Jack and the Beanstalk (1902)

10m [at 16-18 fps], 190.50 metres
35mm film, black and white, hand-coloured

An American fantasy film directed by George S. Fleming and Edwin S. Porter. It is the earliest known film version of the story.

Plot Summary

Jack sells the family cow to a peasant for some but his angry mother throws them into the garden where they grow into a gigantic beanstalk thanks to the intervention of a fairy. She visits Jack in his and tells him the secret of the hen that lays the . The next day Jack climbs the beanstalk and, guided by the fairy, finds his way to a giant's castle where he steals the hen. The giant awakes and chases him but Jack reaches the ground first and chops down the beanstalk, causing the giant to fall to his death.


Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter
Edison Manufacturing Company
Photography: Edwin S. Porter
Set Designer: George S. Fleming

Thomas White (Jack)

Alternative Titles

Babszem Jankó – Hungary
Jack y la habichuela gigante – Venezuela



  • Horror in Silent Films: A Filmography, 1896-1929 by Roy Kinnard p.14
  • Motion Pictures from the Library of Congress Paper Print Collection 1894-1912 by Kemp R. Niver, edited by Bebe Bergsten p.196
  • by Walt Lee p.227 – credits