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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'

Robinson Crusoe (1954)

6.9/10
Director: Luis Bunuel
Starring: Dan O'Herlihy, Felipe de Alba, Jaime Fernandez

The year is 1659. There is a shipwreck and the sole survivor, Robinson Crusoe, is washed ashore on a deserted tropical island. Suddenly faced with a h... Read more

Samson (1961)

6.3/10
Director: Gianfranco Parolini
Starring: Brad Harris, Brigitte Corey, Alan Steel

Bodybuilder Brad Harris brings down the house as the strongman of Old Testament fame, splitting tree trunks with his bare hands, tackling whole legion... Read more

Samson and Delilah ( Blu-ray ) (1949)

6.8/10
Director: Cecil B DeMille
Starring: Angela Lansbury, George Sanders, Hedy Lamarr, Henry Wilcoxon, Victor Mature

Journey through time to a gloriously extravagant setting of lust, violence, and treachery in this Oscar-winning adventure from legendary filmmaker Cec... Read more

Samson and the Seven Miracles of the World (1963)

Director: Riccardo Freda
Starring: Gordon Scott, Yoko Tani

In the 13th Century, hordes of sadistic Mongol warriors descend upon China, enslaving the people and plotting to defile and assassinate the virgin pri... Read more

Sea Devils (1953)

5.7/10
Director: Raoul Walsh
Starring: Rock Hudson, Yvonne De Carlo

Rock Hudson stars in this swashbuckling tale of spies, counter-spies, and star crossed love! The threat of Napoleonic invasion hangs heavy over Britai... Read more

Shark (1968)

7.1/10
Director: Samuel Fuller
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Barry Sullivan, Arthur Kennedy, Silvia Pinal

Aka 'Man-eater'. Burt Reynolds plays a tough American smuggler in the Mediterranean hired by what he thinks a scientific expedition. The voyage turns... Read more

She (1935)

6.6/10
Director: Irving Pichel, Lansing C Holden
Starring: Helen Gahagan, Randolph Scott, Helen Mack, Nigel Bruce

A rollicking adaptation of H Rider Haggard's novel about a party of adventurers searching for a mystical element hidden in the Arctic that can provide... Read more

She Gods of Shark Reef (1958)

2.5/10
Director: Roger Corman
Starring: Don Durant, Bill Cord, Lisa Montell

This low-budget schlocker from Roger Corman is set in the South Pacific where two brothers on the run from the law are shipwrecked on an island popula... Read more

Sky Raiders (1941)

7.3/10
Director: Ray Taylor, Ford Beebe
Starring: Robert Armstrong, Donald Woods, Billy Halop

Dastardly spy Felix Lynx attacks our hero Robert Dayton through twelve thrilling chapters of high-flying action! Felix wants to steal Robert's amazing... Read more

Soldier of Fortune (1955)

6.3/10
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Starring: Clark Gable, Gene Barry, Michael Rennie, Susan Hayward

This top-notch adventure saga stars Clark Gable as a smuggler/soldier of fortune who helps beauty Susan Hayward when her photojournalist husband is ar... Read more