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Jack and the Beanstalk (1952)



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Abbott and Costello took an unwise change of pace by making this children's musical based on the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale. It's not funny, nor is it especially magical, and thus it amounts to little more than a poor man's The Wizard of Oz. The movie starts with Costello babysitting a brainy kid. The kid reads Costello a story -- Costello can't read the big words -- and the film cuts to the fairy tale, which is filmed in color. Syrupy, with pathetically staged dance sequences and conspicuously unmoving songs, it's doubtful anyone but the youngest of children will find anything to enjoy in this.