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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.
Bud Abbott ... Mr. Dinkel / Mr. Dinkelpuss
Lou Costello ... Jack / Jack Strong
Buddy Baer ... Sgt. Riley / The Giant
Shaye Cogan ... Eloise / Princess Eloise / Darlene
James Alexander ... Arthur / Prince Arthur / Troubador
Dorothy Ford ... Receptionist / Polly
Barbara Brown ... Mrs. Strong
David Stollery ... Donald
William Farnum ... The King
Johnny Conrad ... Dancer
DivX 5 / MP3 : Picture and sound quality are not great as all copies of this film are poor quality. This is the best of them and is definitely watchable.
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello always had a good following among children, but in their careers I think you could say that they only made one film that could be designated for kids. Jack and the Beanstalk was that one film.
It was part of a two picture independent deal from Warner Brothers, the second film being Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd. These were the only two films the boys made in color.
The two of them, out of work as usual, take a job for a very precocious and obnoxious young David Stollery as a babysitter. Although it starts out with Costello wanting to read the kid, Jack and the Beanstalk as a bedtime story, the young lad winds up reading it to Costello. Lou falls asleep and in his dreams he fantasizes he's indeed Jack the Giant Killer.
Buddy Baer who menaced the boys in Africa Screams plays the giant and he's got a giant size Dorothy Ford as his housekeeper. Dorothy was a big girl, 6'2", and you can imagine she had some difficulty being cast except when her height was used as a joke. One of the only players who ever looked down at her was John Wayne in Three Godfathers at 6'4". Henry Fonda and James Stewart in On Our Merry Way also stood barely above her, but again her height was part of a gag.
Shaye Cogan and James Alexander were the princess and prince of the fantasy and they sang beautifully, but couldn't act worth anything. This was the last film of William Farnum who's career dated from the early silent screen days and even to the turn of the last century on stage. He played princess Shaye's father the king.
Some not terribly memorable musical numbers came from Jack and the Beanstalk, save the title song. I well remember as a kid having the 78 record of Bud and Lou singing the song and reciting the story. I was in my early single digit years, but became a lifelong fan of their's through that and their television series.
Jack and the Beanstalk is still a good children's picture for the very young, though I would warn parents to warn their little urchins not to imitate young master Stollery.
With so many negative comments put down to the actual quality of the print, I'm still happy to give this movie a 7. It gave me a lot of laughs and that's more than the greater majority of comedies I've watched over the decades can manage.
One to watch if you get the chance.
* This is the first of only two color movies that Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made. It begins in sepia tone and then changes to color.
* Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made an independent, two-picture deal in which they agreed that this was to be "Lou's film" and the next to be "Bud's". They retained individual ownership of the respective films.
* William Farnum's last movie.
* The car Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are driving in the early black and white section of the movie is a Henry J, which was manufactured by the Kaiser-Frazer motor company and named for founder Henry J. Kaiser.