Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

Director: Jean Yarbrough Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Buddy Baer


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In 1952, the comedy team of Abbott and Costello entered into a joint agreement with producer Alex Gottlieb and Warner Brothers, whereby two color musical comedies would be produced: Bud Abbott would serve as producer--owner of one of the films, while Lou Costello would do same for the other. Costello's contribution to this agreement was Jack and the Beanstalk, a kiddie-matinee adaptation of the famed fairy tale. Constructed along the lines of The Wizard of Oz, the film begins in black and white. Jack (Costello) is a professional baby-sitter, while Dink (Abbott) is Jack's "agent." After a run-in with a gargantuan cop (Buddy Baer) and a statuesque waitress (Dorothy Ford), Jack and Dink show up at the home of Eloise Larkin (Shaye Cogan), there to look after Eloise's troublesome nephew Donald (David Stollery) while the girl and her boyfriend Arthur Royal (James Alexander) rehearse at their community theatre. While reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk to the bratty Donald, Jack falls asleep, and begins dreaming himself, and his cohorts, into the story as the impoverished boy sent out to sell the family cow. While en route to town with his cow, he encounters a shady butcher (Abbott) who bilks him out of his broken-down bovine for the price of a few 'magic' beans. In keeping with the traditional tale, Jack plants the beans and from them a magnificent vine grows and reaches into the clouds. Along with the butcher, Jack climbs into a fantastic world inhabited by a terrifying giant (Baer) and other magical creatures, including a gold egg-laying hen, a singing harp, and a distressed prince and princess.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2015
UPC: 0644827130924
Original Release: 1952
Source: Reel Vault
Sales rank: 28,995

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bud Abbott Dinklepuss
Lou Costello Jack
Buddy Baer Giant,Sgt. Riley
Dorothy Ford Polly
Shaye Cogan Eloise Larkin,Princess
James Alexander Arthur Royal,Prince
Barbara Brown Mother
David Stollery Donald
William Farnum The King
Johnny Conrad and Dancers Actor
Joe Kirk Villager

Technical Credits
Jean Yarbrough Director
Felix Adler Original Story
McClure Capps Art Director
Pat Costello Original Story
Nathaniel Curtis Screenwriter
Alex Gottlieb Producer
Otho Lovering Editor
George Robinson Cinematographer
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer

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Jack and the Beanstalk 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is so funny, and i'm so glad that I found it on dvd. I watched it so much when I was a kid that I ruined the vhs. Abbott and Costello are one of the funiest comedy pairs.