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Jack and the Beanstalk (1967)

A retelling of the popular fairy tale that mixes live action and animation.


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Director: Barry Mahon
Stars: Mitch Poulos, Dorothy Stokes, Renato Boracherro


Credited cast:
Jeremy Keen, Proprietor (Peddler)
The Giant (voice)
Marian McKnight ...
Princess Serena (singing voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Allen ...
Mouse (voice)
Dick Beals ...
Jack (singing voice)
Woggle-Bird (voice)
Cliff Norton ...
Woggle-Bird (voice)
Princess Serena (voice)


The adventure begins when Jack trades his cow for some magic beans from peddler Jeremy Keen. The beans sprout a beanstalk high into the clouds, and Jack and Jeremy climb it to discover a giant, a goose that lays golden eggs, and Princess Serena who is trapped in a harp by a magic spell and can only be released by a kiss. Written by Azure_Girl

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Release Date:

26 February 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Basn o lodydze fasoli  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dick Beals, who was 39 years old provided the singing voice for 8-year-old Bobby Riha's character, Jack. See more »


As the giant picks Jeremy up, the harness holding Jeremy up is visible above him. This happens again when Jeremy is trying to open the door in order to free the goose, especially after Jeremy has let go of the door handle and is falling to the floor (at 0:45:17 on the DVD). This was done with a blue screen and harnesses. See more »


Jack: We lost him.
Jeremy Keen, Proprietor: Pretty hard to lose a giant.
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Stiffen Up That Upper Lip
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Bobby Riha (dubbed by Dick Beals) and Chris Allen
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Wonderful Adaptation Of The Classic Fairy Tale!
26 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In my opinion, this has got to be the best, if not one of the best, adaptations of one my favorite stories that I liked since I was a little kid. The first time I've seen Hanna-Barbera's 1967 TV movie "Jack And The Beanstalk" was when I was in 1st grade, I think, but I'm not sure. And after over 10 years, I re-watched it online and liked it even more because much of the dialogue and actions were not understood by me as a 7 year old because I wasn't paying attention to it very well. I knew who Gene Kelly was, the actor who portrayed Jeremy Keen the bean seller in the film, even when I was 7, as well as Hanna-Barbera because they created The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo and so forth. Over 20 years earlier, he "danced" with Jerry the mouse in 1945's "Anchors Aweigh". Bobby Riha does a fine job playing Jack, even though he may resemble other then-child actors during the era like Bill Mumy and Ron Howard. The songs are brilliant, the animation is exceptional for Hanna-Barbera's television production standards, the acting and voice acting was fairly realistic, the special effects were good, but when you watch closely, you can barely see the equipment, such as gym pads, props, harnesses, etc., in the shots, that kind of ruin the effect. But keep in the mind, this was the late 60s/early 70s, since technology was not as sophisticated as it is today, but nonetheless was it groundbreaking since this was Hanna-Barbera's first live- action/animation production for television. The film also includes wonderful choices for the cartoon characters. Ted Cassidy, known by most as Lurch from "The Addams Family", as the wicked but funny giant who looks kind of like a cross between Fred Flintstone and Bluto from Popeye, as I thought when I saw this flick for the first time ever. Janet Waldo, known mainly as Judy Jetson and Cindy Bear, was the speaking voice of Princess Serina, the harp and Jack's mother, who was portrayed by 1957's Miss America Marian McKnight. Princess Serina's singing voice was provided by Marni Nixon. Not to mention that on the day I post this, February 26, 2017, would mark "Jack and the Beanstalk"'s 50th anniversary of when it was first aired on television. I still really like this movie, even though it's primary audience is children, but that's OK. If you ask me, this movie isn't just for little kids, I think it's something that even childless adults would like, such as myself. Good movie, I recommend it to anyone who wants to see it.

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