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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.


Charles Barton


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

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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


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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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 »


Box Office


$610,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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". Costello was, in fact, 42 years old (born 1906) at the time of the film's release (1948). See more »


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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Remake of For Love or Money (1939) See more »

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Some Really Dumb Crooks
16 November 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Noose Hangs High marks Abbott&Costello's only film for the short lived Eagle-Lion Productions. This was an effort by J. Arthur Rank over across the pond to break into the American film market with his own production and distribution company.

Bud&Lou are a pair of window washers who are mistaken for messengers that are employed by bookie Joseph Calleia. It seems as though he's been taken to the cleaners by one of his bettors and though it hurts he has to pay off. The messengers are to get the money from Ben Welden and deliver it to Calleia.

Of course Welden has ideas of having the boys held up and stealing the money for himself. Costello actually eludes the crooks, but sends the money to Cathy Downs by mistake. Now he and Bud have 48 hours to come up with the money or ELSE.

Leon Errol is along for the ride as his usual drunken playboy and he subs for Abbott as Lou's straight-man a couple of times. Though in those routines I can't tell who's the one really getting the laughs.

What always gets me about The Noose Hangs High is Calleia and how he could be that dumb to mistake these two for good help. What's that say about him. Proof of that is a routine where both Abbott and Costello make a monkey out of big dumb leg breaker Mike Mazurki.

The Noose Hangs High is a remake of the Universal film For Love Or Money. I haven't seen the original, but the material was definitely rewritten to suit Bud&Lou. It becomes nothing more than a vehicle for the boys to do several of their burlesque routines. Which for their fans is more than enough.

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