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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'

Captain Horatio Hornblower (1950)

7.4/10
Director: Raoul Walsh
Starring: Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty

This thrilling adventure saga stars Gregory Peck as a British naval officer caught in the crossfire between the Spanish, the French and a Central Amer... Read more

Captain Kidd (1945)

6.4/10
Director: Rowland V Lee
Starring: Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott, John Carradine, Barbara Britton

Charles Laughton stars as the cruel, ruthless pirate, Captain Kidd. Despite his reputation, King William III enlists Kidd and his men to safeguard pas... Read more

Captain Scarlett (1953)

4.7/10
Director: Thomas H Carr
Starring: Richard Greene, Leonora Amar

Romance and swashbuckling abound in this classic actioner starring Richard Greene as Captain Carlos Scarlett, a 19th-century Frenchman who returns hom... Read more

Classic Action: The Planter's Wife / Robbery Under Arms / The Long Duel (1957)

Director: D W Griffith, Donald Crombie, Ken Annakin
Starring: Claudette Colbert, David McCallum, Jack Hawkins, Peter Finch, Yul Brynner

Close the doors, dim the lights, take a seat and leave your troubles behind. The Classic Matinee Triple Bill is your exclusive gold pass to the Matine... Read more

Classic Adventure Collection: North West Frontier (1959) / Ferry To Hong Kong (1959) / King Solomon's Mines (1937)

Director: J Lee Thompson, Lewis Gilbert, Robert Stevenson
Starring: Kenneth More, Lauren Bacall, Herbert Lom, Orson Welles, Curt Jurgens, Sylvia Sym...

'North West Frontier' - It's got good guys and bad guys, Indians and a wild frontier, but this is no cowboy flick. Moslems have attacked a British co... Read more

Damn the Defiant! (1962)

7.2/10
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Starring: Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde, Anthony Quayle

Alec Guinness must battle a mutinous crew and Napoleon's fleet in this rousing, historical adventure. As commander of the British warship H.M.S. Defia... Read more

Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956)

6.9/10
Director: Norman Foster
Starring: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Jeff York

All aboard for a rip-roaring river adventure with Davy Crockett (Fess Parker), legendary 'King of the Wild Frontier', and his trusty companion George... Read more

Davy Crockett, King Of The Wild Frontier (1955)

7.1/10
Director: Norman Foster
Starring: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Hans Conried

Originally filmed as three segments for Disney's TV show, this created a phenomenon riveling that of the Hula Hoop and is still great today. With Fess... Read more

Fanfan la Tulipe (1952)

7.3/10
Director: Christian-Jaque
Starring: Genevieve Page, Gerard Philipe, Gina Lollobrigida

Set in 18th-century France, this romantic farce stars Gerard Philipe as the charming peasant Fanfan. After joining King Louis XV's army in order to av... Read more

Fury at Smuggler's Bay (1961)

Director: John Gilling
Starring: Peter Cushing, Bernard Lee, Michele Mercier, John Fraser, William Franklyn, Geor...

In 17th century Cornwall, sailors hit with heavy taxes turn to smuggling to make a living. Village squire Peter Cushing has put an army together to qu... Read more