Tag: Adventure

Gift Horse | 1952 | Richard Attenborough, James Donald

The Gift Horse follows a ship and her crew from the time they come together in 1940 until the climactic Combined Operations raid on St Nazaire on March 28 1942. Trevor Howard plays the role of the newly appointed captain, back in service after...

Jamaica Inn | 1939 | Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Hara

Alfred Hitchcock’s final British film before leaving for the States and a second career is a disappointing and an uncharacteristic romantic melodrama. Set in 19th-century Cornwall, and about an orphan girl who becomes involved with smugglers...

A High Wind in Jamaica | 1965 | Anthony Quinn James Coburn

Richard Hughes’s masterly novel, transferred vividly to the screen by Alexander Mackendrick, is a darker work than sometimes suggested. A hurricane devastates the island, so children are dispatched to England and safety. On the journey their...

The Best of Enemies | 1961 | David Niven, Alberto Sordi

Anglo-Italian satire in which Niven’s suave army major and Sordi’s captain keep bumping into each other in wartime Ethiopia. David Niven’s plane crashes in enemy territory, and he and his RAF sidekick (Michael Wilding) are captured...

Under the Red Robe | 1937 | Conrad Veidt, Annabella

Another version of the story that had already been filmed twice in 1916 and 1923. This time around, with the benefit of sound, Conrad Veidt is the swordsman who escapes execution when Cardinal Richelieu (Raymond Massey) sends him off to kill a rebel...

Walkabout | 1971 | Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg,

After their father commits suicide, an English teenage girl (Agutter) and her younger brother (Roeg’s own son John) wander into the desert where they are saved by aborigine boy Gumpilil. The trio become a wandering family, with John as the...

The Valley of Gwangi | 1969 | James Franciscus, Gila Golan,

Working from an unfilmed treatment by the veteran special-effects master O’Brien, stop-motion animator extraordinaire Ray Harryhausen brought this fanciful fantasy western to the screen. Franciscus plays a cowpoke hired to capture a living...

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