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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25 April 2004 | chouchoulane
Wonderful bean-planting
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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Did You Know?


It's estimated that an egg displaces 68 cubic centimeters (cc). Gold has a density of 19.32 g/cm. So a solid gold would weigh 1.314Kg (2.89 pounds/2 pounds, 14 ounces). So the value of one of the golden goose's eggs could be estimated by multiplying the price (which is given in cost per ounce) of gold times 46.1 ounces.


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?


Obvious dummies are used for the catapult escapees.

Crazy Credits

Instead of the usual "The characters and events depicted are fictitious, etc." disclaimer, are these four simple words, "This is a fable".

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.


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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Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Musical | Romance

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