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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'

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

Last Of The Pony Riders (1953)

7.6/10
Starring: Gene Autry

Ex-Pony Express rider Autry ties to protect his US mail franchise as the Pony Express gives way to stage coach mail and the telegraph. 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

Loaded Pistols (1948)

6.5/10
Director: John English
Starring: Gene Autry

Gene protects young Larry Evans, wrongly accused of murder, while trying to find the real badguys. 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