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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Bud Abbott, Lou Costello (1952, Image/Turner, partial CAV, sepia/color, unrated, $49.99) In a sepia-tinted framing story lifted straight from The Wizard of Oz, Lou dozes off reading a brat to sleep. He dreams of himself as Jack in a full-color kingdom where silly songs (by Bob Russell and Lester Lee) mix with inept production numbers. (Cranky Bud is little seen.) After the movie, a loving supplemental section exhumes script pages for a scrapped ending far better than the flat one actually filmed: All the fantasy players would have returned as the alter egos set up in the prologue. There’s also a loaded still-frame scrapbook that presents pictures of behind-the-scenes stuff, including how-they-did-it photographs of Lou’s stunt double that make it easier to laugh at the rough slapstick shtick. B

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