Jack and the Beanstalk (1902 film)

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Jack and the Beanstalk
Directed by George S. Fleming
Edwin S. Porter
Produced by Edison Studios
Starring See below
Cinematography Edwin S. Porter
Release date
Running time
10 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Jack and the Beanstalk (fragment)

Jack and the Beanstalk is a 1902 American short film directed by George S. Fleming and Edwin S. Porter.

Plot summary[edit]

In this earliest known adaptation of the classic fairytale, Jack first trades his cow for the bean. His mother then makes him drop them in the front yard, and go to his room. As he sleeps, Jack is visited by a fairy who shows him glimpses of what will await him when he ascends the bean stalk. In this version, Jack is the son of a deposed king.

When Jack wakes up, he finds the beanstalk has grown and he climbs to the top where he enters the giant's home. The giant finds Jack, who narrowly escapes. The giant chases Jack down the bean stalk, but Jack is able to cut it down before the giant can get to safety. He falls and is killed. Jack celebrates. The fairy then reveals that Jack may return home as a prince.


  • Thomas White as Jack

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