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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'

Jungle Book (1942)

6.8/10
Director: Zoltan Korda
Starring: Sabu, Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, Frank Puglia

Original classic screen version of Rudyard Kiplings The Jungle Book, brought to you in wonderful colour. Directed by Zoltan Korda in 1942 this is the... Read more

Kim (1950)

6.6/10
Director: Victor Saville
Starring: Errol Flynn, Dean Stockwell, Paul Lukas

Rousing action and a terrific performance by Errol Flynn distinguish this adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's tale of 1880's colonialist India, with Briti... Read more

King of the Khyber Rifles (1953)

6.4/10
Director: Henry King
Starring: Michael Rennie, Terry Moore, Tyrone Power

1930's leading man Tyrone Power plays a half caste British officer staioned in India. Of mixed heritage, Power struggles to earn the respect of his fe... Read more

King Solomon's Mines (1937)

6.4/10
Director: Robert Stevenson
Starring: Cedric Hardwicke, Anna Lee, John Loder, Paul Robeson, Roland Young, Arthur Sincl...

A ripping adventure with singing sensation Paul Robeson as the imperturbable African guide, Umbopa and Cedric Hardwicke as explorer Alan Quartermain.... Read more

King Solomon's Mines (1950)

6.9/10
Director: Andrew Marton, Compton Bennett
Starring: Richard Carlson, Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Roy Marsden

One of the greatest jungle adventure films ever made, this grand adaptation of the H Rider Haggard novel stars Stewart Granger as fearless adventurer... Read more

Krakatoa - East Of Java (1969)

5.5/10
Director: Bernard L Kowalski
Starring: Maximilian Schell, Diane Baker, Brian Keith, Barbara Werle

In the year 1882, a disparate group of treasure seekers races against time to locate a sunken ship loaded with pearls off the Indonesian coast before... Read more

Lauren Bacall: Key Largo / Blood Alley / Dark Passage / Designing Woman (1957)

9/10
Director: Delmer Daves, John Huston, Vincente Minnelli, William A Wellman
Starring: Edward G Robinson, Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall Box Set. 'Dark Passage' (1947) - Humphrey Bogart is a prison escapee framed for murder who emerges from plastic surgery with a new face.... Read more

Long John Silver (1953)

5.9/10
Director: Byron Haskin
Starring: Robert Newton, Kit Taylor

Robert "Arr - matey!" Newton repeats his Treasure Island role as Long John Silver in this Australian adventure film - and if anything, Newton is even... Read more

Man Friday (1975)

6.5/10
Director: Jack Gold
Starring: Peter O'Toole, Richard Roundtree

Daniel Defoe's classic story of survival and heroism takes on a whole new perspective in this action-adventure tour-de-force. Robinson Crusoe is maroo... Read more

Moby Dick (1956)

7.4/10
Director: John Huston
Starring: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Orson Welles, Leo Genn, James Robertson Justice,...

Herman Melville's sea classic is brought to the screen with intensity by director John Huston. Starring Gregory Peck as Ahab, Richard Basehart as Ishm... Read more