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The 1952 family film Jack and the Beanstalk is a take on the classic fairy tale by the same name featuring Bud Abbott as Mr. Dinkel and Lou Costello as Jack Strong. Unemployed, Mr. Dinkel and Jack take up a baby-sitting job for the young David Stollery. When David insists on reading his own bedtime story, causing Jack to fall asleep and dreams of himself as Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk.

Jack is told by his mother to sell their cow and ends up selling for magical beans. After being scolded by his mother for being so foolish, Jack proceeds to bury the beans which sprout into a beanstalk to the heaves. Accompanied by his butcher, the real-life Mr. Dinkel, the two embark to the land in the clouds. Upon arrival they realize the prince and princess of the castle in the clouds are being held captive by an evil giant. In addition, this giant has a goose that lays golden eggs. Seeing his redemption in returning home with the wealth his mother and him so desperately need, Jack is determined to steal the goose and set things right in the land of the clouds.

Jack is soon confronted by the giant and beaten for trying to undermine his ruling of the castle. With Mr. Dinkel's help, Jack is able retrieve the goose and flee the castle before enduring the wrath of the angry giant. Racing down the beanstalk, Jack and Mr. Dinkel reach the bottom, but the giant is following close behind. Grabbing an axe, Jack begins frantically chopping the beanstalk down. With the final blow, the beanstalk collapsed and the giant comes plummeting to the ground.

This film blends original songs, dances, and a variety of cinematic features when released to audiences, such as a contrast of black and white film against a color film to differentiate the story lines of Jack's fantasy and reality.

| 1952 | 1 hr 18 min | 6.0/10
Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Buddy Baer, Dorothy Ford
Jean Yarbrough
Produced By
Alex Gottlieb, Pat Costello, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello

Also starring Lou Costello

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