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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'

Mutiny (1952)

5.1/10
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 Kidd (1945)

6.4/10
Director: Rowland V Lee
Starring: Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott, John Carradine, Barbara Britton

Charles Laughton stars as the cruel, ruthless pirate, Captain Kidd. Despite his reputation, King William III enlists Kidd and his men to safeguard pas... Read more

Adventures Of Don Juan (1948)

7/10
Director: Vincent Sherman
Starring: Errol Flynn, Viveca Lindfors, Robert Douglas

En garde! This was Flynn's first swashbuckler in over nine years. The story of the great lover, Don Juan, coming to the rescue of his Queen. Winner of... Read more

She Gods of Shark Reef (1958)

2.5/10
Director: Roger Corman
Starring: Don Durant, Bill Cord, Lisa Montell

This low-budget schlocker from Roger Corman is set in the South Pacific where two brothers on the run from the law are shipwrecked on an island popula... Read more

The Wild Women of Wongo (1958)

2.1/10
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)

6.3/10
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

Tarzan and the Trappers (1958)

5/10
Director: Charles Haas
Starring: Gordon Scott, Rickie Sorensen, Eve Brent

Gordon Scott stars as the jungle-dwelling icon in this classic adventure. Enforcing the jungle's code of justice, Tarzan tries to impede the actions o... Read more

Gorilla ( aka Nabonga ) (1944)

6.7/10
Director: Sam Newfield
Starring: Julie London, Larry 'Buster' Crabbe

In this campy jungle adventure, a gorilla named Nabonga warms up to a teenage girl whose plane, which was also carrying a bundle of embezzled cash, cr... Read more

Bulldog Drummond's Bride (1939) / Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937) / Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937)

Director: Louis King, James P Hogan
Starring: John Howard, Ray Milland, John Barrymore, Heather Angel, Reginald Denny

'Bulldog Drummond's Bride' - On his way to the altar, famed adventurer Captain Hugh Bulldog Drummond (John Howard), is sidelined by a bank robbery com... 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