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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.

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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Be happy go wacky! See more »


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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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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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 »

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Soundtracks

He Never Looked Better In His Life
Written by Lester Lee and Bob Russell
Sung by the Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, James Alexander, Shaye Cogan and Villagers
Danced by Johnny Conrad and The Johnny Conrad Dancers
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Wonderful bean-planting
25 April 2004 | by chouchoulaneSee all my reviews

I turn to this movie when I'm feeling down. My 5-year old niece (with no prompting from me) prefers it to any Disney you care to name. It's one of those movies that's so bad it's brilliant. And why Jack's Mother's line, uttered in sheer frustration, "Plant the Beans, Jack!" has not become a revered movie catchphrase I'll never know. I always shout "Plant the Beans, Jack!" at the Kiefer Sutherland character in "24", especially when he's a little slow on the uptake. Abbott and Costello's "Jack and the Beanstalk" is a little gem and does not deserve the criticism levelled at it on IMDB. The humour may be basic, the characters may be of the cardboard variety, but the director has managed to create a special little world that children and adults can enjoyable enter .


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