Jack and the Beanstalk, Cartoon followed by Movie (April 12, 1952)

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Lou Costello in Jack and the Beanstalk
 

Released on April 12, 1952: Famous comedy team Bud Abbott and Lou Costello add their humorous personalities to the fairy tale about Jack and the Beanstalk.

Produced by Lou Costello, Pat Costello and Alex Gottlieb

Directed by Jean Yarbrough

The Actors: Bud Abbott (Mr. Dinkel and Mr. Dinkelpuss), Lou Costello (Jack and Jack Strong), Buddy Baer (Sergeant Riley and the Giant), Shaye Cogan (Eloise, Princess Eloise and Darlene), James Alexander (Arthur, Prince Arthur and a troubador), Dorothy Ford (receptionist and Polly), Barbara Brown (Mrs. Strong), David Stollery (Donald), William Farnum (the King), Johnny Conrad (dancer), Arthur Shields (Patrick the harp), Mel Blanc (farm animals voice), Claire Du Brey (villager), Joe Kirk (villager), Hank Mann (villager), Charles Perry (villager), Almira Sessions (Mrs. Mergatroyd), Jack Shea (villager)

 

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The Fairy Princess, The Fair Prince, The Fearful Giant, and the Feckless Peasant

In 1938 two fellows who had created a comedy routine for the Vaudeville/Burlesque circuit got the chance to perform their act on an episode of the Kate Smith Radio Hour. Bud Abbott was tall and thin, and Lou Costello was shorter and plump. When they performed on stage it was easy for the audience to tell them apart and enjoy the humorous dialogue, but radio was different.

On that radio show, the audience didn’t laugh a lot because they only heard their voices, and they were so similar that it was difficult knowing who was talking to whom. Because of that the two comedians made one small change that helped make them unique in the world of comedy. Portly Lou Costello, the gag part of the team, started talking in a high, childish voice, and he became known for that voice and not his real voice.

During the 1940’s and 1950’s they were among the most popular comedians in the nation, with a weekly radio show, tv show, and movies like this one. Their most famous routine, still popular today, was the baseball word-play about ‘Who’s on first?’ You can watch and hear that full routine on the kinescope copy of the 1951 television show here: Colgate Comedy Hour at Jimbo TV —»

You can also listen to their radio program here: Abbott and Costello on the Jimbo Radio web site —»

You can find Vaudeville style humor scattered throughout this movie if you watch for it. To experience classic Vaudeville word-play, pay attention to the dialogue in the scene where the princess and the prince finally meet in the garden of the giant’s castle. If you want to experience Vaudeville sight-gags, pay attention to the hollow log scene a bit later. If you’re a youngster of any age and want to enjoy an hour with one of America’s greatest Vaudeville comedy teams and their version of the fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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Lou Costello
Lou Costello
The Giant's Castle in the clouds
The Giant's Castle in the clouds
Barbara Brown and Almira Sessions
Barbara Brown and Almira Sessions
Barbara Brown
Barbara Brown
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
Bud Abbott
Bud Abbott
Bud Abbott
Bud Abbott
Buddy Baer and Dorothy Ford
Buddy Baer and Dorothy Ford
Buddy Baer
Buddy Baer
David Strollery and Lou Costello
David Strollery and Lou Costello
David Strollery
David Strollery
Dorothy Ford and Lou Costello
Dorothy Ford and Lou Costello
Dorothy Ford and Lou Costello
Dorothy Ford and Lou Costello
Dorothy Ford
Dorothy Ford
James Alexander
James Alexander
James Alexander and Shaye Cogan
James Alexander and Shaye Cogan
James Alexander
James Alexander
Lou Costello and Bud Abbott
Lou Costello and Bud Abbott
Lou Costello and Bud Abbott
Lou Costello and Bud Abbott
Lou Costello and Dorothy Ford
Lou Costello and Dorothy Ford
Lou Costello and Shaye Cogan
Lou Costello and Shaye Cogan
Lou Costello and Shaye Cogan
Lou Costello and Shaye Cogan
Lou Costello and the cow
Lou Costello and the cow
Lou Costello
Lou Costello
Shaye Cogan and William Farnum
Shaye Cogan and William Farnum
The baby sister
The baby sister