Jack and the Beanstalk (1967 film)

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.[1] The film premiered on NBC on February 26, 1967.[2]

Jack and the Beanstalk
Directed byGene Kelly
Written byLarry Markes
Michael Morris
Produced byJoseph Barbera
William Hanna
Gene Kelly
Bill Perez
Arthur Pierson
StarringGene Kelly
Boby Riha
Ted Cassidy
Marian McKnight
Marni Nixon
Chris Allen
Dick Beals
Leo DeLyon
Cliff Norton
Janet Waldo
CinematographyHal Mohr
Edited byWarner E. Leighton
Music byLennie Hayton
Distributed byNational Broadcasting Company
Release date
  • February 26, 1967 (1967-02-26)
Running time
51 minutes
CountryUnited States

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".[3]

The special won the 1967 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Children's Program".[4]


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.



  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2013). "Jack and the Beanstalk (1967)". Television Specials: 5,336 Entertainment Programs, 1936-2012, 2d ed. McFarland. p. 201. ISBN 9780786474448. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  2. ^ Woolery, George W. (1989). Animated TV Specials: The Complete Directory to the First Twenty-Five Years, 1962-1987. Scarecrow Press. pp. 223–224. ISBN 0-8108-2198-2. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  3. ^ Sennett, Ted (1989). The Art of Hanna-Barbera: Fifty Years of Creativity. Studio. p. 189. ISBN 978-0670829781. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Jack and the Beanstalk". Emmys. Television Academy. Retrieved 29 January 2018.

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