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 Man in the Iron Mask (1939)

Director: James Whale
Starring: Alan Hale, Joan Bennett, Joseph Schildkraut, Louis Hayward, Warren William

James Whale's exciting adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas novel centers on twin heirs to France's throne who are separated at birth. The first-born Lou... Read more

Hercules Unchained (1960)

Director: Pietro Francisci
Starring: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Sylvia Lopez

Steve Reeves returns as the mighty Hercules in this saga of muscles, maidens and monsters. Robbed of his memory, Herc is a prisoner of the lovely Quee... Read more

Long John Silver (1953)

Director: Byron Haskin
Starring: Robert Newton, Kit Taylor

Robert "Arr - matey!" Newton repeats his Treasure Island role as Long John Silver in this Australian adventure film - and if anything, Newton is even... 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 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 Wild Women of Wongo (1958)

Director: James L Wolcott
Starring: Jean Hawkshaw, Mary Ann Webb, Cande Gerrard, Johnny Walsh

A prehistoric beach blanket classic with leopard skin-clad women and brutish men engaged in the battle of the sexes on the idyllic island of Wongo. A... Read more

The Son of Monte Cristo (1940)

Director: Rowland V Lee
Starring: Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, George Sanders, Lionel Royce, Florence Bates

Louis Hayward stars as the sword-slinging hero, Edmond Dantes Jr., in this swashbuckling adventure from director Rowland V Lee. Masquerading as a fopp... Read more

Mutiny (1952)

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Starring: Mark Stevens, Angela Lansbury, Gene Evans

Mark Stevens stars as Captain James Marshall of the American ship Concord in the classic period drama, set during the War of 1812. After finding himse... Read more

Captain Scarlett (1953)

Director: Thomas H Carr
Starring: Richard Greene, Leonora Amar

Romance and swashbuckling abound in this classic actioner starring Richard Greene as Captain Carlos Scarlett, a 19th-century Frenchman who returns hom... 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