Jack the Giant Killer

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Nathan Juran
Production: MGM
94 min

The legend of

"Jack the Giant Killer"...

was born more than

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 all witches,

giants, and hobgoblins...

who ravaged the land.

But at long last,

Herla the wizard...

drove Pendragon and all

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

and waited for the day...

when he would return

to power in Cornwall.

Then, after many years,

the day came.

It was a day of great rejoicing

in Cornwall...

and kings and princes

bearing gifts...

came to celebrate

a special occasion.

Know then, Princess Elaine...

that as you are

by the grace of God...

the only child

of our noble king...

therefore I now place

upon your head...

this ancient coronet

of the house of Cornwall.

May you wear it in honor

as befits our future queen.

Rise, Elaine.


proclaim the festivities.

Let the bells ring.

Health and happiness

to the princess Elaine!

May she live

to be a hundred years!

For the great Elaine's


Come on! Move aside!

For your country!

As the people of Cornwall

celebrated, Pendragon arrived.

Make way!

And now

the presentation of gifts!

His Highness...

Vallons, Duke of Normandy.

His Excellency,

the prince of Tarquin Isle...


It is exquisite,

King Meliodas.


Know you this prince,


Never have I heard the name...

yet there's something faintly

familiar if I can but recall.

Your most gracious majesty

King Mark...

I apologize for the lateness

of my arrival.

Prince Elidorus?

I cannot seem to remember.

When was it that we met?

We never have, Your Majesty.

Yet you honor

my daughter's birthday?

I have always admired

the crown of Cornwall.

Therefore I took the liberty of

bringing Her Royal Highness...

a small, but unique gift.

If you please, Garna.

Certainly, master.

Thank you, Prince.

May I see what's inside?

Allow me, Princess.

A music box.

He walks.

Why, he could almost be alive.

A nation merchant

of whom I acquired him...

spoke of a curious talent.

Look, Father,

what an unusual gift.

I believe

he wishes this dance.

Certainly, my cavalier.

Oh, you were wonderful.

What an enchanting gift,

Prince Elidorus.


More gifts.

Bring them over here.

Put them on the table.

Careful, now.

You were lovely today,


Your father was proud of you.

I think my father

is slightly prejudiced.

It was nice to be remembered

by so many people.

One day, it'll be a crown

you'll be wearing...

the queen of a mighty kingdom.

My father still has

many good years ahead of him.

I don't like to think

about that day.

Of course not.

When you're young,

it's only today that counts.

Into bed with you.

Good night, Princess.

Sleep well, Lady Constance.

A pity to shatter your innocent

dreams, Princess Elaine...

but the throne of Cornwall

is to be mine...

and only you can

give it to me.

Garna, quickly.

Cormoran will meet you

at the place appointed.

Be assured, master.

All will be as you wish.

No! No!


It's the princess!

Something's happened

to the princess!

Guards! Guards!

The princess!

No! No!

My daughter!

Elaine! Elaine!

Make room.

Break it down.


Your Majesty! Your Majesty!

A giant is running off

with the princess!

Alarm! Sound the alarm!

Guards! Guards! Stop him!

Stop him, men!

Lower the gates!

Drop the portcullis!

Get him!

Repair the bridge, men!

Axes and poles!

Guards, lend a hand!

We can't let him

out of our sight!

It's been years

since giants were banished.

Why would they return now?


Come on, Jonathan, Tom.

It's a beautiful day.

OK, Tom. Come on, back.

Back, back.

Come on, Tom.

Come on.

What's the matter

with you two this morning?

We have to get that feed to town

whether you like it or not.

Now come on.

No more nonsense. Back.

What's going on

around here?

Well done, Cormoran.

Leaving so soon, Princess?

Why, your voyage

has just begun.

No, no, no!

Let me go, please! Help!

Who's to hear you, Princess?

Now quiet!

The master has planned...

a nice long voyage for you,

in honor of your birthday!




Look out!


Cormoran, after them!

Head them off!

Bring them back!

Head them off!

Quick, the loft!

Look out! Run!

Are you all right?

You've done it.

You killed him.

It was nothing.

I kill a giant every morning

before breakfast.

Starts my day right.

I think you'd better

put this on.

You, farmer.

Have you seen the princess?

Your Majesty.

Kneel, girl. It's the king.

The princess, Your Majesty?

Elaine. Young man...

be good enough to come down

from there with my daughter.

Oh, l... I'm sorry, Princess.

I didn't know.

Well, young man?

We mustrt keep

the king waiting.



The Lord has been merciful.

Oh, father,

this is the young man...

who so bravely rescued me

from the giant.

Rise, my boy.

Jack, Jack.

Oh, Jack.

You're safe.

When I saw

that horrible monster...

Mother, this is the king.

Your Majesty.

Rise, madame.

Forgive me. I was so thankful

to see my son alive.

I'm so thankful

to see my daughter alive.

Oh, poor child. I have some

hot porridge on the fire.

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Orville H. Hampton

Orville H. Hampton (May 21, 1917 – August 8, 1997) was an American screenwriter who worked mostly in low-budget films, particularly for producers Robert E. Kent and Edward Small. A screenplay that he and Raphael Hayes wrote for One Potato, Two Potato (1964) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. more…

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