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Jack and the Beanstalk

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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello take “Jack and the Beanstalk” to new heights of comedy in this quirky 1952 film. As a last-minute babysitter for “problem child” Donald, Abbott—accompanied by Costello as Mr. Dinkle—is lulled to sleep by a bedtime story. Like Dorothy Gale, he dreams in color a fantastical tale. In it, he and “Dinklepuss” overcome a tyrannical giant and save a village.

Blockbuster comedy team Abbott and Costello worked with Jean Yarborough on this and many other productions. With a knack for meeting deadlines and staying under budget, Yarborough’s low standards didn’t stop him from becoming one of Hollywood’s in-demand directors. Fun fact: Abbott and Costello are the only non-sportsmen honored in the Baseball Hall of Fame for their "Who's On First" routine.

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Leslie Sieburth

Leslie SieburthBiologist Leslie Sieburth of the University of Utah discusses genetic mutation in plants and the film “Jack and the Beanstalk.”


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