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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'

Fanfan la Tulipe (1952)

7.3/10
Director: Christian-Jaque
Starring: Genevieve Page, Gerard Philipe, Gina Lollobrigida

Set in 18th-century France, this romantic farce stars Gerard Philipe as the charming peasant Fanfan. After joining King Louis XV's army in order to av... Read more

The Giant of Marathon (1959)

5.1/10
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Starring: Mylene Demongeot, Steve Reeves, Daniela Rocca

Steve Reeves, cinema's most famous muscleman, stars as the real life hero of Greek history. In 'The Giant of Marathon', Reeves plays Philippides, an O... Read more

Sea Devils (1953)

5.7/10
Director: Raoul Walsh
Starring: Rock Hudson, Yvonne De Carlo

Rock Hudson stars in this swashbuckling tale of spies, counter-spies, and star crossed love! The threat of Napoleonic invasion hangs heavy over Britai... Read more

Omoo Omoo - The Shark God (1949)

3.2/10
Director: Leon Leonard
Starring: Ron Randell, Michael Whalen

A sea captain (Trevor Bardette) courts disaster when he removes a pair of black pearls from a native shrine. According to native legend, bad luck will... 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

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

Tarzan's Revenge (1938)

5/10
Director: D Ross Lederman
Starring: Glenn Morris, Eleanor Holm, Hedda Hopper

"Ahhhhhaaahhhhaaaaaahhhhhhh!" The cry resounds through the dense African jungle, sending a chill down the spines of villains and a thrill through the... Read more

Tarzan the Fearless (1933)

5.3/10
Director: Robert Hill
Starring: Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Jacqueline Wells, Edward Woods

Buster Crabbe dons the loincloth this time as the Lord of the Jungle, helping a young girl find her father and discover a lost city. This delightful,... Read more

Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938)

5.1/10
Director: Edward Kull, Wilbur McGaugh
Starring: Herman Brix, Ula Holt, Frank Baker

In this classic Tarzan adventure, culled from 1935's 'The New Adventures of Tarzan' serial, Tarzan (Herman Brix) and his allies are in Guatemala, wher... Read more

Captain Scarlett (1953)

4.7/10
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