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Jack and the Beanstalk (1952)

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Abbott & Costello's version of the famous fairy tale, about a young boy who trades the family cow for magic beans.

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Mr. Dinkel / Mr. Dinkelpuss (as Abbott)
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Jack / Jack Strong (as Costello)
Buddy Baer ...
Sgt. Riley / The Giant
Shaye Cogan ...
Eloise Larkin / Princess Eloise / Darlene
James Alexander ...
Arthur / Prince Arthur
Dorothy Ford ...
Receptionist / Polly
Barbara Brown ...
Mrs. Strong
David Stollery ...
Donald Larkin
William Farnum ...
The King
Johnny Conrad ...
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Arthur Shields ...
Patrick the Harp (voice) (as ?)
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Abbott & Costello's version of the famous fairy tale, about a young boy who trades the family cow for magic beans.

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It's a giant sized joy! See more »


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12 April 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jack y la habichuela gigante  »

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$683,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Rereleased in black-and-white, not color. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Jack mistakes the Giant's shadow for his own, the shadow is directly in front of him. When the camera angle shifts to a side view of Jack and the Giant, their shadows are off to their right sides and cast much smaller. See more »

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[first lines]
Donald: Come in. Oh it's you. I'm sorry Arthur, I thought it was the babysitter.
Arthur: Just what do you have against babysitters?
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Crazy Credits

Instead of the usual "The characters and events depicted are fictitious, etc." disclaimer, are these four simple words, "This is a fable". See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Colgate Comedy Hour: Episode #2.32 (1952) See more »

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Jack and the Beanstalk
Written by Lester Lee and Bob Russell
Sung over the opening credits
Sung again by Lou Costello, Barbara Brown and the Villagers while he is climbing the beanstalk
Danced by Johnny Conrad and The Johnny Conrad Dancers (four women)
Sung in the finale by Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Barbara Brown, James Alexander, Shaye Cogan, and the Villagers
Danced by Johnny Conrad and The Johnny Conrad Dancers
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The best of the team's fifties efforts
17 July 2000 | by (Westchester, New York) – See all my reviews

Abbott and Costello's "Jack and the Beanstalk" was the best of the team's fifties features. Shot around the same time as their television show, it represents one of the two color films they made in their career. The original photography was actually in Eastmancolor. The prints were made in the Super Cinecolor 3 strip process was was similar to Technicolor but grainier and difficult to focus due to the dual emulsion print stock. It looks as if the framing devise might have been filmed in Eastmancolor too but printed on B&W sepia toned stock. I used to watch this picture as a child in syndication and found it amusing and even charming. While a far cry from their pre-1948 movies, I give them a lot of credit for trying something different. The supporting players are fun with Buddy Baer (Jethro's dad) having a ball as the giant. The princess is played by Shaye Coogan who later became a pop singer. James Alexander popped up on their TV show too. One of the campy elements of the film is Johnny Conrad and his dancers who often out of synch during the songs. Consumers should be aware that there are three versions of the film put out by different companies due to it public domain statis. The uncut version was taped from a Preview print,contains extra scenes and runs approx. 82 min. It was released on laserdisc with extras. The standard release cut 78 minute version is also on tape. The cut scenes include a sequence of the butcher arguing with ladies in town and extended versions of the song, "Darlene" and "Dreamer's Cloth". It was re-issued by RKO in B&W in 1961 and used to played in syndication that way for many year. Good luck in hunting a complete version.


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