JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (1952)
Article #1549 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-11-2005
Posting Date: 11-8-2005
Directed by Jean Yarbrough
Featuring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Buddy Baer
A babysitter imagines himself living the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
Is it a fairy tale or an Abbott and Costello movie? It’s more of the latter, really; if the movie didn’t feature Lou Costello as the hero, I don’t think it would have been of much interest to me as a child, especially since at that time I would have been enormously disappointed by the fact that the giant was nothing more than a really tall guy. It’s not one of their best, relying as it does on mostly physical slapstick, which was never a real strength with Bud and Lou. Still, I think it’s a lot better than SNOW WHITE AND THE THREE STOOGES. Two observations: I wonder where they got the idea to film the opening and ending sequences in tinted black and white and the middle in color? Also, I couldn’t help but notice that the talking harp is so annoying that no one decides to make off with it during the course of the movie.