The Noose Hangs High gives Abbott & Costello full opportunity to display their fine slapstick art.

The Noose Hangs High gives Abbott & Costello full opportunity to display their fine slapstick art.

Routines, despite their age, have a freshness that wallops the risibilities in the artful hands of the comics. All of the gags are good with several that reach the acme of hilarious nonsense. Such a one is the on-and-off pants routine, a display of apt timing and high comedy talent. Another is the oldie, ‘you can’t be here’, played to top results.

A lot of writers had their hands in the plotting, but the story line is only a thread upon which to hang the A&C routines. Pic kicks off with window-washing setup that has the boys fumbling on a high window ledge. From there it moves into a mistaken-identity theme, involving comics with gambling syndicate and a missing $50,000 bet.

The Noose Hangs High

Production

Eagle Lion. Director Charles Barton; Producer Charles Barton; Screenplay John Grant, Howard Harris; Camera Charles Van Enger; Editor Harry Reynolds; Music Walter Schumann; Art Director Edward L. Ilou

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1948. Running time: 77 MIN.

With

Lou Costello Bud Abbott Cathy Downs Joseph Calleia Leon Errol
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