Best Family Movies of 1934


Babes in Toyland

7.1/10 IMDB

Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try to borrow money from their employer, the toymaker, to pay off the mortgage on Mother Peep's shoe and keep it and Little Bo Peep from the clutches of the evil Barnaby. When that fails, they trick Barnaby into marrying Stanley Dum instead of Bo Peep. Enraged, Barnaby unleashes the bogeymen from their caverns to destroy Toyland.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlotte Henry, Felix Knight, Henry Brandon, Florence Roberts, Virginia Karns, Marie Wilson, Johnny Downs, Scotty Beckett ..
Directed by: Gus Meins, Charley Rogers
Release date: 1934-12-14

Bright Eyes

7.2/10 IMDB

An orphaned girl is taken in by a snobbish family at the insistence of their rich, crotchety uncle, even as her devoted aviator godfather fights for custody.

Starring: Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Jane Darwell, Judith Allen, Lois Wilson, Charles Sellon, Walter Johnson, Jane Withers, Theodore von Eltz, Dorothy Christy ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1934-12-28
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Gulliver Mickey

Gulliver Mickey

7.0/10 IMDB

Mickey is first seen reading Gulliver's Travels while the mice orphan children are pretending to be sailors. After ruining their game Mickey tries to make it up to them by retelling the Liliput sequences of Gulliver's Travels pretending it was a real event that happened to him by portraying the role of Gulliver. The story ends with Mickey saving the town from a giant spider (Pete). However after telling the story, one of the children dangles a fake spider attached to a fishing rod which scares Mickey out of his witts.

Starring: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner, Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1934-05-19

Treasure Island

7.1/10 IMDB

In this early film adaptation of the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, young Jim Hawkins is caught up with the pirate Long John Silver in search of buccaneer Captain Flint's buried treasure.

Starring: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Barrymore, Otto Kruger, Lewis Stone, Nigel Bruce, Charles 'Chic' Sale, William V. Mong, Charles McNaughton, Dorothy Peterson ..
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Release date: 1934-08-17
Best Family Movies of 1934 : The Wise Little Hen

The Wise Little Hen

7.0/10 IMDB

Join Donald Duck in his debut in the classic animated short The Wise Little Hen. The Little Hen is planting corn and would like to have help from Peter Pig and Donald Duck, but they refuse stating they each have a "tummy ache." When it comes time to harvest the corn, Peter Pig and Donald still refuse to help the Hen, so she and her chicks do the harvest by themselves. Finally, the hen cooks the corn and offers some to Donald and Peter Pig, but when they look more carefully they discover a surprise.

Starring: Florence Gill, Clarence Nash, Purv Pullen, Mae Questel, The Three Rhythm Kings ..
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1934-06-08
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Little Miss Marker

Little Miss Marker

7.0/10 IMDB

Big Steve Halloway, gambler and proprietor of New York's Horseshoe Cabaret, where his girl, Bangles Carson sings, is in desperate need of money. He arranges for his fellow bookies, especially Sorrowful Jones, to each pay him $1,000 for his racehorse, Dream Prince, to lose. With all bets being placed at the window, Sorrowful encounters a gambler, having lost $500, wanting to place his bet but is unable to come up with $20. Instead, he places his daughter, Marthy Jane (Shirley Temple), as security, or in bookie's terms, a "marker". Having lost his bet, he commits suicide, leaving "little Miss Marker" under the care of Sorrowful Jones. As Steve hides out in Chicago to avoid investigation for his crooked bets, he entrusts Sorrowful to watch over Bangles during his absence, at which time the "gold digger" helps "tight-wod" with his trouble. When Big Steve learns Bangles is involved with Sorrowful, he returns to New York to do something about it.

Starring: Adolphe Menjou, Dorothy Dell, Charles Bickford, Shirley Temple, Lynne Overman, Frank McGlynn Sr., John Sheehan, Garry Owen, Willie Best, Huey White ..
Directed by: Alexander Hall
Release date: 1934-06-01
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

7.0/10 IMDB

Anne Shirley, an orphan, is fostered by farmer Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla, who were expecting a boy to be sent them to help with their farm work. They accept Anne, who quickly endears herself to them and to the local villagers.

Starring: Anne Shirley, O. P. Heggie, Helen Westley, Tom Brown, Sara Haden, Murray Kinnell, Gertrude Messinger, Charley Grapewin, Hilda Vaughn, June Preston ..
Directed by: George Nichols Jr.
Release date: 1934-11-23
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Mama's Little Pirate

Mama's Little Pirate

7.8/10 IMDB

The gang goes after pirate treasure they believe is hidden in a cave.

Starring: George McFarland, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Scotty Beckett, Billie Thomas, Jerry Tucker, Marilyn Bourne, Gilbert Hullett, Claudia Dell, Paul Rodriguez ..
Directed by: Gus Meins
Release date: 1934-11-02
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Honky Donkey

Honky Donkey

7.1/10 IMDB

Wally, the rich kid of Our Gang team, brings his pet mule along with the gang back home.

Starring: Willie Mae Taylor, Matthew Beard, George McFarland, Scotty Beckett, Tommy Bond ..
Directed by: Gus Meins
Release date: 1934-06-02
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Betty in Blunderland

Betty in Blunderland

7.1/10 IMDB

Betty falls asleep doing a jigsaw puzzle and finds herself through the looking glass into a modern, urban wonderland. The shrinking potion comes from a "Shrinkola" dispenser. When most of the characters assemble, Betty sings "How Do You Do" to them. But the jabberwock steals Betty away, and everyone comes to her rescue.

Starring: Bonnie Poe ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-04-06
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Washee Ironee

Washee Ironee

7.0/10 IMDB

Rich boy Waldo gets his clothes dirty playing football with the gang just before he has to go to his mother's society party. The gang tries to help him clean up.

Starring: Wally Albright, Matthew Beard, Scotty Beckett, Tommy Bond, George McFarland, Alvin Buckelew, Jerry Tucker, Billie Thomas, Leonard Kibrick, Gene Reynolds ..
Directed by: James Parrott
Release date: 1934-11-13
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Poor Cinderella

Poor Cinderella

6.9/10 IMDB

In the only Betty Boop color cartoon, Cinderella (Betty) goes to the ball thanks to her fairy godmother. Later, only her foot fits the glass slipper.

Starring: Mae Questel, Bonnie Poe, Jack Mercer, Dorothy Compton ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-08-03
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Two-Gun Mickey

Two-Gun Mickey

6.8/10 IMDB

Minnie rides into town and takes a large sack of money out of the bank. Pegleg Pete gathers his gang to take it from her, and they chase her out of town. Lonesome cowboy Mickey, who met Minnie earlier and was told she could take care of herself, sees this chase unfolding from his high perch, and rides down to save the day.

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner ..
Directed by: Ben Sharpsteen
Release date: 1934-12-15

The Discontented Canary

5.7/10 IMDB

A canary is frustrated by being caged. One day the kind old lady who owns him opens a nearby window, and also leaves the door to the cage open. Freedom! But it's not all it's cracked up to be.

Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1934-09-15
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Betty Boop's Rise to Fame

Betty Boop's Rise to Fame

6.2/10 IMDB

A reporter interviews Max Fleischer about his creation, and Betty illustrates with excerpts from three prior cartoons.

Starring: Cab Calloway, Mae Questel, Max Fleischer ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1934-05-18
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Strikes and Spares

Strikes and Spares

6.3/10 IMDB

This short features professional bowler Andy Varipapa. He first shows the correct way to grip a bowling ball and the proper form for delivering the ball down the alley. He then performs several trick shots.

Starring: Pete Smith, Andy Varipapa, Buster Brodie, Ray Turner ..
Directed by: Felix E. Feist
Release date: 1934-10-20
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Playful Pluto

Playful Pluto

6.4/10 IMDB

Mickey's trying to do some yardwork, but Pluto wants to play. They end up indoors; Mickey breaks a screen, spreads flypaper, and they both get stuck.

Starring: Walt Disney, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1934-03-03
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

6.1/10 IMDB

Aladdin is a child laborer who works for a guy that exchanges "new lamps for old". This guy swaps a "new" lamp for 2-3 replacement old lamps, then brings back the old lamps for Aladdin to polish and make look like new. One day Aladdin sees a princess riding by as he looks out the window, and he falls for her. But then he must return to his lamp polishing...

Directed by: Shamus Culhane, Ub Iwerks
Release date: 1934-08-10
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Baby Take a Bow

Baby Take a Bow

6.4/10 IMDB

Eddie Ellison is an ex-con who spent time in Sing-Sing prison. Kay marries him as soon as he serves his time. Five years later, Eddie and his ex-convict buddy Larry, have both gone straight, and Eddie and Kay have a beautiful little girl named Shirley. However, Welch has kept a close eye on them for years. He believes in "once a criminal, always a criminal." Then, when Eddie's employer's wife's pearls go missing, it comes out that Eddie and Larry both spent time in prison, and they're fired. Welch suspects that Eddie and Larry have something to do with the theft of the pearls. Will Welch prove that Eddie and Larry had something to do with the theft, or will the truth prevail?

Starring: Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Claire Trevor, Alan Dinehart, Ray Walker, Dorothy Libaire, Ralf Harolde, James Flavin, Richard Tucker, Olive Tell ..
Directed by: Harry Lachman
Release date: 1934-06-30

Tale of the Vienna Woods

6.1/10 IMDB

The animated adventure of a faun and a satyr who is only animate during daylight.

Directed by: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1934-10-27
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Those Beautiful Dames

Those Beautiful Dames

5.5/10 IMDB

Toys in a shop window come to life and visit a poverty-stricken little girl as she sleeps. She awakens to find that her shack has been refurbished and that the toys are about to throw her a party.

Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1934-11-10
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Holiday Land

Holiday Land

5.8/10 IMDB

Scrappy does not want to get up and go to school. As the days peel off his calendar, the dates representing holidays come to life. Father time, in particular, takes Scrappy on a holidays tour.

Starring: Beatrice Hagen, Marie Arbuckle, Barbara Whitson, Connee Boswell, Purv Pullen, Dorothy Compton, Beatrice Hagen, Mary Moder ..
Directed by: Sid Marcus
Release date: 1934-11-09

Picture Palace

5.6/10 IMDB

In this Vitaphone Broadway Brevity musical short, Hal and Dawn work at the same vaudeville theater, where he's an usher, she's a chorus girl. When they both get fired, they form an act and vow to get back to their old theater, as performers.

Starring: Hal Le Roy, Dawn O'Day, Jack Fulton, Charles Anthony Hughes ..
Directed by: Roy Mack
Release date: 1934-02-10
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Pettin' in the Park

Pettin' in the Park

5.3/10 IMDB

Another cartoon by Warner Brothers that is plugging a song from its movie "Gold Diggers of 1933".

Directed by: Bernard B. Brown
Release date: 1934-01-27
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

5.4/10 IMDB

A little girl is eating too many snacks when she doesn't realize that it is her bedtime. Then the Sandman comes out of nowhere and, sure enough, the girl falls asleep in the blink of an eye. Just then, she has a dream that she is in Toyland, where she encounters all kinds of fairy tale characters.

Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1934-04-14
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Stand Up and Cheer!

Stand Up and Cheer!

5.4/10 IMDB

President Franklin Roosevelt appoints a theatrical producer as the new Secretary of Amusement in order to cheer up an American public still suffering through the Depression. The new secretary soon runs afoul of political lobbyists out to destroy his department.

Starring: Warner Baxter, Madge Evans, James Dunn, Sylvia Froos, John Boles, Arthur Byron, Shirley Temple, Ralph Morgan, Jimmy Dallas, Tess Gardella ..
Directed by: Hamilton MacFadden
Release date: 1934-05-04

Three Little Kittens

6.5/10 IMDB

Three Kittens enjoy their day at play in the kitchen. This is known for the final two minutes involving one of the most infamous moments in early animation when they encounter a rat in the wall

Directed by: John Foster
Release date: 1934-01-01

The King's Tailor

6.1/10 IMDB

A tailor aides his king, who is threatened by a giant and a swarm of bees.

Directed by: Ub Iwerks, Shamus Culhane
Release date: 1934-10-28
Best Family Movies of 1934 : Toyland Broadcast

Toyland Broadcast

5.5/10 IMDB

Station ABC broadcasts the Toyland Revue, featuring music from baby-doll singers, a roly-poly bandleader, a jack-in-the-box crooner, a wind-up music box and more.

Starring: Jack Carr ..
Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1934-12-22

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