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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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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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BUD and LOU in GIANTLAND! (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »


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Release Date:

12 April 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jack y la habichuela gigante  »

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Budget:

$683,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (TCM print) | (restored)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Sepiatone)| (Supercinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made an independent, two-picture deal in which they agreed that this was to be "Lou's film" and the next to be "Bud's". They retained individual ownership of the respective films. See more »

Goofs

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

Dreamer's Cloth
Written by Lester Lee and Bob Russell
Sung by James Alexander and Shaye Cogan
Comic dance by Lou Costello and Dorothy Ford
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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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