Jack and the Beanstalk is a 1952 American family film comedy film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. It is a comic revision of the classic Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale.
Bud Abbott as Mr. Dinkle/Mr. Dinklepuss
Lou Costello as Jack
Dorothy Ford as Polly/The housekeeper
Buddy Baer as The Giant
Shaye Cogan as Eloise Larkin/The Princess/Darlene
David Stollery as Donald Larkin
James Alexander as Arthur/The Prince
Barbara Brown as Mrs. Strong
William Farnum as The King
Mel Blanc as animals, the Harp
Jack and the Beanstalk was filmed from 9 July through 2 August 1951. Like The Wizard of Oz (1939 film), 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 cinecolor 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.
Since Universal Studios 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.
A soundtrack, including songs and dialogue, was released on Decca Records on June 9, 1952.