Bobby Blake)
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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 <>

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The Laugh BANG Of A Lifetime ! See more »


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October 1944 (USA)  »

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The Big Noise  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Billy Bletcher as Father Neptune, and Sarah Edwards are in studio records/casting call lists for this movie, but they did not appear or were not identifiable. See more »


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 »


Alva P. Hartley: Here you are, Junior.
[Alva hands Egbert his allotment of pills]
Egbert: Gee, the neck as usual. I'm getting capsule-happy now.
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References Berth Marks (1929) See more »


Mairzy Doats
(1943) (uncredited)
Written by Milton Drake, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston
Played by Stan Laurel on a concertina
Reprised by him while on an ocean buoy
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not a classic, but not too bad either
22 September 2005 | by (Odense, Denmark) – See all my reviews

When I saw this movie the first time, I was greatly disappointed, and thought that the boys really had lost it. But after watching it again, I realised this view was a bit unjustified.

The movie is about Laurel and Hardy taking a job at a private home as detectives, to protect a bomb (called "The Big Noise" - thus the title of the movie) from people wanting to steal the bombs, and sell it to foreign nations.

The big flaws that this movie has, are particularly the little kid of the house trying to tease and annoy the persons in it, particularly Stan & Ollie. This may sound like fun, but it truly isn't. And the only the kid really managed to annoy, was me. Also the scene of the woman of the house trying to seduce Ollie wasn't my thing (a scare attempt to enter some love in the movie?), and finally the nazi segment. This segment is particularly disappointing, because it shows a Japanese officer saying "Heil Hitler", and the Japanese did no such thing.

But apart from that, the movie has some good scenes. All scenes with Stan and Ollie at their room in the house are hilarious. For instance Stan's unpacking of the things, when the woman trying to temp Ollie sleepwalks with a knife into the room, when Ollie disappears inside the wall (don't ask) and the card playing. Amongst other noteworthy scenes, are the dinner scene at the house and the bunker scene in a train.

So, not a classic and with flaws. But still having some original and hilarious moments.

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