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Jack and the Beanstalk (1952)

Abbott & Costello's version of the famous fairy tale, about a young boy who trades the family cow for magic beans.

Director:

Jean Yarbrough

Writers:

Nathaniel Curtis (screenplay) (as Nat Curtis), Pat Costello (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Mr. Dinkel / Mr. Dinkelpuss (as Abbott)
Lou Costello ... Jack / Jack Strong (as Costello)
Dorothy Ford ... Receptionist / Polly
Buddy Baer ... Sgt. Riley / The Giant
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Mrs. Strong
David Stollery ... Donald Larkin
William Farnum ... The King
Arthur Shields ... Patrick the Harp (voice)
Shaye Cogan Shaye Cogan ... Eloise Larkin / Princess Eloise / Darlene
James Alexander ... Arthur / Prince Arthur
Johnny Conrad 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 »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack y la habichuela gigante See more »

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Budget:

$683,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print) | (restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)| Color (Supercinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of William Farnum. 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 »

Alternate Versions

Original press screenings featured a print that ran 83 minutes and 45 seconds. An uncut 35mm preview print survives in a private archive, but has not been released on DVD. The deleted sequences include some dialogue between Jack and his mother about how to bid while selling the cow and his strange choice to give a male name to a cow; an extra section of 'Dreamer's Cloth' sung by the Princess and the complete song 'Darlene'. Some video versions have parts of the missing scenes, but not all missing sequences. See more »

Connections

Version of Jack and the Beanstalk (1917) See more »

Soundtracks

Darlene
Written by Lester Lee and Bob Russell
Sung by James Alexander to Shaye Cogan
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an interesting film
14 July 2006 | by capricorn9See all my reviews

Just purchased this film on DVD along with their Africa Screams for $4.99! While it does turn out to be the full 81 minute version it is a very bad print It is still worth having in a collection and a joy to watch. Abbott looks tired though but a surprise to see Costello jumping around and carrying on, although I know a lot of it was stunt work. The disc also has a cute trivia section and BIOS. The above review mentions the giant as Max Baer Sr (Jethro's father) but the IMDb lists him as Buddy Baer, Max's brother. Of course the change from sepia to colour is very reminiscent of Oz and watching it one could almost think it was made around the same time, but it's 1952!


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