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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.

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(screenplay) (as W. Scott Darling)
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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 <alagain@aol.com>

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This is the 4th of 4 movies in which Laurel and Hardy both lose their hats simultaneously (when they are blown off by 'Egbert' at the door), the other ones being Berth Marks (1929), Me and My Pal (1933) and Block-Heads (1938). See more »

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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

[Stan and Ollie have been invited to dinner]
Oliver: I'm famished.
Alva P. Hartley: We'll start with the turkey.
[he uncovers a tray holding a number of pills]
Alva P. Hartley: Will you have light meat or dark?
[Alva plunks some pills on the boys' plates]
Stanley: Could I have another joint?
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America, My Country Tis of Thee
(1832) (uncredited)
Music by Lowell Mason, based on the Music by Henry Carey from "God Save the King" (1744)
In the score when the U.S. Capital Building is shown
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Good for a few laughs
2 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is one of Laurel & Hardy's later Twentieth Century-Fox films and it is not one of their best. However, it is an upbeat and fast-paced effort that shows signs that they put some effort into it. THE BIG NOISE has some good bits: the dinner with the inventor, the bunk bed scene in the train, and the constant threat of the bomb going off with Stan transporting it carelessly. The only part of this movie that seems weak is the Nazi segment and the scenes with a very annoying little kid. Other than that, this is recommended for all L&H fans, especially younger fans. 7 out of 10.


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