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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 Strawberry Roan (1948)

5.6/10
Director: John English
Starring: Gene Autry

Young Joe is paralyzed as he is bucked by a wild horse, a strawberry roan. Angered, his father, Walt, tries to shoot the horse but is stopped by his f... Read more

The Three Musketeers Volume 1 (1-6) (1933)

5.6/10
Director: Armand Schaefer
Starring: John Wayne

Tom Wayne rescues Clancy, Renard and Schmidt in the Arabian desert and they join him in going after El Shaitan, a bad guy who is never seen as he trie... Read more

The Three Musketeers Volume 2 (7-12) (1933)

8.1/10
Director: Armand Schaefer
Starring: John Wayne

Tom Wayne rescues Clancy, Renard and Schmidt in the Arabian desert and they join him in going after El Shaitan, a bad guy who is never seen as he trie... 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

Tumbling Tumbleweeds (1935)

6.6/10
Director: Joseph Kane
Starring: Gene Autry

After a five year absence Gene returns home to find his father murdered and his boyhood pal accused of the dastardly deed. Read more

Twilight On The Rio Grande (1947)

6.4/10
Director: Frank McDonald
Starring: Gene Autry

In yet another version of probably Republic's most-used single plot---the basis for "The Leathernecks Have Landed"-"Rough Riders Round-Up", "Guns in t... 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