The Noose Hangs High (1948)

76 mins | Comedy | 17 April 1948

Director:

Charles Barton

Producer:

Charles Barton

Cinematographer:

Charles Van Enger

Editor:

Harry Reynolds

Production Designer:

Edward Ilou
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HISTORY

According to SAB, the title of Charles Grayson and Arthur T. Horman's original screenplay was For Love or Money . The name for the racehorse "Lolly C" probably was based on the film's associate producer, Lolly ... More Less

According to SAB, the title of Charles Grayson and Arthur T. Horman's original screenplay was For Love or Money . The name for the racehorse "Lolly C" probably was based on the film's associate producer, Lolly Cristillo. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
10 Apr 1948.
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Daily Variety
2 Apr 48
p. 3.
Film Daily
5 Apr 48
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Nov 47
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Dec 47
p. 22.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Apr 48
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
28 Feb 48
p. 4079.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
10 Apr 48
p. 4117.
New York Times
29 May 48
p. 8.
Variety
7 Apr 48
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod supv
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Adpt from a scr by
Adpt from a scr by
Orig story
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Cost supv
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Spec art eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Hair styling
Hair styling
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 April 1948
Production Date:
mid November--mid December 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Industries, inc.
Copyright Date:
4 March 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1578
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
76
Length(in feet):
6,884
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12916
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Ted Higgins and his pal Homer, two window washers in New York City, are mistaken for messengers by a tough gambler named Mike Craig and instructed to pick up fifty-thousand dollars in cash from a Mr. Stewart. After Stewart hands over the money, his thugs follow Ted and Homer, and Homer ducks into a mail room and mails the money to Craig. When they report to Craig, he believes that they stole his money and holds them hostage all night in his office. The next morning, Ted and Homer anxiously await the arrival of the money in the mail, but the envelope contains only a face powder sample. While Homer wasn't looking, the envelope was accidentally switched and became part of a massive promotional mailing for a cosmetics company. Craig then gives Ted and Homer forty-eight hours to come up with the money. While being tailed by Craig's thugs, Ted and Homer hunt down the recipient of their original envelope, and it turns out to be Carol Blair, a personal secretary. Carol explains apologetically that she has spent almost all of the money, and begs Craig to give Ted and Homer more time. Craig, who needs the money to pay back his bookie, J. C. McBride, calls McBride for an extension, and McBride, who by reputation never loses, gives him a 30:1 racing tip on a horse called "Lolly C." Carol, Ted and Homer go with the remaining cash to the racetrack and bet on Lolly C, but McBride changes his bet at the last minute and Lolly C loses. Meanwhile, they meet McBride at the track, but he introduces himself as ... +


Ted Higgins and his pal Homer, two window washers in New York City, are mistaken for messengers by a tough gambler named Mike Craig and instructed to pick up fifty-thousand dollars in cash from a Mr. Stewart. After Stewart hands over the money, his thugs follow Ted and Homer, and Homer ducks into a mail room and mails the money to Craig. When they report to Craig, he believes that they stole his money and holds them hostage all night in his office. The next morning, Ted and Homer anxiously await the arrival of the money in the mail, but the envelope contains only a face powder sample. While Homer wasn't looking, the envelope was accidentally switched and became part of a massive promotional mailing for a cosmetics company. Craig then gives Ted and Homer forty-eight hours to come up with the money. While being tailed by Craig's thugs, Ted and Homer hunt down the recipient of their original envelope, and it turns out to be Carol Blair, a personal secretary. Carol explains apologetically that she has spent almost all of the money, and begs Craig to give Ted and Homer more time. Craig, who needs the money to pay back his bookie, J. C. McBride, calls McBride for an extension, and McBride, who by reputation never loses, gives him a 30:1 racing tip on a horse called "Lolly C." Carol, Ted and Homer go with the remaining cash to the racetrack and bet on Lolly C, but McBride changes his bet at the last minute and Lolly C loses. Meanwhile, they meet McBride at the track, but he introduces himself as Julius Caesar, and they do not realize who he is. McBride quickly befriends the trio, and that night, all four dine at an expensive restaurant, where Ted and Homer hope to get arrested for not paying the check in order to avoid Craig's vicious thugs. Craig arrives and hauls them away to a sand and gravel company before Carol realizes that Julius Caesar is McBride. Carol, meanwhile, has won $50,000 from McBride in penny bets at the bar, and they go to settle the debt. Craig is about to have Ted and Homer's feet stuck in cement and thrown into the river when Carol arrives with McBride and saves them. Ted and Homer demand payment from Craig for their original messenger service, then push him and his thugs into the wet cement for prints of their backsides. Carol then kisses Homer. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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