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The Noose Hangs High (1948)

Abbott and Costello are two window washers who are mistaken by Nick Craig, a bookie, as the messengers that he sent to pick up $50,000. The person that he sent them to, has sent two of HIS ... See full summary »

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Abbott and Costello are two window washers who are mistaken by Nick Craig, a bookie, as the messengers that he sent to pick up $50,000. The person that he sent them to, has sent two of HIS men to get the money back , but they found out! They try to mail the money to Craig but a mix up has occurred and the money is sent somewhere else, and the woman who received the funds spent it! Now, unless they pay him back... Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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BUD ABBOTT LOU COSTELLO in the CHOKE of the Century!

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During the dinner in the Copper Club, Ted (Bud Abbott) starts to tell the "Suppose you were 40 and the little girl was 10" joke. Tommy (Lou Costello) complains that he's "just a boy". Lou Costello was, in fact, 42 years old (born 1906) at the time of the film's release (1948). See more »

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Ted Higgins: I'm always nervous when I handle money.
Tommy Hinchcliffe: I'm always nervous when I don't handle it.
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An undervalued A&C gem...one of their best
8 February 2001 | by (US) – See all my reviews

If you're a fan of Abbott and Costello routines, then "The Noose Hangs High" is for you. Numerous routines are packed into this film, including "Dress/Undress," "Someplace Else," "Fodder/Mudder," etc. The boys display these routines with flair and show how much they enjoy them.

The plot involves A&C as window washers mistaken as messengers by a bookie who must make good a $50,000 bet with a man who never loses a bet (played by Leon Errol). The money ends up in an envelope sent to a secretary (Cathy Downs) who spends all but $2,000 of it. The comedy and plot follows A&C and Downs as they try to raise the rest of the money.

"Noose Hangs High" was filmed in late 1947 at Eagle-Lion studios. A&C's new contract with Universal allowed them one independent production a year, and "Noose" was it. Not part of the Universal package when their films were syndicated to television, "Noose" has fallen through the cracks and is one of their least familiar films to moviewatchers. The fact that the film has almost no reputation does not hinder its quality; the laughs are constant and the plot is good, ranking this film among A&C's best. 8 out of 10.


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