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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'

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

Moby Dick ( Blu-ray ) (1956)

7.4/10
Director: John Huston
Starring: Bernard Miles, Gregory Peck, Harry Andrews, James Robertson Justice, Mervyn John...

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

Modesty Blaise (1966)

5.2/10
Director: Joseph Losey
Starring: Monica Vitti, Dirk Bogarde, Terence Stamp

Of the many '60s cinema spies who arrived in the wake of James Bond, none cut a finer figure than Italian siren Monica Vitti as jewel thief-turned-sec... Read more

Mutiny (1952)

5.1/10
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Starring: Mark Stevens, Angela Lansbury, Gene Evans

Mark Stevens stars as Captain James Marshall of the American ship Concord in the classic period drama, set during the War of 1812. After finding himse... Read more

North West Frontier (1959)

7.2/10
Director: J Lee Thompson
Starring: Herbert Lom, Kenneth More, Lauren Bacall, Wilfrid Hyde-White

In northwestern India soon after the turn of the 20th Century, Moslem rebels seek to kill a six-year-old Hindu prince to end his family line. Captain... Read more

Northwest Passage (1940)

7.1/10
Director: King Vidor
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan

This rousing adventure saga is based on the exploits of colonial American frontiersman Robert Rogers and his men. Spencer Tracy stars as Rogers, leadi... Read more

Omoo Omoo - The Shark God (1949)

3.2/10
Director: Leon Leonard
Starring: Ron Randell, Michael Whalen

A sea captain (Trevor Bardette) courts disaster when he removes a pair of black pearls from a native shrine. According to native legend, bad luck will... Read more