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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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 ...
Dancer
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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Release Date:

12 April 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jack y la habichuela gigante  »

Box Office

Budget:

$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

This is the first of only two color movies that Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made (the other being Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)). It begins in sepiatone and then changes to color. See more »

Goofs

All the cooking utensils and many of the other items (including wall decorations) are normal-sized (not giant-sized) in the castle. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

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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very good Abbott and Costello movie
15 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've loved this movie since I was a little kid. I remember the night my mother brought this movie home for me. I loved it and I still do. I think it's very funny and original. There are also some very catchy tunes in this movie. Lou is also a surprisingly good singer. The actors that portray Prince Arthur and Princess Eloise are okay too, but Abbott and Costello are the best. Former heavyweight boxing sensation Buddy Baer, also brother of former heavyweight champion Max Baer is good in this movie as the cop and The giant. He's a better actor than boxer. He had a natural talent. The beginning of this movie is hilarious how Lou Costello keeps crashing the car and how he gets into trouble with Buddy Baer. The slapstick in the house is good too. I especially like the comedy in the Giant's castle. My favorite parts are; the part were Lou is climbing the beanstalk and they're all singing as a farewell. Jack is singing back to them that he'll return. Lou Costello is a very good at singing. My other favorite part is the part when Jack is fighting with the Giant. I like when Jack makes exploding eggs and when he tries to make the Giant an omelet they keep exploding. Abbott and Costello are hilarious and the greatest comedians of all time. This is only one of their great movies that I will love and cherish. The reviews for this movie aren't very good and I can't understand why. This is a very good Abbott and Costello movie. I also love how Lou Costello comes back to reality in the end and thinks he's back in the dream when Bud hits him. He starts singing his song and leaves with an attitude like no one is going to push me around. Very good movie.


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