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Jack and the Beanstalk (1967 film)
Directed by Gene Kelly
Produced by Joseph Barbera
William Hanna
Gene Kelly
Bill Perez
Arthur Pierson
Written by Larry Markes
Michael Morris
Starring Gene Kelly
Boby Riha
Ted Cassidy
Marian McKnight
Marni Nixon
Chris Allen
Dick Beals
Leo DeLyon
Cliff Norton
Janet Waldo
Music by Lennie Hayton
Cinematography Hal Mohr
Editing by Warner E. Leighton
Studio Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributed by National Broadcasting Company
Warner Home Video
Release date(s) February 26, 1967
Running time 51 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Jack and the Beanstalk is a 1967 live-action/animated-hybrid musical-themed telefilm that was produced and directed by and starred Gene Kelly. It was executive produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It is a retelling of the popular fairy tale that mixes both live action and animation. The film premiered on NBC on February 26, 1967.

The songs, written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, included "Half-Past April and a Quarter to May", "It's Been Nice", "What Does a Woggle Bird Do?" and "One Starry Moment".

The special won the 1967 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Children's Program".


The adventure begins when Jack (Bobby Riha) trades his cow for some magic beans from peddler Jeremy Keen (Gene Kelly). The beans sprout a beanstalk high into the clouds, and Jack and Jeremy climb it to discover a giant (voiced by Ted Cassidy), a goose that lays golden eggs, and Princess Serena (voiced by Janet Waldo and sung by Marni Nixon) who is trapped in a harp by a magic spell and can only be released by a kiss.


  • Bobby Riha as Jack
    • Dick Beals as Jack (singing voice)
  • Ted Cassidy as The Giant
  • Marian McKnight as Jack's Mother/Serena
  • Janet Waldo Princess Serena
  • Gene Kelly as Jeremy Keen, Proprietor
  • Chris Allen as Mouse
  • Leo DeLyon as Woggle-Bird #1
  • Cliff Norton as Woggle-Bird #2
  • Don Messick as Cat, Mice (uncredited)
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