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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'

Gorilla ( aka Nabonga ) (1944)

6.7/10
Director: Sam Newfield
Starring: Julie London, Larry 'Buster' Crabbe

In this campy jungle adventure, a gorilla named Nabonga warms up to a teenage girl whose plane, which was also carrying a bundle of embezzled cash, cr... Read more

Gunga Din (1939)

7.5/10
Director: George Stevens
Starring: Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr

The Rudyard Kipling story of the Indian boy who helps the British put down a colonial revolt. Stars Cary Grant and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Read more

Hannibal (1959)

5.3/10
Director: Edgar G Ulmer
Starring: Rita Gam, Victor Mature

Victor Mature strains his breastplate as the Carthaginian general who drove an armada of elephants over the Alps as part of his campaign against the l... Read more

Hatari! (1961)

7.2/10
Director: Howard Hawks
Starring: Red Buttons, Elsa Martinelli, John Wayne, Hardy Kruger

It's adventure African style in this classic look at big game hunters. The great cast also includes Red Buttons, Elsa Martinelli and Hardy Kruger. Read more

Hatari! ( Blu-ray ) (1961)

7.2/10
Director: Howard Hawks
Starring: Elsa Martinelli, Hardy Kruger, John Wayne, Red Buttons, Gerard Blain

It's adventure African style in this classic look at big game hunters. The great cast also includes Red Buttons, Elsa Martinelli and Hardy Kruger. Read more

Hercules (1959)

4.4/10
Director: Pietro Francisci
Starring: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Fabrizio Mioni

The original "swords, sandals and sweat" number stars the former Mr Universe Steve Reeves as Herc. On his quest for the Golden Fleece, Hercules just f... Read more

Hercules Against the Moon Men (1964)

2.6/10
Director: Giacomo Gentilomo
Starring: Alan Steel

In grand Herculean fashion, our hero (Alan Steel) comes to the aid of Good Samaritans and battles the interplanetary menace of the Moon Men (who look... Read more

Hercules and the Princess of Troy / Atlas in the Land of Cyclops / Giants of Rome (1965)

Director: Albert Band
Starring: Gordon Scott, Gordon Mitchell, Richard Harrison

Made in English as the pilot for a proposed Hercules TV series, "Hercules and the Princess of Troy" stars Gordon Scott as the heroic demigod, pitted a... Read more

Hercules Unchained (1960)

4.4/10
Director: Pietro Francisci
Starring: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Sylvia Lopez

Steve Reeves returns as the mighty Hercules in this saga of muscles, maidens and monsters. Robbed of his memory, Herc is a prisoner of the lovely Quee... Read more

His Majesty O'Keefe (1953)

6.2/10
Director: Byron Haskin
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Joan Rice, Benson Fong, Philip Ahn

A colourful action-packed tale starring Burt Lancaster as an adventurer who modernizes the technology of a south seas island and is considered a god. Read more