The Big Noise (1936)

58 mins | Comedy | 22 June 1936

Director:

Frank McDonald

Cinematographer:

L. W. O'Connell

Editor:

Terry Morse

Production Designer:

Carl Jules Weyl

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was Big Business and its release title in Great Britain was Modern Madness . Writer Edmund L. Hartmann's name is spelled "Edward Hartman" in the onscreen credits. Although this movie is based on an original story by Hartmann, the plot is very similar to a 1931 Warner Bros. film The Millionaire (see ... More Less

The film's working title was Big Business and its release title in Great Britain was Modern Madness . Writer Edmund L. Hartmann's name is spelled "Edward Hartman" in the onscreen credits. Although this movie is based on an original story by Hartmann, the plot is very similar to a 1931 Warner Bros. film The Millionaire (see below). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
16 Apr 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
20 Apr 36
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Feb 36
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Apr 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
17 Apr 36
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Apr 36
p. 36.
New York Times
4 Jul 36
p. 18.
Variety
8 Jul 36
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Supv
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Big Business
Release Date:
22 June 1936
Production Date:
began late February 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
17 June 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6415
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
58
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2073
SYNOPSIS

Julius Trent, the founder and president of Trent Mills objects to the plans of his manager, Walford Andrews, to manufacture a synthetic wool called Woolex. Finding Julius behind the times, the stockholders vote Andrews in as president. Following doctor's orders, Julius, accompanied by his wife and his daughter Betty, retires to California. Julius is completely bored by retirement, so when the gardener, an active, healthy man older than Julius, suggests that Julius buy a small business to run as an amusement, he takes the advice and, using an assumed name, buys a half interest in a dry cleaning business. His partner is Ken Mitchell, a young man who has invented a special cleaning fluid. Neither Julius nor Ken realize, however, that the former owner sold them the business to avoid paying money to a group of gangsters headed by Chick Morelli. During a delivery, Ken accidentally splashes mud on Betty, and offers to clean her dress for free. By the time the dress is clean, the two have fallen in love. Julius is pleased by this development and is also pleased to learn that since Woolex cannot be successfully cleaned, all the orders for the fabric have been cancelled. Determined not to pay Morelli any extortion money, Julius contrives a confrontation between Morelli and rival gangster Dutch Schmidt. The two gangs shoot it out, killing everyone. When Julius' identity as a textile magnate is revealed, Ken is surprised to discover he is already familiar with his future father-in-law. Julius then receives an offer to return to work as the head of Trent ... +


Julius Trent, the founder and president of Trent Mills objects to the plans of his manager, Walford Andrews, to manufacture a synthetic wool called Woolex. Finding Julius behind the times, the stockholders vote Andrews in as president. Following doctor's orders, Julius, accompanied by his wife and his daughter Betty, retires to California. Julius is completely bored by retirement, so when the gardener, an active, healthy man older than Julius, suggests that Julius buy a small business to run as an amusement, he takes the advice and, using an assumed name, buys a half interest in a dry cleaning business. His partner is Ken Mitchell, a young man who has invented a special cleaning fluid. Neither Julius nor Ken realize, however, that the former owner sold them the business to avoid paying money to a group of gangsters headed by Chick Morelli. During a delivery, Ken accidentally splashes mud on Betty, and offers to clean her dress for free. By the time the dress is clean, the two have fallen in love. Julius is pleased by this development and is also pleased to learn that since Woolex cannot be successfully cleaned, all the orders for the fabric have been cancelled. Determined not to pay Morelli any extortion money, Julius contrives a confrontation between Morelli and rival gangster Dutch Schmidt. The two gangs shoot it out, killing everyone. When Julius' identity as a textile magnate is revealed, Ken is surprised to discover he is already familiar with his future father-in-law. Julius then receives an offer to return to work as the head of Trent Mills. +

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