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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.

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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!

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Comedy

Certificate:

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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 »

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Carol Blair: Let's see, that comes to a sum of...
Tommy Hinchcliffe: I wish I could get some of it back...
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Referenced in Canon City (1948) See more »

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An undervalued A&C gem...one of their best
8 February 2001 | by jimtinderSee 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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