The Noose Hangs High (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Noose Hangs High (1948)





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For their first independently-produced vehicle, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello chose to appear in a remake of the 1939 Universal programmer For Love or Money. Bud and Lou are cast as Ted and Tommy, two bumbling window washers hired by gangster Mike Craig (Joseph Calleila) to collect a $50,000 gambling debt. The boys manage to pick up the money, only to deliver it to the wrong person, a pretty private secretary named Carol (Cathy Downs). Ordered to retrieve the money within 24 hours "or else," Ted and Tommy trace the cash to Carol, who has mistakenly distributed it amongst the entries in a mailing list. As our heroes desperately concoct methods of escaping Craig's wrath, eccentric gambler Julius Caesar McBride (Leon Errol), the man who "never loses," comes to the rescue. Despite its seeming complexity, the plot exists merely as a peg on which to hang several of Abbott and Costello's best routines, including "Bet you 10 dollars you're not here," "Hole in the Wall," "Packing and unpacking," "Getting Arrested," and, best of all, "Mudder and Fodder." Beyond the seven credited actors, the huge unbilled supporting cast includes such reliable laugh-getters as Benny Rubin, Murray Leonard, Elvia Allman, Herb Vigran, Fred Kelsey, James Flavin, Lyle Latell, Isabel Randolph and Paul Maxey.

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Bud Abbott
as Ted Higgins
Lou Costello
as Homer Hinchcliffe
Cathy Downs
as Carol Scott
Leon Errol
as Julius Caesar McBride
Joseph Calleia
as Mike Craig
Fritz Feld
as Psychiatrist
Vera Martin
as Elevator Operator
Louis Austin
as Woman on Street
Joe Kirk
as Gangster
Matt Willis
as Gangster
Ben Welden
as Stewart
Jimmie Dodd
as Messenger
Ben Hall
as Messenger
Ellen Corby
as Miss Van Buren's Maid
Isabel Randolph
as Miss Van Buren
Bess Flowers
as Patient
Pat Flaherty
as Tough Driver
Lois Austin
as Woman on Street
Herb Vigran
as Man with Coat
James Flavin
as Traffic Cop
Minerva Urecal
as Husky Woman
Arno Frey
as Headwaiter
Lyle Latell
as Workman
Joan Myles
as Secretary
Benny Rubin
as Chinese
Murray Leonard
as Crazy Dentist
Sandra Spence
as Dentist's Assistant
Alvin Hammer
as Tipster
Paul Maxey
as Jewel Proprietor
Oscar Otis
as Race Track Announcer
Chalky Williams
as Cab Driver
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...generally emphasizes juvenile, incredibly broad instances of comedy...

June 28, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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