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Jack the Giant Killer (1962)

A farmboy turned knight must protect a princess from the schemes of an evil wizard.

Director:

Nathan Juran

Writers:

Orville H. Hampton (screenplay), Nathan Juran (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kerwin Mathews ... Jack
Judi Meredith ... Princess Elaine
Torin Thatcher ... Pendragon
Walter Burke ... Garna
Don Beddoe ... Imp
Barry Kelley ... Sigurd
Dayton Lummis Dayton Lummis ... King Mark
Anna Lee ... Lady Constance
Roger Mobley ... Peter
Robert Gist ... Scottish Captain
Tudor Owen ... Chancellor
Ken Mayer ... Boatswain
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Storyline

The terrible and trecherous Pendragon plans to gain the throne of Cornwall by getting the king to abdicate and to marry his lovely daughter. To help him he has his dreadful witches in his castle and his almost unstoppable sorcery. A giant under his control abducts the princess, but on the way home with her the giant meets farming lad Jack who slays him. This is only the beginning. Be assured Pendragon and his evil magic are far from done. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A pretty princess. An evil sorcerer. A hero for the ages. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Herrscher von Cornwall See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release) (musical)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

During the scenes in The Last Man on Earth (1964) where Morgan is attacked by vampires, a score is played which is nearly identical to the music which plays during the Cormoran (giant) attack in 1962's Jack the Giant Killer. See more »

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At approximately 14:43 Garna had accidentally dropped the key into the water, but at 15:00, after Jack stops him from untying the boat, he falls to the dock with the key now clearly back in its place under his belt. He pulls the key and throws it into the water. See more »

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Narrator: The legend of Jack the Giant Killer was born over a thousand years ago in Cornwall, England near Land's End. There was a time when the Kingdom of Cornwall lived in fear and trembling of the Black Prince Pendragon - master of witches, giants and hobgoblins - who ravished the land. But at long last Herla, the Wizard drove Pendragon and his witches from the kingdom and exiled them beyond the reaches of the known world... Here on a misty isle, uncharted and unknown, Pendragon schemed ...
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Producer Edward Small re-released this film as a musical. Songs were dubbed onto the soundtrack. Some of the footage was doctored to make it look like some of the original cast were singing rather than speaking their dialog. See more »

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It was nothing. I kill a giant every morning before breakfast. Starts my day right.
13 June 2010 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

It's the fairy tale land of Cornwall, England, and the Black Prince Pendragon (Torin Thatcher) plans to abduct Princess Elaine (Judith Meredith) so as to gain control of the land. However, his plans are at first thwarted when farmers boy Jack (Kerwin Matthews) slays the giant sent by Pendragon to claim the Princess. But Pendragon is not to be denied and a battle between good and evil commences.

There's quite a back story to this United Artists feature film. It's loosely based on the traditional tale "Jack the Giant Killer" and features the use of stop motion animation. The mere mention of stop motion automatically brings to mind the great name of Ray Harryhausen. In 1958 director Nathan Juran had helmed The 7th Voyage of Sinbad with both Matthews and Thatcher starring as the good and evil characters respectively. A big success for Columbia, Harryhausen had offered it to UA producer Edward Small who turned it down, much to his regret. So here, four years later, he gathered the same crew for what essentially is a retread of the plot of Sinbad's seventh in the hope of replicating said success. Harryhausen, however, said no, perhaps understandably, so his creatures were created for "Jack" by Project Unlimited under the watchful eye of one time Harryhausen understudy Jim Danforth. While the other effects, filmed in "Fantascope" come courtesy of Howard A. Anderson and Augie Lohman.

Columbia sued Small on the grounds of plot similarity, thus holding up the release of the film in the UK for several years (it wasn't banned as some people seem to think). Once released the film was panned by the critics and many parents were outraged that the film was too violent and scary for youngsters. Small would take this personally and intending to make something of the movie, had it re-dubbed and made into a musical. The result of which is just garbage. Thankfully the film was finally restored to its original glory on DVD and found a whole new generation of fantasy adventure fans with a bent for the lost art of stop motion animation. Kerwin Matthews passed away in 2007, a handsome swashbuckling actor, Jack The Giant Killer was his last foray into the fantasy adventure genre. It's at least comforting to know that he got to see this little treasure of a film finally get accepted by an audience.

The film itself delivers everything one expects of the genre. The creatures are effective, even if the jerkiness shows that it's not Harryhausen at the helm; tho this is off set by a wonderful sequence as electricity cloaked witch demons attack Jack's ship. There's a dashing hero, a pretty princess, a vile and chilling evil doer, hell there's even the little imp of the lamp (Don Beddoe) for some limerick shenanigans. From its delightful story book opening to its final battle between hero and villain, Jack The Giant Killer is a rich and playful fantasy. 7/10


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