The Big Noise

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Malcolm St. Clair
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
74 min

- What's the matter?

- Hartley again.

That fellow from Los Angeles

wants to register another invention.

- What is it this time?

- It's an explosive.

Says it'll make a 2000-pound


...sound like a popgun.

- Well, that's more sensible...

...than most of his ideas.

- Yes.

Take a look at these.

All Hartley inventions.

And we practically have a whole room

in the storehouse devoted to his models.

This is the first one. A mask to be used

while eating grapefruit.

And get this one.

This is a dilly.

A motorized toothbrush,

guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Oh, you're taking him too seriously.

Well, I'm going to take

his bomb idea...

...up with the chief

of the Ordnance Department.

What have you got that fan on for?

- Turn it off.

- Oh, I'm feeling fine.

The fan. Turn it off.


Now you've ruined

a whole morning's work.

- I'm sorry, son. What's eating you?

- lf you want to know the truth, Father...

...I'm annoyed.

I haven't heard from the government.

Maybe Washington's tired

of hearing from Hartley.

- There's a war on.

But that's just the point.

My invention would shorten the war

by months, maybe years.

The government should welcome it

with open arms.

I'm 4-F, this is the only way

that I can contribute to the war effort...

...and do something for my country.

- My boy, I honor you for it.

Well do I remember the charge

up San Juan Hill.

Into the Valley of Death

go the 600.

- My sacroiliac.

- Oh, you should be more careful.

And your history is bad.

That's my private phone.

I wonder who that can be.

- Hello.

Western Union calling.

Western Union?

We have a message

for Mr. Alva P. Hartley.

- Is he there?

- Yes?

The message is from Washington...

...and is signed,

"Paterson, director of Patent Office."

Yes, yes, go on.

Very much interested

in your invention.

War Department says

it has great possibilities.

Guard it with your life.

Forward all details and formula...

...and samples,

as soon as tests are completed.

Well, thank you.

Thank you very much.

My explosive. They've even taken

the matter up...

...with the War Department.

Probably chief of Ordnance.

- Spies, enemy spies.

- Yes.

And they said I was to protect

this invention with my very life.

Detectives, that's the ticket. I must have

someone to guard this every minute...

...until I can get it off to Washington.

Let me see, detective agency...

- Come in.

- It's the telephone.

Never mind, I'll answer it.

Hello. Jones Detective Agency.


I'm sorry, sir,

but I can't understand a word you...

Will you stop that noise?

- I never said a word.

- Well, cut that machine off.

- Not you, sir. No, sir.

- I have something of great importance... my possession

which must be guarded night and day.

- I want two of your best men at once.

- I'm sorry sir, that will be impossible.

You see, our manager's in Sacramento

with a habeas corpus.

And all of our best detectives,

who are not in the armed forces...

...are busy guarding

government property.

But this is a government matter. In fact,

it has been suggested by Washington...

...that I take these precautions.

It will only be for a few days.

Money is no object.

And the men will be treated

like members of the family.

Pleasant surroundings, best of food.

Well, sir, you're in luck.

I'm happy to inform you

that two of our best detectives...

...have just entered the office.

And I'll send them right over.

- Where to?

- 32 Elm Road.

32 Elm Road.

I'll send them over immediately.


- What two detectives entered the office?

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