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'

The Black Rose (1950)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

The Giant of Marathon (1959)

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Starring: Mylene Demongeot, Steve Reeves, Daniela Rocca

Steve Reeves, cinema's most famous muscleman, stars as the real life hero of Greek history. In 'The Giant of Marathon', Reeves plays Philippides, an O... Read more

The Guns of Navarone (1961)

Director: J Lee Thompson
Starring: Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, Anthony Quayle, Irene P...

Gregory Peck, David Niven, and Anthony Quinn star as a team of Allied military specialists recruited for a dangerous but imperative mission: to infilt... Read more

The Guns of Navarone ( Blu-ray ) (1961)

Director: J Lee Thompson
Starring: Anthony Quayle, Anthony Quinn, David Niven, Gregory Peck, Irene Papas, James Dar...

Gregory Peck, David Niven, and Anthony Quinn star as a team of Allied military specialists recruited for a dangerous but imperative mission: to infilt... Read more

The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)

Director: Marty Feldman
Starring: Ann-Margret , James Earl Jones, Marty Feldman, Michael York, Peter Ustinov, Ter...

Set in England and Morocco in 1906, Marty Feldman's "remake" mocks all the do-or-die extravaganzas we've known and loved as he portrays Digby, identic... Read more

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)

Director: Henry Hathaway
Starring: Gary Cooper, Franchot Tone, Richard Cromwell

Majestic in its scope, this rousing, superlative adventure details the camaraderie between British soldiers on the Northwest frontier of India. Gary C... Read more