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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'

Son of Ali Baba (1952)

5.9/10
Director: Kurt Neumann
Starring: Hugh O'Brian, Piper Laurie, Susan Cabot, Tony Curtis, William Reynolds

Tony Curtis and Piper Laurie team up in this Arabian adventure. Curtis plays Kashma Baba, son of the infamous Ali Baba, who rescues the beautiful slav... Read more

Son of Fury (1942)

7.1/10
Director: John Cromwell
Starring: Elsa Lanchester, Gene Tierney, George Sanders, John Carradine, Roddy McDowall, T...

An exciting swashbuckler set in the early 19th century and starring Tyrone Power as the illegitimate son of a British nobleman who is forced into serv... Read more

Son of Samson / Son of Cleopatra (1961)

Director: Carlo Campogalliani
Starring: Mark Forrest, Mark Damon

Heeding an inner voice, the 'Son of Samson,' a loner from an outlying borough scourges the capital, using his high-caliber muscles to break up the Que... Read more

Swallows and Amazons (2016)

6.2/10
Director: Philippa Lowthorpe
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Rafe Spall, Jessica Hynes, Andrew Scott

Four children (the Swallows) on holiday in the Lake District sail on their own to an island and start a war with rival children (the Amazons). In the... Read more

Taras Bulba (1962)

6.4/10
Director: J Lee Thompson
Starring: Yul Brynner, Tony Curtis, Christine Kaufmann, Sam Wanamaker, Brad Dexter

The legendary tale of the Cossacks' fight for freedom from the Poles over 400 years ago. Yul Brunner stars as a powerful Cossack chieftain leading his... Read more

Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938)

5.1/10
Director: Edward Kull, Wilbur McGaugh
Starring: Herman Brix, Ula Holt, Frank Baker

In this classic Tarzan adventure, culled from 1935's 'The New Adventures of Tarzan' serial, Tarzan (Herman Brix) and his allies are in Guatemala, wher... Read more

Tarzan and the Trappers (1958)

5/10
Director: Charles Haas
Starring: Gordon Scott, Rickie Sorensen, Eve Brent

Gordon Scott stars as the jungle-dwelling icon in this classic adventure. Enforcing the jungle's code of justice, Tarzan tries to impede the actions o... Read more

Tarzan the Fearless (1933)

5.3/10
Director: Robert Hill
Starring: Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Jacqueline Wells, Edward Woods

Buster Crabbe dons the loincloth this time as the Lord of the Jungle, helping a young girl find her father and discover a lost city. This delightful,... Read more

Tarzan the Fearless / Tarzan and the Trappers (1958)

Director: Charles Haas, Robert Hill
Starring: Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Jacqueline Wells, Edward Woods, Gordon Scott

"Tarzan The Fearless" (1958)- This delightful, ancient-looking artifact was released as a twelve chapter serial and then as a feature edited from the... Read more

Tarzan's Revenge (1938)

5/10
Director: D Ross Lederman
Starring: Glenn Morris, Eleanor Holm, Hedda Hopper

"Ahhhhhaaahhhhaaaaaahhhhhhh!" The cry resounds through the dense African jungle, sending a chill down the spines of villains and a thrill through the... Read more