Best Family Movies of 1937

1.

Captains Courageous

4.8
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
2.

Way Out West

4.6
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
3.

Heidi

3.7
7.3/10 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
4.

The Prince and the Pauper

3.7
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 : Wee Willie Winkie
5.

Wee Willie Winkie

3.6
7.0/10 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
6.

Fishy Tales

3.3
7.6/10 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: 1937-08-27
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Framing Youth
7.

Framing Youth

3.3
7.6/10 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: 1937-09-10
Best Family Movies of 1937 : Academy Award Review of Walt Disney Cartoons
8.

Academy Award Review of Walt Disney Cartoons

3.0
7.1/10 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 : Modern Inventions
9.

Modern Inventions

3.0
7.3/10 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 : A Family Affair
10.

A Family Affair

3.0
6.8/10 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

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