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The Noose Hangs High (1948)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 5 April 1948 (USA)
Two window washers mistakenly receive, and lose, 50 grand belonging to a shady bookie who wants his money back, or else.

Director:

Charles Barton

Writers:

Julian Blaustein (story), Bernard Feins (story) (as Bernard Fins) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Ted Higgins
Lou Costello ... Tommy Hinchcliffe
Joseph Calleia ... Nick Craig
Leon Errol ... Julius Caesar 'J.C.' McBride
Cathy Downs ... Carol Blair
Mike Mazurki ... Chuck
Fritz Feld ... Psychiatrist
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Storyline

Abbott and Costello are two window washers who are mistaken by Nick Craig, a bookie, as the messengers that he sent for 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!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

2 Prontos de Sorte See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$610,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene, Lou Costello bets on a horse named "Lolly C". That is an inside joke, referring to Costello's mother, Helen Cristillo, who was an Associate Producer on this film. See more »

Quotes

Ted Higgins: I'd like to have a tooth pulled. I want no anesthetic and I don't care how much it hurts.
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Ted Higgins: [turns to Tommy] Show her the tooth.
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Not only had I never seen this, I'd never heard of it!
8 January 2016 | by Mr. OpEdSee all my reviews

It's 2016. I'm nearly 60. I've a LOT of comedies (and so-called "comedies") and this is one of the cleverest flicks.

A&C are a favorite and this has some of their best patter, great physical comedy, and subtle double entendres.

Leon Errol is a fine addition to the team as the not-so-menacing über villain who never loses. Cathy Downs is the fetching eye candy who gets caught up in the boy's shenanigans and makes the team a trio. And the older I get, the more I marvel at Bud Abbott's amazing straight man.

Usually when a movie has 7 writers, you're looking at a bomb. Not here. Charles Barton had helmed some other A&C films in the past but this could be his best. And kudos to Walter Schumann's perfect score.


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