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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 Man in the Iron Mask (1939)

7.2/10
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

Robinson Crusoe (1954)

6.9/10
Director: Luis Bunuel
Starring: Dan O'Herlihy, Felipe de Alba, Jaime Fernandez

The year is 1659. There is a shipwreck and the sole survivor, Robinson Crusoe, is washed ashore on a deserted tropical island. Suddenly faced with a h... Read more

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

7.6/10
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

Northwest Passage (1940)

7.1/10
Director: King Vidor
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan

This rousing adventure saga is based on the exploits of colonial American frontiersman Robert Rogers and his men. Spencer Tracy stars as Rogers, leadi... Read more

North West Frontier (1959)

7.2/10
Director: J Lee Thompson
Starring: Herbert Lom, Kenneth More, Lauren Bacall, Wilfrid Hyde-White

In northwestern India soon after the turn of the 20th Century, Moslem rebels seek to kill a six-year-old Hindu prince to end his family line. Captain... Read more

Ulysses (1954)

6.7/10
Director: Mario Camerini
Starring: Anthony Quinn, Kirk Douglas, Silvana Mangano

It's high adventure, Homer-style, with Kirk Douglas as the brave adventurer who battles the one-eyed Cyclops, encounters sorceress Circe (who turns hi... 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 Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958)

6.1/10
Director: Raoul Walsh
Starring: Bruce Cabot, Henry Hull, Jayne Mansfield, Kenneth More, Ronald Squire

A proper English gentleman, traveling in the American West, inadvertently stops an Indian attack on the stagecoach in which he is a passenger. When th... Read more

Soldier of Fortune (1955)

6.3/10
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Starring: Clark Gable, Gene Barry, Michael Rennie, Susan Hayward

This top-notch adventure saga stars Clark Gable as a smuggler/soldier of fortune who helps beauty Susan Hayward when her photojournalist husband is ar... Read more

King of the Khyber Rifles (1953)

6.4/10
Director: Henry King
Starring: Michael Rennie, Terry Moore, Tyrone Power

1930's leading man Tyrone Power plays a half caste British officer staioned in India. Of mixed heritage, Power struggles to earn the respect of his fe... Read more