The Noose Hangs High

The Noose Hangs High

Director: Charles Barton Cast: Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Cathy Downs


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/15/2017
UPC: 0851968007132
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Classicflix
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:17:00
Sales rank: 28,545

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; Image gallery wiht rare stills, posters and promotional material

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lou Costello Homer Hinchcliffe
Bud Abbott Ted Higgins
Cathy Downs Carol Scott
Joseph Calleia Mike Craig
Leon Errol Julius Caesar McBride
Mike Mazurki Chuck
Jack Overman Joe
Fritz Feld Psychiatrist
Elvia Allman Bit
Louis Austin Woman on Street
Harry Brown Upson
Ellen Corby Miss Van Buren's Maid
Jimmie Dodd Messenger
Pat Flaherty Tough Driver
James Flavin Traffic Cop
Bess Flowers Patient
Arno Frey Headwaiter
Ben Hall Messenger
Alvin Hammer Tipster
Russell Hicks Manager
Fred Kelsey Cop
Joe Kirk Gangster
Lyle Latell Workman
Murray Leonard Crazy Dentist
James Logan Valet
Jerry Marlowe Cashier
Vera Martin Elevator Girl
Paul Maxey Jewel Proprietor
Ralph Montgomery Waiter
Frank O'Connor Postman
Isabel Randolph Miss Van Buren
Benny Rubin Chinese
Minerva Urecal Husky Woman
Herb Vigran Man with Coat
Tim Wallace Actor
Ben Welden Stewart
Chalky Williams Cab Driver
Matt Willis Gangster
Irmgard Dawson Girl
Sandra Spence Dentist's Assistant
Fred Browne Actor

Technical Credits
Charles Barton Director,Producer
Julian Blaustein Original Story
Irving Friedman Musical Direction/Supervision
John Grant Screenwriter
Charles Grayson Screenwriter
Howard Harris Screenwriter
Arthur Horman Screenwriter
Edward Ilou Art Director
Armor E. Marlowe Set Decoration/Design
Jack R. Rabin Special Effects
Harry Reynolds Editor
Walter Schumann Score Composer
Daniel Taradash Screenwriter
George J. Teague Special Effects
Charles Van Enger Cinematographer
Ern Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Noose Hangs High
1. Opening Titles [1:30]
2. Toothache [4:22]
3. The Painless Dentist [5:42]
4. $50K [4:42]
5. The Killer Type [2:47]
6. Dress & Undress [3:44]
7. Someplace Else [2:44]
8. A Tough Break [2:47]
9. Thrill Of A Lifetime [1:48]
10. Midnight Tomorrow [1:39]
11. The List [3:47]
12. Monday's Too Late [3:37]
13. 30 To 1 [3:30]
14. The Television Club [5:31]
15. Mudder & Fodder [2:35]
16. Lucky George [1:52]
17. McBride Ain't Here [4:13]
18. Wanna Get Arrested? [3:33]
19. The Copper Club [10:56]
20. Julius Caesar McBride [1:58]
21. Even All Around [3:07]

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