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Jack And The Beanstalk (1952)
Starring Abbott and Costello

Beautiful color print and will play in all DVD players.
In 1952, the comedy team of Abbott and Costello entered into a joint agreement with producer Alex Gottlieb and Warner Brothers, whereby two color musical comedies would be produced: Bud Abbott would serve as producer--owner of one of the films, while Lou Costello would do same for the other. Costello's contribution to this agreement was Jack and the Beanstalk, a kiddie-matinee adaptation of the famed fairy tale. Constructed along the lines of The Wizard of Oz, the film begins in black and white. Jack (Costello) is a professional baby-sitter, while Dink (Abbott) is Jack's "agent." After a run-in with a gargantuan cop (Buddy Baer) and a statuesque waitress (Dorothy Ford), Jack and Dink show up at the home of Eloise Larkin (Shaye Cogan), there to look after Eloise's troublesome nephew Donald (David Stollery) while the girl and her boyfriend Arthur Royal (James Alexander) rehearse at their community theatre. While reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk to the bratty Donald, Jack falls asleep, and begins dreaming himself, and his cohorts, into the story as the impoverished boy sent out to sell the family cow. While en route to town with his cow, he encounters a shady butcher (Abbott) who bilks him out of his broken-down bovine for the price of a few 'magic' beans. In keeping with the traditional tale, Jack plants the beans and from them a magnificent vine grows and reaches into the clouds. Along with the butcher, Jack climbs into a fantastic world inhabited by a terrifying giant (Baer) and other magical creatures, including a gold egg-laying hen, a singing harp, and a distressed prince and princess.
Director: Jean Yarbrough
Writers: Nathaniel Curtis (screenplay), Pat Costello (story)

Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dorothy Ford, Buddy Baer, Barbara Brown, David Stollery, William Farnum, Arthur Shields, Shaye Cogan, James Alexander, Johnny Conrad
Songs include:

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

I Fear Nothing
Written by Lester Lee and Bob Russell
Sung by Lou Costello in a scene with Buddy Baer with animal voices provided by Mel Blanc

Written by Lester Lee and Bob Russell
Sung by James Alexander to Shaye Cogan

Dreamer's Cloth
Written by Lester Lee and Bob Russell
Sung by James Alexander and Shaye Cogan
Comic dance by Lou Costello and Dorothy Ford

He Never Looked Better In His Life
Written by Lester Lee and Bob Russell
Sung by the Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, James Alexander, Shaye Cogan and Villagers
Danced by Johnny Conrad and The Johnny Conrad Dancers
The babysitting scene was written by Lou Costello's brother Pat Costello, who got the idea while reading to his four-year-old daughter.
The car Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are driving in the early black-and-white section of the movie is a 1951 Henry J, which was manufactured by the Kaiser-Frazer Motor Co. and named for founder Henry J. Kaiser. In addition to being bought from an authorized dealer, the car could also be ordered through the Sears-Roebuck mail-order catalog, although its name was changed from "Henry J" to "Allstate".
This is the first of only two color movies that Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made (the other being Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)). 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.
Early in the movie, when Jack (Lou Costello) first meets the employment agency's receptionist (Dorothy Ford), he tells her: "I like girls like you, eyes of blue and five feet two". This is a reference to the refrain of the 1920's popular song, "Has Anybody Seen My Gal?" It's only after she rises from her chair that he realizes his misconception; he is dwarfed by Dorothy Ford's 6' 2'' (1.88 m) full height.
Since Universal would not spend the money to make an Abbott and Costello film in color, the duo decided to do it themselves. Using the agreement with Universal that they could make one independent film per year, they made this film using Costello's company, Exclusive Productions, and the second color film, Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd using Abbott's company, Woodley Productions. Jack and the Beanstalk was filmed from 9 July through 2 August 1951. Like The Wizard of Oz, the film's opening and closing segments were processed in sepia tone, although many of the DVD releases feature these sequences in black and white, while the entire "Jack and the Beanstalk" story was shot in Eastman Color and processed in the SuperCineColor process. Many television stations that aired the film normally transmitted black-and-white shows and movies with color equipment turned off, so they ran the sepia tone openings and closings in black and white while running the color portion in color. In addition, animation is used when showing the beanstalk growing in Jack's backyard.
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