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Introduction to Classic Adventure

"Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures!" said Alexandre Dumas, the author of the much-filmed The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Man in the Iron Mask. Cinematic heroes and heroines have been following this advice since the inception of the movies, and TCM celebrates their exploits with a unique marathon of classic adventure films ranging from the silent The Sheik (1921) to The Black Stallion (1979) and including adaptations of all three of the aforementioned Dumas novels.

Each Monday this month boasts a full 24 hours of adventure, from 6am Monday to 6am Tuesday, with primetime hours organized by sub-themes. "Swashbucklers" include two of the most dashing examples" Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and Gene Kelly as D'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers (1948). Among "Knights in Shining Armor," none was more stalwart than Robert Taylor in two vehicles produced in the lavish MGM style, each featuring a ravishing brunette as heroine: Elizabeth Taylor in Ivanhoe (1952) and Ava Gardner in Knights of the Round Table (1953).

"Raised in the Wild" were Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932), given definitive treatment by Johnny Weissmuller in this first edition of his MGM franchise about the Lord of the Jungle; and Mowgli, played by Sabu in The Jungle Book (1942), a colorful live-action version of the Rudyard Kipling book. "Childhood Adventures" include Captains Courageous (1937), another Kipling tale, with Freddie Bartholomew as a spoiled schoolboy taught the ways of the sea by rugged captain Spencer Tracy, in an Oscar®-winning performance; and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939), with Mark Twain's scrappy character brought to vivid life by Mickey Rooney.

Among other sub-genres in this rousing festival are adventures involving "Pirates," "Quest for Jewels," and "Arabian Nights," along with "Royal, Survival and Underwater Adventures."

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