Jack and the Beanstalk (1952)




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After Lou Costello sells his family's cow to crooked Bud Abbott, the two climb a magic beanstalk into a magical world.
Classics , Comedy , Kids & Family , Musical & Performing Arts , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Bud Abbott
as Mr. Dinkel/Mr. Dinkelpuss
Lou Costello
as Jack/Jack Strong
Buddy Baer
as Sgt. Riley/The Giant
William Farnum
as The King
Barbara Brown
as Mother
Shaye Cogan
as Eloise Larkin/Princess
James Alexander
as Arthur Royal/Prince
Dorothy Ford
as Receptionist/Polly
Joe Kirk
as Villager
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Critic Reviews for Jack and the Beanstalk

All Critics (7)

Even as kids movie, weak A&C.

November 1, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Fee, fi, fo, flop!

July 22, 2004
Film Threat

Bud and Lou running on fumes.

August 14, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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Full Review… | April 24, 2012
Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review Database

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August 22, 2005

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February 8, 2004
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Audience Reviews for Jack and the Beanstalk


A clever and funny spoof of the Wizard of Oz. Takes the same transition from black and white to color. True it isn't perfect, still you got to admire the duo's choice in making this film. A&C are as always the best, funny gags, interesting plot points, and a great cast makes it all worth while.

Hayden Larsen
Hayden Larsen

The tale of Jack and the Beanstalk told through the comedic genius of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Costello gets a babysitting job and while telling the fable to his charge, falls asleep and dreams that he is Jack. The movie is pretty faithful to the fable. Abbott plays a shady butcher who buys the family cow from Jack for a few magic beans. Costello/Jack plants them and the next day he climbs the beanstalk to retrieve the golden goose from the Giant. Along the way he encounters the Prince and Princess who were imprisoned by the Giant and the cast engages in a number of musical comedy numbers. There are also the typical Abbott and Costello slapstick routines. People who are familiar with the other Abbott and Costello movies and their television show will find this movie familiar. While it is not their best work -- this does not come close to some of their Abbott and Costello Meet movies -- unless you are not a fan of slapstick comedy, you will not be disappointed.

John Tandlich
John Tandlich

Weird, but not in a good way. I guess I'm just not a fan of Abbott and Costello humor.

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