Best Family Movies of 1936


I Love to Singa

7.7/10 IMDB

I Love to Singa depicts the story of a young owl who wants to sing jazz, instead of the classical music that his German parents wish him to perform. The plot is a lighthearted tribute to Al Jolson's film The Jazz Singer.

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Tommy Bond, Johnnie Davis, Joe Dougherty, Bernice Hansen, Martha Wentworth ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1936-07-18
Best Family Movies of 1936 : Poor Little Rich Girl

Poor Little Rich Girl

7.1/10 IMDB

Cossetted and bored, Barbara Barry is finally sent off to school by her busy if doting widowed soap manufacturer father. When her nurse is injured en route, Barbara finds herself alone in town, ending up as part of radio song-and-dance act Dolan and Dolan sponsored by a rival soap company.

Starring: Shirley Temple, Jack Haley, Gloria Stuart, Alice Faye, Michael Whalen, Sara Haden, Jane Darwell, Claude Gillingwater, Paul Stanton, Henry Armetta ..
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Release date: 1936-07-24

Captain January

7.2/10 IMDB

Shirley lives with a lighthouse keeper (Kibbee) who rescued her when her parents drowned. A truant officer (Haden) decides she should go to boarding school, but she's rescued by relatives. Buddy Ebsen dances "At The Codfish Ball" with Shirley.

Starring: Shirley Temple, Guy Kibbee, Slim Summerville, Buddy Ebsen, Sara Haden, Jane Darwell, June Lang, Jerry Tucker, Nella Walker, George Irving ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1936-04-24
Best Family Movies of 1936 : Little Lord Fauntleroy

Little Lord Fauntleroy

7.2/10 IMDB

An American boy turns out to be the heir of a wealthy British earl. He is sent to live with the irritable and unsentimental aristocrat, his grandfather.

Starring: Freddie Bartholomew, Dolores Costello, C. Aubrey Smith, Guy Kibbee, Henry Stephenson, Mickey Rooney, Constance Collier, E. E. Clive, Una O'Connor, Jackie Searl ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1936-03-06
Best Family Movies of 1936 : Stowaway


7.1/10 IMDB

Chin-Ching gets lost in Shanghai and is befriended by American playboy Tommy Randall. She falls asleep in his car which winds up on a ship headed for America. Susan Parker, also on the ship, marries Randall to give Chin-Ching a family.

Starring: Shirley Temple, Robert Young, Alice Faye, Eugene Pallette, Helen Westley, Arthur Treacher, Allan Lane, J. Edward Bromberg, Astrid Allwyn, Robert Greig ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1936-12-25
Best Family Movies of 1936 : Christmas Comes But Once a Year

Christmas Comes But Once a Year

7.2/10 IMDB

At an orphanage, the children are sad because they received defective toys as gifts. Professor Grampy sees the children while passing by in his sled and has an idea on how to give them a merry Christmas.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer, Seymour Kneitel
Release date: 1936-12-04
Best Family Movies of 1936 : Page Miss Glory

Page Miss Glory

6.4/10 IMDB

A bellhop in the No 1. hotel of a smalltown awaiting the arrival of Miss Glory dreams he has to page Miss Glory at a first class hotel in New York, and this turns out to be a nightmare. Finally he is awakened by the manager, because Miss Glory's car has arrived, but instead of a beautiful lady, a child star a la Shirley Temple steps out

Starring: Tommy Bond, Bernice Hansen ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1936-06-09
Best Family Movies of 1936 : Wanted - A Master

Wanted - A Master

6.8/10 IMDB

A dog living in a junkyard learns that all stray dogs will be exterminated by 3 o'clock that afternoon, so sets off to find a master before the deadline.

Starring: Pete Smith, Horace B. Carpenter, Dave O'Brien ..
Directed by: Arthur J. Ornitz, Gunther von Fritsch
Release date: 1936-12-26
Best Family Movies of 1936 : Three Blind Mouseketeers

Three Blind Mouseketeers

6.4/10 IMDB

As the title implies, the three blind mice are musketeers. The cat sets a number of traps for them, which they all evade (apparently without realizing it) while he sleeps. The cat eventually wakes up and begins chasing them unsuccessfully, thanks to their teamwork.

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: David Hand
Release date: 1936-09-26
Best Family Movies of 1936 : Dimples


6.8/10 IMDB

Dimples Appleby lives with her pick-pocket grandfather in 19th century New York City. She entertains the crowds while he works his racket. A rich lady makes it possible for the girl to go legit.

Starring: Shirley Temple, Frank Morgan, Robert Kent, Helen Westley, Stepin Fetchit, Astrid Allwyn, Brook Byron, Berton Churchill, Paul Stanton, Julius Tannen ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1936-10-08

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