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Jack and the Beanstalk
(1952)

Country: USA

Genre: Comedy, Fairy Tale, Family

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Synopsis

Dinkle (Bud Abbott) and Jack (Lou Costello) are assigned by their employment agency to babysit for Eloise Larkin's brother Donald (David Stollery) whilst Eloise and her fiancé are out for the evening. The babysitting duties are complicated by the fact that Donald is something of a prodigy, as well as a self-proclaimed "problem child". The dull-witted Jack is soon outclassed by the child, and an attempt to lull the boy to sleep by reading aloud the fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk" (Jack's "favourite novel") fails when Jack stumbles over the larger words. Bemused by Jack's incompetence, Donald reads the story instead - a role-reversal made complete when Jack falls asleep as Donald reads. In his slumber, Jack dreams that he is the young Jack of the fairy tale, who trades the family cow for some magic beans...

Notes

  • David Stollery features in the scenes which bookend this movie, which were processed in sepia tone (though many of the DVD releases of this movie present these scenes in black-and-white). The fairy tale sequence which constitutes the main body of this movie is in colour.
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Cast

  • Bud Abbott
    (Mr. Dinkel/Mr. Dinkelpuss)
  • Lou Costello
    (Jack/Jack Strong)
  • Buddy Baer
    (Sgt. Riley/The Giant)
  • Shaye Cogan
    (Eloise Larkin/Princess Eloise/Darlene)
  • James Alexander
    (Arthur/Prince Arthur)
  • Dorothy Ford
    (Receptionist/Polly)
  • Barbara Brown
    (Mrs. Strong)
  • David Stollery
    (Donald Larkin)
  • William Farnum
    (The King)
  • Johnny Conrad
    (Dancer)
  • Arthur Shields
    (Patrick the Harp - voice only)

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