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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.

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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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DANGER! YOU'LL LAUGH YOURSELF TO DEATH! (original poster) See more »


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October 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Bomba  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Did You Ever See A Dream Walking
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
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Much better than reputation
12 September 2006 | by (United States) – See 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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