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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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


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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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Runtime:

| (re-release) (musical)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

When Charles Schneer and Ray Harryhausen were looking for a producer for The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, one of the hopefuls was Edward Small, who turned them down. When Sinbad proved to be a huge hit, Small was determined to duplicate the former movie with the same director and stars. Although he couldn't get Harryhausen, Jim Danforth came close to duplicating Sinbad's monsters with Cormoran, the flying dragon, and the Imp instead of the Cyclops, Dragon, and Genie. See more »

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When the Kraken appears and nears the two-headed giant, for a brief moment its metal supports appear on-screen. 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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Alternate Versions

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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Just A Good Old Neat Movie
25 October 2003 | by surplusboySee all my reviews

When this picture came out in '62 or '63, Mom took us 3 kids to see it at an old-style huge screened theatre. The titles of the movies(Bert I. Gordon's "The Magic Sword" was the other one) suggested to Mom that these were quaint, Disney-like fantasy films, so she figured we were safe from anything hideous. At the bursting from his elf disguise by the first monstrous giant in the movie, Mom realized she had made a boo-boo and suggested that we should seek milder entertainment. Our desperate protests put the wet blanket on poor Mom's wishes, and we sat through 2 film adventures that, to this day, are among our all-time favorites. As I understand it, this picture was produced to cash in on the tremendous success of "7th Voyage Of Sinbad", and the legal troubles that resulted from the vast similarities between the two films were the reason that the owners of the movie's rights were required to downgrade it into a ridiculous musical version. Thankfully, after years of being unavailable, the original untouched "Jack" came out on video, and it was about as much fun seeing it again as an old codger as it was as a 10-year-old.

For us "baby boomers" who started out on black-and-white TV and seeing such films as "King Kong", etc., when we were young, a stop-motion animated monster is just more scary, other-worldly, dangerous...whatever term fits an effective creature feature. Although Kerwin Matthews' many nemeses in "Jack The Giant Killer" don't quite stand alongside Ray Harryhausen's magnificent work, they still make this film well worth seeing for anyone who enjoys a good, old-fashioned mythical adventure.

Incidentally, if you have an idiotic sense of humour, the musical version is a scream to behold- especially the sequence of the evil wizard's servant returning to his master to report a failed kidnapping. :D :D

Everyone certainly has their own taste in motion pictures, but as far as this old monster movie watcher is concerned, "Jack The Giant Killer" is among the upper crust of its genre. Even after 31 years.

I'll say 8.5/10. God bless one and all...


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