Best Family Movies of 1935

1.

The Tortoise and the Hare

4.3
7.1/10 IMDB

The Tortoise and the Hare is an animated short film released on January 5, 1935 by United Artists, produced by Walt Disney and directed by Wilfred Jackson. Based on an Aesop's fable of the same name, The Tortoise and the Hare won the 1934 Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. This cartoon is also believed to be one of the influences for Bugs Bunny.

Starring: Eddie Holden, Alyce Ardell, Pinto Colvig, Ned Norton, Marcellite Garner, Shirley Gill, Sara Berner ..
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1935-01-05
2.

David Copperfield

3.7
7.4/10 IMDB

Charles Dickens' classic tale of an orphaned boy's fight for happiness and the colorful characters who help and hinder him.

Starring: Freddie Bartholomew, Edna May Oliver, Elizabeth Allan, Jessie Ralph, Harry Beresford, Hugh Walpole, Basil Rathbone, Herbert Mundin, John Buckler, Fay Chaldecott ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1935-01-18
Best Family Movies of 1935 : The Little Colonel
3.

The Little Colonel

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

After Southern belle Elizabeth Lloyd runs off to marry Yankee Jack Sherman, her father, a former Confederate colonel during the Civil War, vows to never speak to her again. Several years pass and Elizabeth returns to her home town with her husband and young daughter. The little girl charms her crusty grandfather and tries to patch things up between him and her mother.

Starring: Shirley Temple, Lionel Barrymore, Evelyn Venable, John Lodge, Sidney Blackmer, Stephen Chase, William Burgess, Bill Robinson, Hattie McDaniel, Geneva Williams ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1935-02-22
4.

Curly Top

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Wealthy Edward Morgan becomes charmed with a curly-haired orphan and her pretty older sister Mary and arranges to adopt both under the alias of "Mr. Jones". As he spends more time with them, he soon finds himself falling in love with Mary.

Starring: Shirley Temple, John Boles, Rochelle Hudson, Jane Darwell, Rafaela Ottiano, Esther Dale, Etienne Girardot, Arthur Treacher, Maurice Murphy, Bess Flowers ..
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Release date: 1935-07-26
Best Family Movies of 1935 : The Littlest Rebel
5.

The Littlest Rebel

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Virgie Cary's father, a rebel officer, sneaks back to his rundown plantation to see his dying wife and is arrested. A Yankee officer takes pity and sets up an escape. Everyone is captured and the officers are to be executed. Virgie and Uncle Billy beg President Lincoln to intercede.

Starring: Shirley Temple, John Boles, Jack Holt, Karen Morley, Bill Robinson, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Willie Best, Frank McGlynn Sr., Bessie Lyle, Hannah Washington ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1935-12-27
Best Family Movies of 1935 : Teacher's Beau
6.

Teacher's Beau

3.4
7.4/10 IMDB

The gang tries to dissuade their teacher from geting married.

Starring: Carl Switzer, Scotty Beckett, Billie Thomas, Donald Proffitt, Rex Downing, Barry Downing, Dorian Johnston, Jackie White, Margaret Kerry, George McFarland ..
Directed by: Gus Meins
Release date: 1935-04-27
Best Family Movies of 1935 : Scrooge
7.

Scrooge

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

Ebenezer Scrooge, the ultimate Victorian miser, hasn't a good word for Christmas, though his impoverished clerk Cratchit and nephew Fred are full of holiday spirit. In the night, Scrooge is visited by spirits of the past, present, and future.

Starring: Seymour Hicks, Donald Calthrop, Mary Glynne, Garry Marsh, Oscar Asche, Marie Ney, C. V. France, Athene Seyler, Maurice Evans, Mary Lawson ..
Directed by: Henry Edwards
Release date: 1935-11-26
Best Family Movies of 1935 : Beginner's Luck
8.

Beginner's Luck

3.2
7.4/10 IMDB

Spanky's mother's pushes him to join a local theater amateur night.

Starring: George McFarland, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Scotty Beckett, Billie Thomas, Jerry Tucker, Marianne Edwards, Ruth Hiatt, Leonard Kibrick, Carl Switzer, Harold Switzer ..
Directed by: Gus Meins
Release date: 1935-02-23
Best Family Movies of 1935 : Betty Boop and Grampy
9.

Betty Boop and Grampy

3.1
6.8/10 IMDB

Betty Boop is off to see Grampy and she picks up some friends on the way. Check out Grampy's crazy house of funky mechanical devices.

Starring: Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1935-08-16
Best Family Movies of 1935 : Sprucin' Up
10.

Sprucin' Up

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

A new truant officer moves into the neighborhood, and everybody wants to get friendly with his daughter.

Starring: Scotty Beckett, George McFarland, Carl Switzer, Billie Thomas, Alvin Buckelew, Marianne Edwards, Robert Lentz, Donald Proffitt, Harold Switzer, Jerry Tucker ..
Directed by: Gus Meins
Release date: 1935-06-01
Best Family Movies of 1935 : Who Killed Cock Robin?
11.

Who Killed Cock Robin?

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

A robin is shot so the woodland community holds a trial to investigate.

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Clarence Nash, Purv Pullen, Martha Wentworth, Leo Cleary, Jerry Philips, Melvin Gilly, David Butler ..
Directed by: David Hand
Release date: 1935-06-25
Best Family Movies of 1935 : Anniversary Trouble
12.

Anniversary Trouble

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

The gang's treasury is entrusted to Spanky, who accidentally gets it mixed up with his father's money.

Starring: Matthew Beard, Scotty Beckett, George McFarland, Billie Thomas, Alvin Buckelew, Harry Harvey Jr., Leonard Kibrick, Sidney Kibrick, Donald Proffitt, Jerry Tucker ..
Directed by: Gus Meins
Release date: 1935-03-13
Best Family Movies of 1935 : Judge for a Day
13.

Judge for a Day

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

Betty Boop, annoyed by 'public pests' like backslappers, gum parkers, and mud splashers, imagines what she'd do to them if she were a judge.

Starring: Mae Questel, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1935-09-20
Best Family Movies of 1935 : Balloon Land
14.

Balloon Land

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

The inhabitants, including the trees and rocks, of Balloon Land are made entirely of balloons. They come under attack from the evil Pincushion Man. With the help of a quickly inflated army, they manage to fend off the attacker.

Starring: Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Ub Iwerks
Release date: 1935-09-30
15.

The Sleeping Beauty

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Centuries ago in the past, the witch, who doesn't like Beauty, puts her to sleep, then flies throughout the castle spreading sleep powder, placing all into slumber. Eventually we flash forward to present time: A young hepcat in a convertible tries awakening Sleeping Beauty, and everyone in the castle, with some Big Band music. Will it work? A Puppetoon animated short film.

Directed by: George Pal
Release date: 1935-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1935 : A Little Soap and Water
16.

A Little Soap and Water

2.8
6.0/10 IMDB

Betty Boop tries to give Pudgy the Pup a bath, with slapstick results.

Starring: Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1935-06-21
Best Family Movies of 1935 : A Language All My Own
17.

A Language All My Own

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

Betty Boop takes her stage act on the road, and plays in Japan to great acclaim.

Starring: Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1935-07-19
Best Family Movies of 1935 : The Lost Chick
18.

The Lost Chick

2.8
5.7/10 IMDB

A chicken has hatched seven chicks. She locates six of them, but the other, Eggbert, is missing.

Directed by: Hugh Harman
Release date: 1935-03-09
Best Family Movies of 1935 : Alias St. Nick
19.

Alias St. Nick

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Mrs. Mouse is reading "A Visit from St. Nicholas" to her brood when a cat tries to break in. The cat overhears them arguing about the existence of Santa, so he dresses up accordingly.

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Bernice Hansen ..
Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1935-11-16
Best Family Movies of 1935 : Country Mouse
20.

Country Mouse

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

A strong mouse says that he will become the heavyweight champion of the world. But his grandma (who is just as strong) doesn't want him to fight...

Starring: Tedd Pierce ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1935-07-12
Best Family Movies of 1935 : I Haven't Got a Hat
21.

I Haven't Got a Hat

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

It's recital day at the schoolhouse. First up: Porky, who recites The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. A nervous kitten recites Mary Had a Little Lamb. The puppies Ham and Ex sing the title song. Oliver Owl plays the piano; Beans the cat puts a cat and dog inside, and they play a tune as well.

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Joe Dougherty, Bernice Hansen, Martha Wentworth ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1935-03-02
Best Family Movies of 1935 : Pirate Party on Catalina Isle
22.

Pirate Party on Catalina Isle

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Various Hollywood performers put on a pirate-themed variety show on Catalina Island, with a number of amiable stars in the audience.

Starring: Charles Rogers, Robert Armstrong, Vince Barnett, Jack Duffy, Blanche Mehaffey, Monica Bannister, Bonnie Bannon, Lynn Bari, Virginia Bruce, Betty Burgess ..
Directed by: Gene Burdette
Release date: 1935-11-20
23.

Baby Be Good

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

Betty Boop tells naughty Little Jimmy a corrective fairy tale.

Starring: Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1935-01-18
Best Family Movies of 1935 : Gold Diggers of '49
24.

Gold Diggers of '49

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

Porky and Beans are prospectors during the Gold Rush, but when a villain steals Porky's bag of loot Beans races to get it back so he can marry Porky's daughter Little Kitty.

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Joe Dougherty, Bernice Hansen ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1935-11-02
25.

Honeyland

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

An MGM Happy Harmonies cartoon in which a group of industrious bees, working to make honey among other products, attempt to outwit a spider who's chasing two of the bees.

Starring: Lorayne Brox, Bobbe Brox, Patricia Brox ..
Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1935-10-19
Best Family Movies of 1935 : The Sunshine Makers
26.

The Sunshine Makers

2.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Happy sunshine-bottling gnomes battle gloomy swamp-dwellers.

Directed by: Burt Gillett, Ted Eshbaugh
Release date: 1935-01-10
Best Family Movies of 1935 : Taking the Blame
27.

Taking the Blame

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

Betty brings home a cat as a playmate for her pet puppy, Pudgy. The cat manages to get Pudgy blamed for all his misbehaviour.

Starring: Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1935-02-15
Best Family Movies of 1935 : Our Little Girl
28.

Our Little Girl

2.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Don Middleton is so caught up with his work he neglects his wife Elsa. Lonely Elsa begins to spend more time with Don's best friend and they become attracted to one another. Don and Elsa decide to get a divorce, unaware of the effect their problems are having on their daughter Molly. When Elsa announces plans to remarry, Molly runs away from home.

Starring: Shirley Temple, Joel McCrea, Rosemary Ames, J. Farrell MacDonald, Lyle Talbot, Erin O'Brien-Moore, Margaret Armstrong, Leonard Carey ..
Directed by: John S. Robertson
Release date: 1935-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1935 : The Fire Alarm
29.

The Fire Alarm

2.4
5.3/10 IMDB

2 puppets are left to their uncle's attention who works at the Fire house.

Starring: Bernice Hansen, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1935-12-23
30.

Poor Little Me

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

Bunnies, turtles, and other small woodland animals play. A child skunk remains apart, heartbroken that he has no friends.

Directed by: Hugh Harman
Release date: 1935-05-11
Best Family Movies of 1935 : Hollywood Capers
31.

Hollywood Capers

2.3
5.7/10 IMDB

W.C.Fields enters the Warmer Bros. Studio. Beans tries to drive in, but the guard throws him and his car against a tree. Charlie Chaplin drives in, followed by Oliver Hardy on foot - but we see that it's really Beans in disguise. Oliver Owl is directing a picture; Beans sneaks onto the stage. He's watching from a catwalk when someone knocks him off, into the middle of the scene. Beans is thrown off the set, right into the set of a Frankenstein movie. He accidentally brings the robotic monster to life, and it crashes into the original studio, eating the camera. Beans tries to stop the monster, but is sent flying. He lands against a wind machine. which chops up the monster.

Starring: Tommy Bond, Bernice Hansen ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1935-10-19
Best Family Movies of 1935 : The Adventures of Rex and Rinty
32.

The Adventures of Rex and Rinty

2.3
6.3/10 IMDB

A 12 episode serial starring Rex, the King of the Wild Horses and Rin-Tin-Tin, Jr. Rex is brought from the island of Sujan, where he is worshiped as a God-Horse, to the U.S. to be trained as a polo pony. He escapes, meets Rinty and with the help of Frank Bradley is returned to Sujan. The natives have been persuaded to turn against their God-Horse, however he is rescued just in time before he is burned as a sacrifice.

Starring: Rex, Rin Tin Tin Jr., Kane Richmond, Norma Taylor, Mischa Auer, Smiley Burnette, Harry Woods, Pedro Regas, Hooper Atchley, Wheeler Oakman ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe, B. Reeves Eason
Release date: 1935-08-30
Best Family Movies of 1935 : Donkey Baseball
33.

Donkey Baseball

1.5
6.1/10 IMDB

This short film highlights the odd 1930s fad of playing baseball while riding donkeys.

Starring: Pete Smith, Eddie Baker, Jack 'Tiny' Lipson, Robert Milasch, Cotton Warburton ..
Directed by: John Waters
Release date: 1935-03-02
34.

Show Kids

0.0
5.1/10 IMDB

During the Great Depression, vaudeville has fallen on hard times. The Palace Theater may have to close its doors, unless the proprietor, William Jenkins, does something different, so he allows his 12-year-old son to put on a kiddie show that packs the house.

Starring: Arthur Aylesworth, Tad Alexander, Florence Fair ..
Directed by: Ralph Staub
Release date: 1935-01-05

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