Best Family Movies of 1931


The Ugly Duckling

7.0/10 IMDB

The film begins with a mother hen sitting on her eggs from which six baby chicks are born. Though initially overjoyed, her mood changes to disgust when the final egg hatches out a duckling. Though the duckling desperately attempts to win his foster family's acceptance, the mother hen is adamant in her refusal to care for an infant that isn't even her species, let alone not even hers.

Starring: Florence Gill, Purv Pullen, Jack Mercer, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1931-12-16
Best Family Movies of 1931 : Mama Loves Papa

Mama Loves Papa

6.8/10 IMDB

Widow Martha and widower Brandon plan to marry; their teenaged children do their slapstick best to interfere. One of "The Boy Friends" series.

Starring: Mickey Daniels, Grady Sutton, David Rollins, Mary Kornman, Gertrude Messinger, May Wallace, Harry Bernard, Betty Bolen, Charlie Hall, Sam Lufkin ..
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1931-10-23
Best Family Movies of 1931 : Shiver My Timbers

Shiver My Timbers

7.5/10 IMDB

The Gang plays hooky from school so they can listen to the tall tales of a friendly sea captain.

Starring: Sherwood Bailey, Matthew Beard, Dorothy DeBorba, Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins, George Ernest, Jerry Tucker, Carlena Beard, Billy Gilbert, June Marlowe, Sherwood Bailey ..
Directed by: Robert F. McGowan
Release date: 1931-10-09
Best Family Movies of 1931 : Skippy


6.3/10 IMDB

Skippy, the mischievous son of a wealthy doctor, meets Sooky in poverty-ridden Shantytown, and together they try to save Sooky's pet from a cruel dogcatcher.

Starring: Jackie Cooper, Robert Coogan, Mitzi Green, Jackie Searl, Willard Robertson, Enid Bennett, Donald Haines, Helen Jerome Eddy, Beaudine Anderson, Dannie Mac Grant ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1931-04-25
Best Family Movies of 1931 : Mickey's Orphans

Mickey's Orphans

6.4/10 IMDB

At Christmas time, Mickey Mouse, Minnie and Pluto are beset by an enormous litter of bratty orphan cats.

Starring: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner, Jack Mercer, Purv Pullen, Mae Questel, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1931-12-09

Wot a Night

6.3/10 IMDB

Cab drivers Tom and Jerry, waiting at a trains train station for customers on a stormy night, eagerly solicit two arriving gentlemen in top hats until they give in and ask for a ride to their castle.

Directed by: John Foster, Vernon Stallings
Release date: 1931-08-01
Best Family Movies of 1931 : The Christmas Party

The Christmas Party

6.4/10 IMDB

In this holiday short, Jackie Cooper wants to throw a Christmas party for his friends on his football team but doesn't know how to go about it. His fellow stars at MGM help him out.

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Marion Davies, Reginald Denny, Marie Dressler, Jimmy Durante, Cliff Edwards, Clark Gable, Charlotte Greenwood ..
Directed by: Charles Reisner
Release date: 1931-12-17
Best Family Movies of 1931 : Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!

Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!

5.6/10 IMDB

The wacky, jolly, hair-raising adventures of singing streetcar conductor Foxy.

Starring: Rudolf Ising ..
Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1931-09-05
Best Family Movies of 1931 : You Don't Know What You're Doin'!

You Don't Know What You're Doin'!

5.5/10 IMDB

Piggy picks up his girlfriend and takes her to a theater where a hot jazz orchestra is playing.

Starring: Orlando "Slim" Martin, Rudolf Ising ..
Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1931-10-21
Best Family Movies of 1931 : Newly Rich

Newly Rich

6.1/10 IMDB

Two small town widows bring their children to Hollywood, where their children become competing film stars. The girl is sweet, the boy is a killjoy sissy. For publicity, the rival families go to London to meet a middle European boy King. The three kids decide they need to escape their stifling lives and run away to the docks and join a gang.

Starring: Mitzi Green, Edna May Oliver, Louise Fazenda, Jackie Searl, Bruce Line, Virginia Hammond, Lawrence Grant, Dell Henderson, Frank Baker, Wilson Benge ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1931-07-02
Best Family Movies of 1931 : Sooky


5.0/10 IMDB

Skippy, son of Dr. Herbert and Mrs. Skinner, adamantly stands by his poor friend, Sooky Wayne, who lives in Shantytown with his sickly mother. The Boone Boys, a boys' club that costs thirty dollars to join and has uniforms that Sooky admires, refuses to admit him because he is poor. Sooky and Skippy form their own club called the Beagle Boys.

Starring: Jackie Cooper, Robert Coogan, Willard Robertson, Enid Bennett, Helen Jerome Eddy, Jackie Searl, Guy Oliver, Harry Beresford, Gertrude Sutton, Oscar Apfel ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1931-12-26

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