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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'

Burt Lancaster: Local Hero / The Flame and the Arrow / Executive Action / Seven Days in May (1950)

5.5/10
Director: Bill Forsyth, David Miller, Jacques Tourneur, John Frankenheimer
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Fredric March, Kirk Douglas, Peter Riegert, Robert Ryan, Virgini...

Burt Lancaster Box Set. 'Local Hero' (1983) - Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert star in the wonderfully whimsical comedy of an oil company's planned bu... Read more

Samson (1961)

6.3/10
Director: Gianfranco Parolini
Starring: Brad Harris, Brigitte Corey, Alan Steel

Bodybuilder Brad Harris brings down the house as the strongman of Old Testament fame, splitting tree trunks with his bare hands, tackling whole legion... Read more

Shark (1968)

7.1/10
Director: Samuel Fuller
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Barry Sullivan, Arthur Kennedy, Silvia Pinal

Aka 'Man-eater'. Burt Reynolds plays a tough American smuggler in the Mediterranean hired by what he thinks a scientific expedition. The voyage turns... Read more

Hercules Against the Moon Men (1964)

2.6/10
Director: Giacomo Gentilomo
Starring: Alan Steel

In grand Herculean fashion, our hero (Alan Steel) comes to the aid of Good Samaritans and battles the interplanetary menace of the Moon Men (who look... Read more

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

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

Samson and Delilah ( Blu-ray ) (1949)

6.8/10
Director: Cecil B DeMille
Starring: Angela Lansbury, George Sanders, Hedy Lamarr, Henry Wilcoxon, Victor Mature

Journey through time to a gloriously extravagant setting of lust, violence, and treachery in this Oscar-winning adventure from legendary filmmaker Cec... Read more

Young Buffalo Bill (1940)

5.7/10
Director: Joseph Kane
Starring: Roy Rogers, George Gabby Hayes

A thoroughly enjoyable Western bio-flick that stretches the facts but is one of Roy Rogers' best nevertheless. The cavalry sounds a call for Buffalo B... Read more

Billy the Kid - Frontier Outlaws (1944)

Director: Sam Newfield
Starring: Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Fuzzy St John

The first entry in the "Billy the Kid" film series, this classic western features the Wild West legend taking a stand against a group of outlaws tryin... Read more

Phantom from Space (1953)

4/10
Director: W Lee Wilder
Starring: Dick Sands

A cop and a pair of scientists are lured to an observatory by a series of murders, links to an invisible alien (Dick Sands) who has crash-landed on Ea... Read more