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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'

The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1964)

8.1/10
Director: Jean Sacha
Starring: Robert Hoffman, Robert Dalban

Shipwrecked on an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe fills his time in either building a shelter for himself, or by reminiscing about the years he sp... Read more

The Hurricane (1937)

7.3/10
Director: John Ford
Starring: Dorothy Lamour, Jon Hall, Mary Astor, C Aubrey Smith, Thomas Mitchell, Raymond M...

In the colonial era, island native Terangi (Jon Hall) spends a blissful honeymoon with his bride, Marama (Dorothy Lamour). Soon after, however, their... Read more

The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)

6.1/10
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

Swallows and Amazons (2016)

6.2/10
Director: Philippa Lowthorpe
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Rafe Spall, Jessica Hynes, Andrew Scott

Four children (the Swallows) on holiday in the Lake District sail on their own to an island and start a war with rival children (the Amazons). In the... Read more

Lauren Bacall: Key Largo / Blood Alley / Dark Passage / Designing Woman (1957)

9/10
Director: Delmer Daves, John Huston, Vincente Minnelli, William A Wellman
Starring: Edward G Robinson, Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall Box Set. 'Dark Passage' (1947) - Humphrey Bogart is a prison escapee framed for murder who emerges from plastic surgery with a new face.... Read more

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

Moby Dick ( Blu-ray ) (1956)

7.4/10
Director: John Huston
Starring: Bernard Miles, Gregory Peck, Harry Andrews, James Robertson Justice, Mervyn John...

Herman Melville's sea classic is brought to the screen with intensity by director John Huston. Starring Gregory Peck as Ahab, Richard Basehart as Ishm... 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

Hatari! ( Blu-ray ) (1961)

7.2/10
Director: Howard Hawks
Starring: Elsa Martinelli, Hardy Kruger, John Wayne, Red Buttons, Gerard Blain

It's adventure African style in this classic look at big game hunters. The great cast also includes Red Buttons, Elsa Martinelli and Hardy Kruger. Read more

Bells of Rosarita (1945)

6.7/10
Director: Frank McDonald
Starring: Dale Evans, Roy Rogers, George Gabby Hayes, Bob Nolan, Trigger The Horse

Sue Farnum inherits a circus, but her dead father's partner is trying to take it away from her. Roy and Bob Nolan are filming a movie on location at t... Read more