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'

Moby Dick ( Blu-ray ) (1956)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

Phantom from Space (1953)

Director: W Lee Wilder
Starring: Dick Sands

A cop and a pair of scientists are lured to an observatory by a series of murders, links to an invisible alien (Dick Sands) who has crash-landed on Ea... Read more

Prince of Foxes (1949)

Director: Henry King
Starring: Everett Sloane, Orson Welles, Tyrone Power, Wanda Hendrix

Tyrone Power stars as Orsini, an ambassador to the despotic Cesare Borgia (Orson Welles) who grows weary of serving as a political pawn to the powerfu... Read more

Prince Valiant (1954)

Director: Henry Hathaway
Starring: Debra Paget, James Mason, Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner, Sterling Hayden

Young Prince Valiant (Robert Wagner), son of the exiled King of Scandia, journeys to Camelot to become a knight at King Arthur's Round Table. He hopes... Read more

Roadracers (1958)

Director: Arthur Swerdloff
Starring: Skip Ward, John Shay, Gloria Marshall

About a driver who is kicked out of the U.S racing circuit when he's involved in a racing death that was caused by his own carelessness. He goes to Eu... Read more