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Jack and the Beanstalk (1952)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 12 April 1952 (USA)
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)
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Sgt. Riley / The Giant
Shaye Cogan ...
Eloise Larkin / Princess Eloise / Darlene
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Arthur / Prince Arthur
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Receptionist / Polly
Barbara Brown ...
Mrs. Strong
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Donald Larkin
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The King
Johnny Conrad ...
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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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A comic twist to a classic tale! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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12 April 1952 (USA)  »

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Jack y la habichuela gigante  »

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$683,000 (estimated)
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| (TCM print) | (restored)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Sepiatone)| (Supercinecolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The makeup and lipstick on Henrietta the cow disappears between shots. 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 »

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Referenced in Sam & Cat: #TextingCompetition (2013) See more »

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I Fear Nothing
Written by Lester Lee and Bob Russell
Sung by Lou Costello in a scene with Buddy Baer with animal voices provided by Mel Blanc
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A wonderful comic vehicle.
12 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Abbott and Costello's talents shine in the happily childish version of "Jack and the Beanstalk". The use of sepia tone and colour, the music and choreography, song and dance, the crossing over of players from one role to another, plus various other aspects of this very fine movie make it obvious that techniques and styles used for "The Wizard of Oz" are being toyed with here. And that works right well for our intrepid duo. There are certain other things involved that make this movie a treat for me ... Buddy Baer's, Max Baer Jr. of "The Beverly Hillbillies" uncle, appearance as the cop and the giant. Pat Costello, Lou's brother, having been involved in the writing of the script. These things help make this film fun. It does, however, have it's down side. I do think that the choreography is poorly done. But the cute tunes and accompanying vocals help detract from the rather sloppy dance numbers. Some of the players, the couple in love ( prince and princess ) to be precise, aren't very good at their trade. But these things are a small price to pay for an otherwise throughly enjoyable walk down the yellow brick ... er, I mean ... climb up the beanstalk.


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