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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 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

His Majesty O'Keefe (1953)

6.2/10
Director: Byron Haskin
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Joan Rice, Benson Fong, Philip Ahn

A colourful action-packed tale starring Burt Lancaster as an adventurer who modernizes the technology of a south seas island and is considered a god. Read more

Ivanhoe (1952)

6.8/10
Director: Richard Thorpe
Starring: Joan Fontaine, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Taylor, George Sanders, Robert Douglas,...

Elaborate costume drama adapted from Sir Walter Scott's novel, set in medieval England features Robert Taylor as Ivanhoe, Elizabeth Taylor as Rebecca,... Read more

Jungle Jim (1948)

6.8/10
Director: William Berke
Starring: Johnny Weissmuller, Virginia Grey, George Reeves

Johnny Weissmuller leads a perilous expedition to find a miracle drug. Virginia Gray and George Reeves co-star. Read more

Knights Of The Round Table (1953)

6.3/10
Director: Richard Thorpe
Starring: Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer

Stalwart Lancelot (Robert Taylor) is forced to choose between his love for Guinevere (Ava Gardner) and loyalty to King Arthur. This often told story g... Read more

The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)

7/10
Director: Richard Thorpe
Starring: Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Jane Greer, James Mason

Stewart Granger stars as the king's lookalike cousin, called on to impersonate him when it appears the succession may be threatened. James Mason play... Read more

Scaramouche (1952)

7.6/10
Director: George Sidney
Starring: Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, Janet Leigh

Rafael Sabatini's novel comes alive in this screen presentation that has the great swordsman avenging his brother's death and fighting for justice dur... Read more

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

7.6/10
Director: Harold Young
Starring: Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey

Polished, solid swashbuckling entertainment with Leslie Howard the impeccably dressed and impossibly noble embodiment of the heroic freedom fighter. W... Read more

The Three Musketeers (1948)

7.2/10
Director: George Sidney
Starring: Lana Turner, Gene Kelly, June Allyson, Van Heflin

In this fine presentation of the Alexandre Dumas classic, Gene Kelly and Lana Turner feature in the requisite romance, danger, intrigue and fortune du... Read more