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 Magic Carpet (1951)

Director: Lew Landers
Starring: Lucille Ball, John Agar, Patricia Medina

Using a magic flying carpet and a handful of friends, the son of a murdered Caliph must fight the usurper in order to win the throne of the Caliphate. Read more

The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)

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)

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 Old West (1952)

Starring: Gene Autry

Doc Lockwood and his gang are trying to take away Autry's contract for supplying horses to the stagecoach line. Parson Brooks joins Autry in an effort... Read more

The Prince and the Pauper (1937)

Director: William Keighley
Starring: Errol Flynn, Claude Rains

pair to experience each other's lives as well. Read more

The Sagebrush Troubadour (1935)

Director: George Sherman
Starring: Gene Autry

Before he was murdered Grandpa Martin found a gold mine. He failed to record it and now everyone is looking for Martin's old horse that can lead them... Read more

The Sea Hawk (1940)

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)

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 Singing Cowboy (1936)

Director: Mack V Wright
Starring: Gene Autry

Gene heads for the big city to convince a coffee company to sponsor a radio broadcast so he can raise the money for an operation which will save a gir... Read more

The Singing Hill (1941)

Director: Lew Landers
Starring: Gene Autry

The free grazing land that the local ranchers have used for years is about to be sold to John R. Ramsey (George Meeker), a greedy, grasping cattle bro... Read more