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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.

Director:

Malcolm St. Clair (as Mal St. Clair)

Writer:

Scott Darling (screenplay) (as W. Scott Darling)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Doris Merrick ... Evelyn
Arthur Space ... Alva P. Hartley
Veda Ann Borg ... Mayme Charlton
Robert Blake ... Egbert Hartley (as Bobby Blake)
Frank Fenton ... Charlton
James Bush ... Hartman
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Good Neighbors See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In a scene when Oliver Hardy accidentally turns on the shower and gets himself wet , the music from the song "Singin' in the Rain" is played. Coincidentally, the song was written for and first performed in The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) in which Laurel & Hardy made a cameo appearance. The song went on to become famous eight years later with the well-known performance by Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain (1952). See more »

Goofs

How did they learn that the Bomb was real when they in fact were told that the Bomb was not real. 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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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
In the score when Aunt Sophie sleepwalks
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The Big Noise (1944) ***
27 August 2006 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

Another of the infamous "Fox Laurel & Hardy" latter comedies, and in the running for one of the most enjoyable of the bunch in my book. Here, the older but no less amusing duo are hired to guard a bomb christened "The Big Noise" by its zany inventor. Some old tried and true classic funny routines are trotted out and revamped, with generally satisfactory results. Stan and Ollie seem like their old selves again in this, thankfully getting more screen time together.

After enjoying this I just had to post a positive show of support and say that I think it's vastly underrated. This was echoed on the DVD's commentary track by author Randy Skretvedt, who actually apologized for trashing it once upon a time in his book entitled LAUREL AND HARDY: THE MAGIC BEHIND THE MOVIES, and now admits that during the '70s and '80s, this was a rough film to see in good quality or in its entirety, and so a lot of critics relied only on memory and reputation. THE BIG NOISE has been one of the most unjustly maligned movies in history (Michael Medved even had the gall to list it among the "Worst Films Ever Made" in his dispensable GOLDEN TURKEY AWARDS book). Luckily, the tide is presently turning for the better as moviegoers and Laurel and Hardy aficionados everywhere are finally giving the movie its due. *** out of ****


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