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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 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

Viking Women and the Sea Serpent (1958)

Director: Roger Corman
Starring: Susan Cabot, June Kenny, Abby Dalton, Brad Jackson

First, Roger Corman's "Viking Women and the Sea Serpent" has a group of heroic gals venturing out on a dangerous journey to find their missing men. Bu... Read more

Young Buffalo Bill (1940)

5.7/10
Director: Joseph Kane
Starring: Roy Rogers, George Gabby Hayes

A thoroughly enjoyable Western bio-flick that stretches the facts but is one of Roy Rogers' best nevertheless. The cavalry sounds a call for Buffalo B... Read more

Zorro Rides Again: Episodes 7 - 12 (1937)

6.8/10
Director: John English, William Witney
Starring: John Carroll, Helen Christian, Richard Alexander, Noah Beery, Reed Howes, Duncan...

The California-Yucatan Railroad, being built for the good of Mexico, is under siege by a gang of terrorists hoping to force its sale; no one can prove... Read more