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Classic Adventure

Remember those moments where the main character finds himself in a difficult or precarious dilemma, or confronted with a shocking revelation, those thrill-a-minute extravaganzas, those rip-roaring spectacles, swashbuckling and derring-do action, cliff-hanger endings .... that was what Saturday Matinees were made of. Below is a compilation of the 'essence' of this wonderful genre. See also 'Cliff-Hanger Serials'

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)

7.2/10
Director: Richard Fleischer
Starring: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre

The great Disney version of Jules Verne's famous adventure/fantasy about a sailor (Kirk Douglas) and a scientist who get involved with Captain Nemo, (... Read more

Adventures Of Don Juan (1948)

7/10
Director: Vincent Sherman
Starring: Errol Flynn, Viveca Lindfors, Robert Douglas

En garde! This was Flynn's first swashbuckler in over nine years. The story of the great lover, Don Juan, coming to the rescue of his Queen. Winner of... Read more

Against All Flags / The Rare Breed (1952)

Director: Andrew V McLaglen, George Sherman
Starring: Anthony Quinn, Ben Johnson, Brian Keith, Errol Flynn, James Stewart, Juliet Mill...

With rapier in one hand and rope in the other, Errol Flynn swings into action as a British naval officer charged with stopping pirate Anthony Quinn, i... Read more

Bells of Rosarita (1945)

6.7/10
Director: Frank McDonald
Starring: Dale Evans, Roy Rogers, George Gabby Hayes, Bob Nolan, Trigger The Horse

Sue Farnum inherits a circus, but her dead father's partner is trying to take it away from her. Roy and Bob Nolan are filming a movie on location at t... Read more

Beneath the 12 Mile Reef (1953)

5.8/10
Director: Robert D Webb
Starring: Robert Wagner, Terry Moore, Gilbert Roland

Follows two people caught up in the business rivalries of two sponge-diving families on Key West. It is best known for its pioneering use of Cinemasco... Read more

Billy the Kid - Frontier Outlaws (1944)

Director: Sam Newfield
Starring: Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Fuzzy St John

The first entry in the "Billy the Kid" film series, this classic western features the Wild West legend taking a stand against a group of outlaws tryin... Read more

Bulldog Drummond's Bride (1939) / Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937) / Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937)

Director: Louis King, James P Hogan
Starring: John Howard, Ray Milland, John Barrymore, Heather Angel, Reginald Denny

'Bulldog Drummond's Bride' - On his way to the altar, famed adventurer Captain Hugh Bulldog Drummond (John Howard), is sidelined by a bank robbery com... Read more

Burt Lancaster: Local Hero / The Flame and the Arrow / Executive Action / Seven Days in May (1950)

5.5/10
Director: Bill Forsyth, David Miller, Jacques Tourneur, John Frankenheimer
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Fredric March, Kirk Douglas, Peter Riegert, Robert Ryan, Virgini...

Burt Lancaster Box Set. 'Local Hero' (1983) - Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert star in the wonderfully whimsical comedy of an oil company's planned bu... Read more

Captain Blood (1935)

7.8/10
Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Lionel Atwill, Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn

Errol Flynn is the young physician, sentenced to slavery, who's rescued by Olivia de Havilland and begins a life of piracy on the high seas. Superb sw... Read more

Captain from Castile (1947)

6.9/10
Director: Henry King
Starring: Cesar Romero, Jean Peters, Lee J Cobb, Tyrone Power, John Sutton

The Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire is the backdrop for this lush costume drama starring Tyrone Power as a 16th-century Castilian nobleman who he... Read more