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The film's onscreen title card reads: "Abbott and Costello in Jack and the Beanstalk." In the opening credits, the character, "Patrick the Harp," is listed as a cast member. In the film, the character is represented by an elaborate carving of a face on top of the musical instrument. Arthur Shields provided the harp's voice. The film, which was produced by Lou Costello's company, was shot entirely at the Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, CA. The baby-sitting scene of the picture, which was filmed in sepia tone, was written by Lou Costello's brother Pat, who, according to Warner Bros. production notes, got the idea while reading to his four-year-old daughter.
Brief animation sequences appear in the fantasy portion of the film, which was Abbott and Costello's first color production. The world premiere was held in Costello's home town, Patterson, NJ. Although the opening credits claim to "introduce" Shaye Cogan and James Alexander, Jack and the Beanstalk did not mark Cogan's film debut. She first appeared in the 1951 Universal-International production Comin' Round the Mountain, which also starred Abbott and Costello (see entry above). Modern sources include Hank Mann in the cast.