Classic Cinema: Jack The Giant Killer (1962) – By Jason S. Lockard

In a world that is inundated with CGI I love seeing the stop motion animation! It is so classy. In the 1950s and 60s people marveled at movies such as The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts. In 1962 our film of the month was released Jack The Giant Killer starring our star of the month Kerwin Matthews.

Kerwin Mathews was born January 8, 1926 in Seattle, Washington after his parents divorced he and his mother moved to Janesville, Wisconsin. There he attended Janesville High School, where a teacher put him in a play and according to him “changed his life. He graduated in 1943.

After serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he attended and performed at nearby Milton College than Beloit College. After graduation he taught speech and dramatic arts and appeared in regional theater. Than he taught high school English in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

After moving to Los Angeles in 1954, Mathews acted at the Pasadena Playhouse, where h was spotted and signed to seven-year studio contract by Columbia Pictures. He appeared in several action/adventure and fantasy films of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Than in 1962 he starred in our film of the month Jack The Giant Killer.

Jack the Giant Killer follows a farm boy who heroically rescues Princess Elaine from a sorcerer named Pendragon by slaying his bloodthirsty giant. But Pendragon would not stop there Jack must continue on his quest crossing the ocean, battle dragons, fight two-headed ogres and an army of ghouls to save his lady love! The movie features great stop motion animation!

Kerwin Matthews felt typecast, but he “looked fondly” on his Hollywood career. In 1978 he retired and moved to San Francisco, where he ran a clothing and antiques shop. He died in his sleep in San Francisco on July 5, 2007 at the age of 81. The City of Janesville subsequently renamed a one-block street adjacent to the former Janesville High School “Kerwin Mathews Court”.

If you have never witnessed one of Kerwin Matthews Action Adventures, what are you waiting for? Treat yourself today! So until next month this is Jason S. Lockard reminding you if you want to see a good movie check out a classic.

Moral Rating: Violence
Audience: Teens and Adults
Genre: Action Adventure
Length: 92 Minutes
Released: 1962
Rating: A