Best Family Movies of 1937


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

7.6/10 IMDB

A beautiful girl, Snow White, takes refuge in the forest in the house of seven dwarfs to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen. The Queen is jealous because she wants to be known as "the fairest in the land," and Snow White's beauty surpasses her own.

Starring: Adriana Caselotti, Lucille La Verne, Harry Stockwell, Roy Atwell, Pinto Colvig, Otis Harlan, Scotty Mattraw, Billy Gilbert, Eddie Collins, Moroni Olsen ..
Directed by: David Hand
Release date: 1937-12-21

Captains Courageous

8.0/10 IMDB

Harvey, the arrogant and spoiled son of an indulgent absentee-father, falls overboard from a transatlantic steamship and is rescued by a fishing vessel on the Grand Banks. Harvey fails to persuade them to take him ashore, nor convince the crew of his wealth. The captain offers him a low-paid job, until they return to port, as part of the crew that turns him into a mature, considerate young man.

Starring: Freddie Bartholomew, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas, Charley Grapewin, Mickey Rooney, John Carradine, Oscar O'Shea, Jack La Rue, Walter Kingsford ..
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Release date: 1937-06-25
Best Family Movies of 1937 : The Old Mill

The Old Mill

7.8/10 IMDB

Night in an old mill is dramatically depicted in this Oscar-winning short in which the frightened occupants, including birds, timid mice, owls, and other creatures try to stay safe and dry as a storm approaches. As the thunderstorm worsens, the mill wheel begins to turn and the whole mill threatens to blow apart until at last the storm subsides.

Starring: Louise Myers, Jean MacMurray, Jerry Philips, Marie Arbuckle, Marta Nelson, Barbara Whitson, Clarence Nash, Mae Questel, Purv Pullen, Melvin J. Gibby ..
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Graham Heid
Release date: 1937-11-05

Way Out West

7.6/10 IMDB

Stan and Ollie try to deliver the deed to a valuable gold mine to the daughter of a dead prospector. Unfortunately, the daughter's evil guardian is determined to have the gold mine for himself and his saloon-singer wife.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Rosina Lawrence, James Finlayson, Sharon Lynn, Chill Wills, Stanley Fields, Vivien Oakland, Flora Finch, Dinah ..
Directed by: James W. Horne
Release date: 1937-04-16
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Heidi


7.2/10 IMDB

Heidi is orphaned and her uncaring maternal Aunt Dete takes her to the mountains to live with her reclusive, grumpy paternal grandfather, Adolph Kramer. Heidi brings her grandfather back into mountain society through her sweet ways and sheer love. When Dete later returns and steals Heidi away to become the companion of a rich man's wheelchair-bound daughter, the grandfather is heartsick to discover his little girl missing and immediately sets out to get her back.

Starring: Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt, Arthur Treacher, Helen Westley, Thomas Beck, Mary Nash, Sidney Blackmer, Pauline Moore, Marcia Mae Jones, Mady Christians ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1937-10-15

The Prince and the Pauper

7.2/10 IMDB

Two boys – the prince Edward and the pauper Tom – are born on the same day. Years later, when young teenage Tom sneaks into the palace garden, he meets the prince. They change clothes with one another before the guards discover them and throw out the prince thinking he's the urchin. No one believes them when they try to tell the truth about which is which. Soon after, the old king dies and the prince will inherit the throne.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Henry Stephenson, Barton MacLane, Billy Mauch, Robert J. Mauch, Alan Hale, Eric Portman, Lionel Pape, Leonard Willey ..
Directed by: William Keighley
Release date: 1937-04-30
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Modern Inventions

Modern Inventions

7.2/10 IMDB

Donald Duck goes to a museum of modern inventions. After getting in without paying, he meets a robot butler who takes Donald's hat every time he sees him. Donald is very annoyed by this and magically fixes himself a new hat every time this happens and strolls on. Ignoring the sign not to touch it, Donald starts playing with a wrapping machine and ends up being wrapped himself. He also encounters and tries out a robot nursemaid and a fully automatic barber chair. They both don't do him much good.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Billy Bletcher, Cliff Edwards, Adriana Caselotti ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1937-05-29
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Wee Willie Winkie

Wee Willie Winkie

6.9/10 IMDB

In 1897, little Priscilla Williams, along with her widowed mother, goes to live with her army colonel paternal grandfather on the British outpost he commands in northern India.

Starring: Shirley Temple, Victor McLaglen, C. Aubrey Smith, June Lang, Michael Whalen, Cesar Romero, Constance Collier, Douglas Scott, Gavin Muir, Willie Fung ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1937-07-30
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Fishy Tales

Fishy Tales

7.5/10 IMDB

Alfalfa tries to back out of a fight by pretending to be incapacitated.

Starring: George McFarland, Carl Switzer, Tommy Bond, Eugene 'Porky' Lee, Darla Hood, Billie Thomas ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1937-08-28
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Framing Youth

Framing Youth

7.4/10 IMDB

Alfalfa and Butch are competing in an amateur radio contest, and Butch tries to fix it so that he will win.

Starring: Carl Switzer, George McFarland, Tommy Bond ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1937-09-11
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Night 'n' Gales

Night 'n' Gales

7.5/10 IMDB

Because of a storm, the Gang has to stay overnight at Darla's house, and they drive her father crazy.

Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1937-07-24
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Glove Taps

Glove Taps

7.6/10 IMDB

Butch challenges Alfalfa to a fight.

Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1937-02-20
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Gifts from the Air

Gifts from the Air

6.1/10 IMDB

A toyless boy finds a broken soldier doll and gets a very special Christmas as a result.

Release date: 1937-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Academy Award Review of Walt Disney Cartoons

Academy Award Review of Walt Disney Cartoons

7.0/10 IMDB

A compilation of five Oscar-winning Disney shorts, released to help promote the upcoming release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, Dorothy Compton, Mary Moder, Eddie Holden, Ned Norton, Lillian Randolph ..
Directed by: Burt Gillett, Wilfred Jackson, David Hand
Release date: 1937-05-18
Best Family Movies of 1937 : The Pigskin Palooka

The Pigskin Palooka

7.4/10 IMDB

While Alfalfa was away at military school, his letters to his friends back home bragged about how he was a star football player. Now that he's back home, he has to prove it.

Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1937-10-23
Best Family Movies of 1937 : A Family Affair

A Family Affair

6.7/10 IMDB

Judge Hardy faces problems at work and at home. Powerful men in town are upset with his decisions and want to see him impeached; his daughters, Joan and Marion, have romantic problems; and his son, Andy discovers Polly Benedict. As usual, Judge Hardy is concerned with everyone in the family and lends wisdom and calmness to all.

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Cecilia Parker, Eric Linden, Mickey Rooney, Charley Grapewin, Spring Byington, Julie Haydon, Sara Haden, Allen Vincent, Margaret Marquis ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1937-03-12
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Porky's Badtime Story

Porky's Badtime Story

7.0/10 IMDB

After Porky and Gabby oversleep yet again, their boss warns them that they'll be fired if they're late again...

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1937-07-23
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Three Smart Boys

Three Smart Boys

7.0/10 IMDB

When they overhear Miss Witherspoon, the school superintendent, say that nothing short of an epidemic will allow the school to be closed for a week, the Our Gang conspire to fake illness.

Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1937-05-13
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Elephant Boy

Elephant Boy

6.5/10 IMDB

Robert Flaherty and Zoltán Korda shared best director honors at the Venice Film Festival for collaborating on this charming translation of Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Book” story “Toomai of the Elephants.” A harmonious mix of the two filmmakers’ styles, Flaherty's adeptness at ethnographic documentary meeting Korda's taste for grand adventure, ELEPHANT BOY also served as the breakthrough showcase for the thirteen-year-old Sabu, whose beaming performance as a young mahout leading the British on an expedition made him a major international star.

Starring: Sabu, W.E. Holloway, Walter Hudd, Allan Jeayes, D.J. Williams, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Iravatha, Harry Lane, Bruce Gordon ..
Directed by: Zoltan Korda, Robert J. Flaherty
Release date: 1937-04-05
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Our Gang Follies of 1938

Our Gang Follies of 1938

7.2/10 IMDB

Alfalfa gives up being "King of the Crooners" to sing opera, but a nightmare of being under the thumb of an evil producer sends him back to his roots.

Starring: Carl Switzer, Darla Hood, George McFarland, Eugene 'Porky' Lee, Billie Thomas, Georgie Jean LaRue, Tommy Ryan, Annie Ross ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1937-12-18
Best Family Movies of 1937 : The Case of the Stuttering Pig

The Case of the Stuttering Pig

7.0/10 IMDB

Porky Pig and his family inherit Uncle Solomon's estate, but if they die everything goes to the lawyer, who turns himself into a Mr. Hyde-style monster in an effort to kill off the pigs.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher, Sara Berner ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1937-10-30
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Porky's Building

Porky's Building

6.4/10 IMDB

Porky and another contractor are competing to submit the lower bid for a new city hall. When they submit identical bids, the city has them compete, whichever finishes first gets the job.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher, Bernice Hansen ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1937-06-18
Best Family Movies of 1937 : The Little Match Girl

The Little Match Girl

7.0/10 IMDB

A small girl makes her living selling matches on the streets of New York. It's winter, and the hustling crowds at best ignore her, and some are outright rude. She takes shelter and, to try to stave off the cold a bit, lights a match. It gets blown out; this happens again, then on the third try, she falls into a dream. In this dream, cherubs attend her, she gets a new doll, then a new dress. The cherubs put her on a throne. Then a storm comes, and she goes toward a candle. That candle goes out, and we see that back in the real world, so did her match and her life. An angel comes along and takes her soul.

Directed by: Arthur Davis, Sid Marcus
Release date: 1937-11-05
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Little Red Walking Hood

Little Red Walking Hood

6.6/10 IMDB

Red walks past a pool hall; the wolf sees her and pursues. But Red is oblivious to his come-ons. The wolf short-cuts to granny's house; when Red arrives, granny lets the wolf dress as up and attack. The action pauses for a phone call (granny places her grocery order), some late arrivals, and egghead meandering along.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Elvia Allman, Tedd Pierce ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1937-11-06
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Rover's Rival

Rover's Rival

6.5/10 IMDB

Porky reads a book of new dog tricks; unfortunately, his dog, Rover, is old. A puppy comes by and taunts him.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1937-10-08
Best Family Movies of 1937 : I Wanna Be a Sailor

I Wanna Be a Sailor

6.2/10 IMDB

Momma parrot is teaching her young-uns to say "Polly want a cracker" but little Peter doesn't want a cracker, he wants to be a sailor like dad. Mom tells him what a no-account his dad really was, setting sail for Hawaii ("no, Maw, it was Catalina") right after the kids were born. Peter is unswayed, and takes off. He turns a barrel into a boat, and crews it with an annoyingly talkative duckling, then sets sail on a lake. They get caught in a thunderstorm (the duck loves it). Peter calls for help and momma comes running, but the duck has already saved him. But he still wants to be a sailor.

Starring: Elvia Allman, Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher, Robert Winkler, Bernice Hansen ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1937-09-25
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Streamlined Greta Green

Streamlined Greta Green

6.2/10 IMDB

In the world of this cartoon, cars act like humans. Junior wants to grow up to be a taxi, but mom wants him to be a nice, respectable touring car (taxi dancers are literally taxis). What mom doesn't know is that junior has been sneaking into town to play in traffic, drink hi-test gas, and race trains. He runs out of gas at a particularly bad time and gets towed to the garage.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bernice Hansen ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1937-06-19
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Porky's Garden

Porky's Garden

6.3/10 IMDB

Porky decides to start a garden. Mayhem ensues.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Earle Hodgins, Charles Judels ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1937-09-11
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Ali Baba Goes to Town

Ali Baba Goes to Town

6.4/10 IMDB

While visiting Hollywood a starstruck movie fan (Eddie Cantor) fantasizes about himself cast in an Arabian adventure. Director David Butler's comedy--with many songs--also features Tony Martin, Roland Young, Gypsy Rose Lee (billed as Rose Hovick), John Carradine, June Lang, Virginia Field, Charles Lane, The Peters Sisters and many big-name guest stars playing themselves.

Starring: Eddie Cantor, Tony Martin, Roland Young, June Lang, Gypsy Rose Lee, John Carradine, Virginia Field, Jeni Le Gon, Douglass Dumbrille, Alan Dinehart ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1937-10-29
Best Family Movies of 1937 : I Only Have Eyes for You

I Only Have Eyes for You

6.2/10 IMDB

The iceman is in love with a pretty girl, and an old spinster is pining and cooking for him. But his dreamgirl prefers crooners like Bing Crosby, Rudy Vallee, or Eddie Cantor. After leaving her, he spots the sign of an imitator, and thinks he could ask him to do the crooning for him while he is trying to date his girl. The imitator accepts, and at first the trick is working, until the imitator gets too cold amid the ice in the back of the van and the girl gets suspicious.

Starring: Elvia Allman, Sara Berner, Joe Twerp ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1937-03-06
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Egghead Rides Again

Egghead Rides Again

5.8/10 IMDB

City dweller Egghead dreams of being a cowboy, but his bouncing around gets him kicked out of his boarding house. He sees an ad for a ranch looking for a cowboy and applies. His tryout includes tests of marksmanship and use of a branding iron, but most of it consist of chasing down and roping a troublesome little calf. He passes the test, but the job isn't exactly what he dreamed of.

Starring: Tex Avery, Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1937-07-17
Best Family Movies of 1937 : The Lyin' Mouse

The Lyin' Mouse

5.9/10 IMDB

A mouse is trying to free himself from a trap when a cat arrives. The mouse, desperate, asks if the cat has heard the story of the lion and the mouse.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher, Bernice Hansen ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1937-10-15
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Little Buck Cheeser

Little Buck Cheeser

5.9/10 IMDB

Little Cheeser and his friends, inspired by Buck Rogers (and visions of cheese), build a rocket ship and fly to the moon.

Starring: Bernice Hansen ..
Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1937-12-18
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Plenty of Money and You

Plenty of Money and You

5.7/10 IMDB

A hen's chicks hatch, but one of them is actually an ostrich. She treats it as her own, but the ostrich keeps getting into trouble, first getting stuck after eating a goldfish, then falling down steps into a basement and swallowing a car jack, then having a little run-in with a worm and a lawn sprinkler, and finally getting captured by the weasel.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Danny Webb ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1937-07-30
Best Family Movies of 1937 : A Sunbonnet Blue

A Sunbonnet Blue

5.7/10 IMDB

A rat comes between two mice in love.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Tex Avery, Billy Bletcher, Bernice Hansen ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1937-08-21
Best Family Movies of 1937 : The Hot Air Salesman

The Hot Air Salesman

5.9/10 IMDB

A door to door salesman visits Betty Boop's home with a long line of useless household gadgets.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1937-03-12
Best Family Movies of 1937 : The Littlest Diplomat

The Littlest Diplomat

5.4/10 IMDB

Young Sybil visits her grandfather, a British Colonel stationed at a garrison in India, and she helps negotiate a diplomatic truce between him and the local natives.

Starring: Sybil Jason, Lumsden Hare, Sidney Bracey, Carlyle Moore Jr., Paul Panzer, Carlos De Valdez, Charles Austin ..
Directed by: Bobby Connolly
Release date: 1937-09-06
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Reunion in Rhythm

Reunion in Rhythm

6.8/10 IMDB

The gang puts on a musical show at a reunion for some of the former Gang kids.

Starring: Darla Hood, Eugene 'Porky' Lee, George McFarland, Carl Switzer, Billie Thomas, Georgie Jean LaRue, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Joe Cobb, Mickey Daniels, Mary Kornman ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1937-01-08
Best Family Movies of 1937 : 45 Fathers

45 Fathers

5.8/10 IMDB

An orphan girl becomes adopted by a group of old men and is placed in the home of one of them. She sings and dances and helps out where she can.

Starring: Jane Withers, Thomas Beck, Louise Henry, Richard Carle, Nella Walker, Andrew Tombes, Leon Ames, Sammy Cohen, George Givot, Ruth Warren ..
Directed by: James Tinling
Release date: 1937-11-26

Bar-Rac's Night Out

6.0/10 IMDB

In this Pete Smith Specialty short, a raccoon spends the night looking for food for his family. After his encounters with a skunk, a frog, and a menacing bobcat, he experiences the dangers in a vacant cabin.

Starring: Pete Smith ..
Directed by: Earl Frank
Release date: 1937-02-27


6.0/10 IMDB

The title character is a resourceful young man who knows a whole little about a whole lot of things, and who concentrates by playing his saxophone. Clarence ingratiates himself with the wealthy and eccentric Wheeler family, though daughter Cora can't stand the boy.

Starring: Roscoe Karns, Eleanore Whitney, Eugene Pallette, Johnny Downs, Inez Courtney, Charlotte Wynters, Spring Byington ..
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1937-02-12
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Bunny Mooning

Bunny Mooning

5.8/10 IMDB

Jack and Jill Rabbit get hitched in this classic Fleischer Studios cartoon (made a year before Bugs Bunny hit the scene).

Starring: Mae Questel, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1937-02-12

Tim Tyler's Luck

6.3/10 IMDB

A 12-episode serial in which Tim Tyler goes to Africa in search of his father in gorilla country. He meets up with Laura, who is after Spider Webb who has framed her brother. Webb causes the death of Tim's father, but is eventually tracked down.

Starring: Frankie Thomas, Frances Robinson, Jack Mulhall, Al Shean, Norman Willis, Anthony Warde, Earl Douglas, William Benedict, Frank Mayo, Alan Gregg ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe, Wyndham Gittens
Release date: 1937-12-27

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