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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 ...
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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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The car Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are driving in the early black-and-white section of the movie is a 1951 Henry J, which was manufactured by the Kaiser-Frazer Motor Co. and named for founder Henry J. Kaiser. In addition to being bought from an authorized dealer, the car could also be ordered through the Sears-Roebuck mail-order catalog, although its name was changed from "Henry J" to "Allstate". 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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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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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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Bud and Lou are Off to See the Giant...
22 March 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

The often-told fable gets amusingly tweaked with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in the leads, singing, dancing, and messing with a really nasty ogre. Opening in sepia tone, Bud and Lou somehow walk into a job as babysitters for a problem child; Lou wants a bedtime story read to him, quickly falling asleep and dreaming he and his mother live in a colorful storybook village, growing a magical beanstalk and attempting to rescue a kidnapped princess from a giant. Devised and co-produced by Lou's brother, Pat, this was an independently-financed production from the comedy duo which Warner Bros. distributed. It has some kooky songs and even kookier sequences (such as a masochistic Minuet between Lou and the giant's equally lanky female cook), but it does appear as a paste-up job. Filmed in just over three weeks, some of the scenes are so sloppy, one doesn't know if they were hastily left that way or if the clumsiness was perhaps intentional (the editing, too, is awful, leaving the cook and her cow behind in fantasy limbo). The sets, leftovers from Ingrid Bergman's "Joan of Arc", are fine, but the costumes are atrocious--hopefully, this venture scared Costello away from tights for the remainder of his life! It's kinda cute in a bumbling, ramshackle sort of way, and Lou gets a lot of funny business to do, but it isn't as imaginative as it should have been. ** from ****


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