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Jack and the Beanstalk (1952)

Approved | | 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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Mr. Dinkel / Mr. Dinkelpuss (as Abbott)
... Jack / Jack Strong (as Costello)
... Receptionist / Polly
... Sgt. Riley / The Giant
Barbara Brown ... Mrs. Strong
... Donald Larkin
... The King
... Patrick the Harp (voice)
Shaye Cogan ... Eloise Larkin / Princess Eloise / Darlene
... Arthur / Prince Arthur
Johnny Conrad ... Dancer
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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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Now in Color and Funnier Than Ever! See more »


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12 April 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jack y la habichuela gigante  »

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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

Rereleased in black-and-white, not color. 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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Version of Jack and the Beanstalk (2009) See more »

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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The title should be Abbot and Costello meet Superbaby
17 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

I bought this DVD recently because it was a cheapy and I love A & C. I would say it is pretty funny and action packed if you look at it with the innocence of a child I think you will enjoy it more. If you look at it closely you will see Lou doing a lot (if not all )of his stunts himself which adds greatly to the enjoyment of the picture.The male and female leads are pretty bad and were no threat to Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald in the talent department but the girl is beautiful in a 1950's kind of way.As a big Superman fan , the biggest kick I got out of it is that the baby boy in the beginning of the picture is none other than baby Kal-el from the first episode of the George Reeves TV series "Adventures of Superman" entitled "Superman On Earth". I don't know what this baby's name was since he is not credited in either appearance but it's definitely the same tot.If he was born in 51 he would be in his early fifties now and I'm sure all Superman and A & C fans would like to know his name and what became of him. So if you are out there little Kal-el give a holler!By the way Betty Page fans will enjoy the tall actress who dances with Lou in the film.


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