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'

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

Colorado Sunset (1939)

Director: George Sherman
Starring: Gene Autry

Gene and his buddies discover that the ranch they bought is really a dairy farm. And worse, it's subject to intimidation from a protection racket that... Read more

Cow Town (1950)

Director: John English
Starring: Gene Autry

Gene responds to cattle rustling by stringing barbed wire all around his range. In order to end the cattle rustling, Gene Autry becomes one of the... Read more

Damn the Defiant! (1962)

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)

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)

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

Distant Drums (1951)

Director: Raoul Walsh
Starring: Gary Cooper

After destroying a Seminole fort, American soldiers and their rescued companions must face the dangerous Everglades and hostile Indians in order to re... Read more

Down Mexico Way (1941)

Starring: Gene Autry

After the bad guys swindle the good folk of Sage City, Gene and Frog chase them to Mexico where they are now trying to rob a rich Mexican ranchero. Read more

Fanfan la Tulipe (1952)

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