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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'

The Mark of Zorro (1940)

7.6/10
Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Starring: Tyrone Power, Basil Rathbone, Linda Darnell

This classic romantic swashbuckler stars dashing Tyrone Power as the son of a powerful nobleman in 1820s California who returns home from Europe to fi... Read more

The Sea Hawk (1940)

7.8/10
Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Flora Robson, Donald Crisp, Alan Hal...

Errol Flynn at his finest plays dashing privateer, Geoffrey Thorpe, hired by Her Majesty Elizabeth I (Flora Robson) to make life miserable for any Spa... Read more

The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958)

6.1/10
Director: Raoul Walsh
Starring: Bruce Cabot, Henry Hull, Jayne Mansfield, Kenneth More, Ronald Squire

A proper English gentleman, traveling in the American West, inadvertently stops an Indian attack on the stagecoach in which he is a passenger. When th... Read more

The Son of Monte Cristo (1940)

6.3/10
Director: Rowland V Lee
Starring: Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, George Sanders, Lionel Royce, Florence Bates

Louis Hayward stars as the sword-slinging hero, Edmond Dantes Jr., in this swashbuckling adventure from director Rowland V Lee. Masquerading as a fopp... Read more

The Vikings (1958)

7.1/10
Director: Richard Fleischer
Starring: Ernest Borgnine, Janet Leigh, Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis

Sweeping adventure saga of the Vikings' invasion of England centers on a Viking warrior prince (Kirk Douglas) and a former slave (Tony Curtis), bitter... Read more

The Wild Women of Wongo (1958)

2.1/10
Director: James L Wolcott
Starring: Jean Hawkshaw, Mary Ann Webb, Cande Gerrard, Johnny Walsh

A prehistoric beach blanket classic with leopard skin-clad women and brutish men engaged in the battle of the sexes on the idyllic island of Wongo. A... Read more

Treasure Island (1950)

7/10
Director: Byron Haskin
Starring: Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, Basil Sydney

Disney's first live action movie was this vivid take on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, filmed in England (not the West Indies!) with Bobby Driscoll... Read more

Treasure Island (1972)

6/10
Director: John Hough
Starring: Orson Welles, Walter Slezak, Lionel Stander, Maria Rohm, Kim Burfield, Paul Mull...

Orson Welles is Long John Silver in this 1972 adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic pirate tale. Young Jim Hawkins comes into possession of... Read more

Ulysses (1954)

6.7/10
Director: Mario Camerini
Starring: Anthony Quinn, Kirk Douglas, Silvana Mangano

It's high adventure, Homer-style, with Kirk Douglas as the brave adventurer who battles the one-eyed Cyclops, encounters sorceress Circe (who turns hi... Read more

Valley of Fire (1951)

6/10
Director: John English
Starring: Gene Autry

As the new mayor of a lawless 1850s California mining town, Gene Autry attempts to clean up the town by bringing in a wagon train of eligible ladies t... Read more