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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'

Tarzan: 3 More Classic Adventures (1948)

7.2/10
Director: Kurt Neumann, Robert Florey
Starring: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield

A further three classic Tarzan adventures from the Johnny Weissmuller years collected on one DVD! 'Tarzan and the Mermaids' (1948) has a high priest t... Read more

The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)

8/10
Director: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
Starring: Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Eugene Pallette

One of cinema's greatest adventure films sees Errol Flynn at his swashbuckling best in a role originally slated for James Cagney. Claude Rains is the... Read more

The Adventures of Superman: Season 1 (1952)

Director: Lee Sholem
Starring: George Reeves, Phyllis Coates, Jeff Corey, Walter Reed, J Farrell MacDonald

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound! George Reeves plays the legendary Man... Read more

The Adventures of Superman: Season 2 (1953)

Starring: George Reeves, Noel Neill

George Reeves returns as the steel-bending, building-leaping and sometimes glasses-wearing super hero in the complete second season. Noel Neill also j... Read more

The Adventures of Superman: Seasons 3 & 4 (1954)

Starring: George Reeves, Noel Neill, Jack Larson

The Man of Steel flew into people's living rooms in stark living colour for the first time in the third and fourth seasons. This time his exploits tak... Read more

The Black Rose (1950)

6.4/10
Director: Henry Hathaway
Starring: Jack Hawkins, Michael Rennie, Orson Welles, Robert Blake, Tyrone Power

After orchestrating an unsuccessful rebellion against the Normans, a 13th-century Saxon nobleman (Tyrone Power) must flee his homeland. His journey le... Read more

The Black Shield of Falworth (1954)

6.5/10
Director: Rudolph Mate
Starring: Barbara Rush, David Farrar, Herbert Marshall, Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis

In one of his earliest and most dashing performances, a young Tony Curtis pursues his real-life bride Janet Leigh, while defending the British throne... Read more

The Black Swan (1942)

6.9/10
Director: Henry King
Starring: Laird Cregar, Maureen O'Hara, Tyrone Power, Thomas Mitchell, George Sanders, Ant...

Tyrone Power is his usual stylish and articulate self in this classic swashbuckling pirate tale adapted from Sabatini's novel. The starry cast, music... Read more

The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)

7.6/10
Director: Rowland V Lee
Starring: Louis Calhern, Robert Donat, Sidney Blackmer, Raymond Walburn, Elissa Landi

Robert Donat stars in this classic swashbuckler based on the 1844 novel by Alexandre Dumas. It tells the story of Edmond Dantes, a common seaman false... Read more

The Crimson Pirate (1952)

7.3/10
Director: Robert Siodmak
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Nick Cravat, Eva Bartok

This rip-roaring, swashbuckling adventure (among the best) stars Burt Lancaster and Nick Cravat as buccaneers in the Mediterranean. It has it all - p... Read more