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HISTORY

Most of the actors and actresses in this film were children. According to the NYT , this was intended as the first of a series of films based on fairy tales to be made by Fox. Several sources list Frank Good as the cameraman for this film, but only Wid's also lists Harry Gerstad. Among the many other film adaptations of the fairy tale are: the 1904 short directed by Edwin S. Porter; the 1931 animated short directed by Dave Fleischer; Disney's 1947 animated feature Fun and Fancy Free , which contained a segment based on "Jack and the Beanstalk;" and the 1952 Warner Bros. feature, starring Abbott and Costello and directed by Jean ... More Less

Most of the actors and actresses in this film were children. According to the NYT , this was intended as the first of a series of films based on fairy tales to be made by Fox. Several sources list Frank Good as the cameraman for this film, but only Wid's also lists Harry Gerstad. Among the many other film adaptations of the fairy tale are: the 1904 short directed by Edwin S. Porter; the 1931 animated short directed by Dave Fleischer; Disney's 1947 animated feature Fun and Fancy Free , which contained a segment based on "Jack and the Beanstalk;" and the 1952 Warner Bros. feature, starring Abbott and Costello and directed by Jean Yarbrough. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
11 Aug 17
p. 787.
Motog
25 Aug 17
p. 425.
MPN
18 Aug 17
p. 1151, 1275
MPW
13 Oct 17
p. 247.
MPW
1 Sep 17
p. 1430.
New York Times
31 Jul 17
p. 7.
NYDM
11 Aug 17
p. 18.
Variety
3 Aug 17
p. 23.
Wid's
10 Aug 17
p. 652.
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 July 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 July 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11200
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A prologue introduces two young children, Francis and Virginia, who listen to the story of "Jack and the Beanstalk." In the mythical village of Cornwall, young Jack sells his mother's cow for a sack of beans instead of for the money which they so badly need. Angered by his bad judgement, the mother throws the sack out the window. During the night, the beans, which are magic, begin to sprout until they turn into a magnificent vine that reaches up above the clouds. Because Jack's fairy godmother has told him that fortune awaits him at the top of the stalk, Jack climbs the vine in search of adventure. At the top, Jack encounters a land where the people are held prisoner by a huge giant. The fairy godmother then tells Jack that he must kill the giant in order to gain all of the country's wealth. After many tribulations, Jack causes the giant's death when he chops down the beanstalk, thus freeing the people and enabling Jack to marry Princess Regina, who was being held prisoner by the ... +


A prologue introduces two young children, Francis and Virginia, who listen to the story of "Jack and the Beanstalk." In the mythical village of Cornwall, young Jack sells his mother's cow for a sack of beans instead of for the money which they so badly need. Angered by his bad judgement, the mother throws the sack out the window. During the night, the beans, which are magic, begin to sprout until they turn into a magnificent vine that reaches up above the clouds. Because Jack's fairy godmother has told him that fortune awaits him at the top of the stalk, Jack climbs the vine in search of adventure. At the top, Jack encounters a land where the people are held prisoner by a huge giant. The fairy godmother then tells Jack that he must kill the giant in order to gain all of the country's wealth. After many tribulations, Jack causes the giant's death when he chops down the beanstalk, thus freeing the people and enabling Jack to marry Princess Regina, who was being held prisoner by the giant. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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