Jack the Giant Killer (1962)

94 mins | Fantasy | 13 June 1962

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HISTORY

The 25 Jan 1960 DV listed the title among the year’s upcoming releases from United Artists Corporation (UA). Despite speculation that the picture would be filmed on location, the 11 Apr 1960 DV reported that production would take place in and around Los Angeles, CA. Principal photography began 5 Jul 1960 on Catalina Island, off the Southern California coast, according to the that day’s NYT. Six weeks later, the 19 Aug 1960 DV reported that filming ended the previous day. Production was completed by a team of special effects technicians, using a new process called “Fantascope,” which would debut with the film’s release.
       On 19 Jun 1962, LAT announced that the picture was currently playing citywide. That same day, DV reported earnings of $130,000 from seventeen Los Angeles theaters. Openings in New York City began 25 Jul 1962.
       An advertisement in the 29 Sep 1960 DV stated that the “Flame Dress,” designed for the film by Berman Costume Company, won the “Adam and Eve Award” from Motion Picture Costumers Local 705.
       The 26 May 1960 NYT noted that actor Torin Thatcher left his role in the Broadway production of The Miracle Worker to appear in the film.
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The 25 Jan 1960 DV listed the title among the year’s upcoming releases from United Artists Corporation (UA). Despite speculation that the picture would be filmed on location, the 11 Apr 1960 DV reported that production would take place in and around Los Angeles, CA. Principal photography began 5 Jul 1960 on Catalina Island, off the Southern California coast, according to the that day’s NYT. Six weeks later, the 19 Aug 1960 DV reported that filming ended the previous day. Production was completed by a team of special effects technicians, using a new process called “Fantascope,” which would debut with the film’s release.
       On 19 Jun 1962, LAT announced that the picture was currently playing citywide. That same day, DV reported earnings of $130,000 from seventeen Los Angeles theaters. Openings in New York City began 25 Jul 1962.
       An advertisement in the 29 Sep 1960 DV stated that the “Flame Dress,” designed for the film by Berman Costume Company, won the “Adam and Eve Award” from Motion Picture Costumers Local 705.
       The 26 May 1960 NYT noted that actor Torin Thatcher left his role in the Broadway production of The Miracle Worker to appear in the film.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
CREDIT
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
25 Jan 1960
p. 4
Daily Variety
11 Apr 1960
p. 2
Daily Variety
19 Aug 1960
p. 18
Daily Variety
29 Sep 1960
p. 5
Daily Variety
19 Jun 1962
p. 3
Los Angeles Times
15 Jun 1962
Section D, p. 14
Los Angeles Times
19 Jun 1962
Section C, p. 8
New York Times
26 May 1960
p. 38
New York Times
5 Jul 1960
p. 35
New York Times
25 Jul 1962
p. 26
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Edward Small Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dick Moder
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orville H. Hampton
Scr
Orville H. Hampton
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir cine
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd mix
Buddy Myers
Sd rec
VISUAL EFFECTS
Howard A. Anderson
Technical design & spec photog eff in fantascope
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod supv
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 June 1962
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 13 Jun 1962; New York opening: 25 Jul 1962
Production Date:
5 Jul--18 Aug 1960
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Edward Small Productions
13 June 1962
LP22236
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Fantascope
Duration(in mins):
94
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Pendragon, Master of Demons, is banished from ancient England and strives to regain his power by having one of his giants abduct King Mark's daughter, the Princess Elaine. She is saved by Jack, a farmer's son, who kills the giant with his ax. The grateful king appoints Jack as Elaine's protector and entrusts him to spirit her to the safety of a convent across the sea. Their ship is intercepted by Pendragon's ghouls and witches, and Elaine is captured, while Jack and 12-year-old Peter are cast overboard. They are rescued by an old Viking, Sigurd, who possesses a magic imp imprisoned in a bottle. With the help of his new friends, Jack rescues Elaine, but she has been bewitched and betrays him. Jack escapes though, and Sigurd is transformed into a dog and Peter into a chimpanzee. Jack breaks the evil spell the sorcerer has cast over the princess, but as they return to the boat Pendragon sends a two-headed giant against them. The imp calls up a many-tentacled sea monster, who kills the giant in a fierce battle, aided by Jack, the dog, and the chimpanzee. As they sail from the island together, Pendragon transforms himself into a flying dragon and attacks their small craft. Jack is carried off but slays the dragon in mid-air. As Pendragon plunges into the sea, his magic and creatures of evil die with him. The imp, who is really a leprechaun, is freed from his bottle and permitted to walk a rainbow to his home in Ireland. Jack and the princess are now free to live happily ever ...

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Pendragon, Master of Demons, is banished from ancient England and strives to regain his power by having one of his giants abduct King Mark's daughter, the Princess Elaine. She is saved by Jack, a farmer's son, who kills the giant with his ax. The grateful king appoints Jack as Elaine's protector and entrusts him to spirit her to the safety of a convent across the sea. Their ship is intercepted by Pendragon's ghouls and witches, and Elaine is captured, while Jack and 12-year-old Peter are cast overboard. They are rescued by an old Viking, Sigurd, who possesses a magic imp imprisoned in a bottle. With the help of his new friends, Jack rescues Elaine, but she has been bewitched and betrays him. Jack escapes though, and Sigurd is transformed into a dog and Peter into a chimpanzee. Jack breaks the evil spell the sorcerer has cast over the princess, but as they return to the boat Pendragon sends a two-headed giant against them. The imp calls up a many-tentacled sea monster, who kills the giant in a fierce battle, aided by Jack, the dog, and the chimpanzee. As they sail from the island together, Pendragon transforms himself into a flying dragon and attacks their small craft. Jack is carried off but slays the dragon in mid-air. As Pendragon plunges into the sea, his magic and creatures of evil die with him. The imp, who is really a leprechaun, is freed from his bottle and permitted to walk a rainbow to his home in Ireland. Jack and the princess are now free to live happily ever after.

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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