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The Noose Hangs High (1948)

Bud Abbott , Lou Costello , Charles Barton  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Joseph Calleia, Leon Errol, Cathy Downs
  • Directors: Charles Barton
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007O38ZI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,968 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Noose Hangs High" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello deliver their "usual high quota of laughs" (The Hollywood Reporter) in this hysterically funny slapstick farce that boasts some of their most beloved comedy bits, such as the immortal "Mudder and Fodder" routine! Window washers Ted Higgins and Homer Hinchcliffe (Abbott & Costello) are mistaken for messengers and sent to collect $50,000 by a gangster who runs a gambling syndicate. But Homer inadvertently mails the cash to a woman (Cathy Downs) who spends it before they can track her down. Faced with a thirty-six hour deadline to come up with the gangster's dough, the desperate trio must act quickly or it'll be their necks!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad offering from the boys April 2, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was quite pleased with this A & C comedy. Made by Eagle Lion Films (which went belly-up years ago) but now distributed under the MGM banner, it's one of the handful of movies done outside their home studio of Universal.

I am happy to say that the boys are in top form here. As usual, Bud & Lou do variations on old routines, but the selection is hilarious: The "Mudder & Fodder" bit, the "Mustard" bit, and the "Dress/Undress" bits are performed with panache by sharp-tongued Bud and bewildered, baby-faced Lou. This all rests on the plot foundation of mistaken identity as the boys accidentally mis-deliver a large sum of money which gets them in deep trouble with a gangster (hence the title). And so, it's a race against time as the boys try to beat a 36-hour deadline to recover the dough, with mishaps aplenty.

Perhaps not THE boys' best film, but it's slick & funny enough to keep you laughing all the way through.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent A@C Entry January 31, 2009
Format:DVD
This film is a real quality production and one of Bud and Lou's best. Although it was an Eagle-Lion film (a studio of some good quality films, and which folded in the 1950s I believe), it has a polished look that could easily fool someone into thinking it was a Universal release. I highly recommend it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Abbot / Costello Movie April 13, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This was a solid A&C film, the plot dealing with $50,000 stolen by some bad guys. A post-WWII comedy, when the nation was in the mood for light-hearted, non-heavy entertainment.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Side splitting humor March 8, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I laughed so hard just watching my younger brother laugh it was great. This was the scene where Abbott kept telling Costello to put on his pants to an immediate take them off. This went on for several minutes. Great team humor. It does not exist any more. One of the boys better films.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A PLEASANT COMEDY January 15, 2007
Format:DVD
"THE NOOSE HANGS HIGH",MAY NOT BE ABBOTT & COSTELLO'S BEST WORK,BUT IT IS

FAR FROM BEING THEIR WORST.IT KIND OF REMINDED ME OF LAUREL & HARDY'S FILM

"OUR RELATIONS".IT HAD A LOT OF COMICAL MISHAPS,CONFUSION AND MIXUPS THAT

KEEP THIS MOVIE MOVING AT A STEADY BUT FRANTIC PACE.THE ONLY MISSING IN-

GREDIANT IN MY OPION IS THAT BUD & LOU DON'T HAVE A SET OF TWINS TOO HELP

RELIEVE SOME OF THE TROUBLES THAT FALL ON THEM.HILARIOUS IS THE "MUDDER AND FODDER"ROUTINE PERFORMED BY LEON ERROL AND LOU COSTELLO, IT IS A-

PRICELESS MOMENT.NOT TO SAY THAT THIS PICTURE AS A WHOLE ISN'T WITHOUT

SOME MINOR FLAWS.THE FILM DOESN'T HIDE IT'S STUDIO MAKING SUROUNDINGS,IT

ALMOST COMES ACROSS AS AN EARLY TELEVISION SITCOM,WHERE IT IS OBVIOUS THAT

THE ACTORS ARE PERFORMING ON A STAGESET.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Minor Comedy With A&C Touches September 4, 2011
Format:DVD
Abbott and Costello started out with vaudeville rloutines, perhaps their most famous being "Who's On First," routine. This film starts with a couple of workers getting involved innocently in a misdirected payoff on a gambling bet. This drags both men into a search for the misdirected cash, before unpleasant things happen from some mobster types.
One routine concerns racehorses, where Abbott tells Costello of one horse that, "Her's a mudder."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you're a true A&C fan, buy it. August 26, 2009
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You might be disappointed in the gags, which are all rehashed from earlier films. Other than that, Bud & Lou are always great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harmless,forgotten entry by legendary Comedy Team. February 16, 2009
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This was one of the few Abbott and Costello films I had never seen,the reason being that this was an independant that was unavaiable for a good many years.
The film was released in 1949,after there triumph in there best film,Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein(1948).
It's not one of there best,but is a pleasant enough film in the team's time of decline.

In the film,Abbott and Costello play two window washers who get mixed up with some gangsters after accidently mailing there money away in the hands of a beautiful woman.Now the boys must redeem the money and protect there own necks from the gangsters.

Very enjoyable with many great slapstick moments and a memorable comic performance by veteran comic,Leon Errol who has some great scenes with Costello.

Fans of the team will not want to pass this one up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
It's a good comedy, great for the family. I purchased it as a gift and my family enjoyed watching it.
Published 1 month ago by LautuLoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great funny film!!
What a wonderful story as well as a funny film that still makes people laugh even today they had so much talent. Read more
Published 2 months ago by dennis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good clean fun ...!
These two guys remind me of days when laughter flowed straight from the soul of a person. Slapstick comedy like this is almost impossible to find, I'm glad I was able to access it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Leon Shipman
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
I love abbott and Costello the quality is great. I will watch over and over as their humor is clean and silly fun
Published 2 months ago by Margaret A Pond
3.0 out of 5 stars The Dangers of Gambling
A&C The Noose Hangs High, 1948 film

Lou has a toothache and tries self-medication. [Remember when an airplane in the sky was a rare sight? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Acute Observer
5.0 out of 5 stars noose hangs high abbott and costello at there best
if your a fan of abbott and costello this is a must have movie one of my favorites thanks again
Published 10 months ago by bryan sullivan
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty average A&C comedy
A slight plot and a bunch of old gags revisited, "The Noose Hangs High" is a fairly standard Abbott & Costello comedy. But that's not bad, especially for fans. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ramsey Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!
Well, our family knew Lou Cristillo/Costello. I own all his movies on DVD now. I miss America, the way it was. It's all gone now, almost entirely. Read more
Published on March 18, 2012 by JeffandKim
5.0 out of 5 stars The Noose Hangs Loose
A great movie. Abbott and Costello are a comedy team that is hard to beat. Thanks again for an enjoyable show and your fanstastic service that you provide to us.
Published on April 12, 2011 by Charlotte K. Whaley
1.0 out of 5 stars Why buy a DVD-R of this title?
I love Abbott and Costello, and this is a film that you will certainly enjoy. However, I'm not sure why anyone would want to buy a DVD-R of this title when a factory pressed... Read more
Published on September 20, 2010 by Jim Kraizel
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