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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 Lone Ranger / The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1956)

Director: Stuart Heisler, Lesley Selander
Starring: Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels

"Who was that masked man?" Nowhere in the pages of history can one find a greater champion of justice - beginning with his radio debut, then movie se... Read more

The Long Ships (1964)

6.1/10
Director: Jack Cardiff
Starring: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, Russ Tamblyn

A thrilling seafaring saga in which Viking warrior Richard Widmark and Moorish Chieftain Sidney Poitier race to find a fabled treasure known as the Go... Read more

The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)

7.2/10
Director: James Whale
Starring: Alan Hale, Joan Bennett, Joseph Schildkraut, Louis Hayward, Warren William

James Whale's exciting adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas novel centers on twin heirs to France's throne who are separated at birth. The first-born Lou... Read more

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 Prisoner of Zenda (1952)

7/10
Director: Richard Thorpe
Starring: Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Jane Greer, James Mason

Stewart Granger stars as the king's lookalike cousin, called on to impersonate him when it appears the succession may be threatened. James Mason play... Read more

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

7.6/10
Director: Harold Young
Starring: Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey

Polished, solid swashbuckling entertainment with Leslie Howard the impeccably dressed and impossibly noble embodiment of the heroic freedom fighter. W... 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 Three Musketeers (1948)

7.2/10
Director: George Sidney
Starring: Lana Turner, Gene Kelly, June Allyson, Van Heflin

In this fine presentation of the Alexandre Dumas classic, Gene Kelly and Lana Turner feature in the requisite romance, danger, intrigue and fortune du... Read more