Best Family Movies of 1938

1.

Ferdinand the Bull

4.2
7.1/10 IMDB

This Oscar-winning short tells of a bull who preferred to sit under trees and smell flowers to clashing horns with his fellow animals. As luck would have it, an untimely bee reveals Ferdinand's ferocious side via pained howls and wild stomping. This lands him in the bull-fighting arena amidst characters based on Walt's animators with a matador reportedly modeled after Walt himself.

Starring: Milt Kahl, Don Wilson, Walt Disney ..
Directed by: Dick Rickard
Release date: 1938-11-23
2.

A Christmas Carol

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Classic Charles Dickens holiday tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miser's miser who has a huge change of heart after spirits whisk him into the past, present, and future.

Starring: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Terry Kilburn, Barry MacKay, Lynne Carver, Leo G. Carroll, Ann Rutherford, Lionel Braham, D'Arcy Corrigan ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1938-12-16
Best Family Movies of 1938 : Brave Little Tailor
3.

Brave Little Tailor

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

When a giant threatens the land, the cityfolk mistake Mickey's boast of killing seven flies with one blow to be giants. He is then forced to fight the giant for real.

Starring: Walt Disney, Eddie Holden, Marcellite Garner ..
Directed by: William Roberts, Burt Gillett
Release date: 1938-09-23
4.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Rebecca's Uncle Harry leaves her with Aunt Miranda who forbids her to associate with show people. But neighbor Anthony Kent is a talent scout who secretly set it up for her to broadcast.

Starring: Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, Jack Haley, Gloria Stuart, Phyllis Brooks, Helen Westley, Slim Summerville, Bill Robinson, Raymond Scott, Alan Dinehart ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1938-03-18
5.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Tom Sawyer and his pal Huckleberry Finn have great adventures on the Mississippi River, pretending to be pirates, attending their own funeral and witnessing a murder.

Starring: Tommy Kelly, Jackie Moran, Ann Gillis, May Robson, Victor Jory, Walter Brennan, David Holt, Victor Kilian, Nana Bryant, Olin Howland ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1938-02-11
Best Family Movies of 1938 : Hide and Shriek
6.

Hide and Shriek

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Detective Alfalfa and his assistants Buckwheat and Porky try to solve a missing-candy case but find themselves in an amusement park haunted house.

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Dick Elliott, Fred Holmes, Darla Hood, Gary Jasgur, Leonard 'Percy' Landy, Eugene 'Porky' Lee, Carl Switzer, Billie Thomas ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1938-06-18
7.

Listen, Darling

3.0
6.5/10 IMDB

To stop Pinkie's widowed, struggling mother Dottie from marrying a well-off older man they know she doesn't love, teenager Pinkie and her best friend Buzz kidnap her in the family travel trailer to live a carefree life on the open road. They then get the idea to find Dottie a financially secure husband whom both she and Pinkie would like.

Starring: Judy Garland, Freddie Bartholomew, Mary Astor, Walter Pidgeon, Alan Hale, Scotty Beckett, Gene Lockhart, Charley Grapewin, Barnett Parker, Edgar Dearing ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1938-10-21
Best Family Movies of 1938 : Daffy Duck & Egghead
8.

Daffy Duck & Egghead

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Daffy taunts a hunter in Tex Avery's classic, meta short.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Danny Webb ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1938-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1938 : The Daffy Doc
9.

The Daffy Doc

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

After being thrown out as Doctor Quack's assistant, Daffy Duck makes Porky Pig his own -- unwilling -- patient.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1938-11-26
Best Family Movies of 1938 : Have You Got Any Castles?
10.

Have You Got Any Castles?

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Another entry in the "books come alive" subgenre, with possibly more books coming alive than any other. We begin with some musical numbers, notably the various pages of Green Pastures all joining in on a song, The Thin Man entering The White House Cookbook and exiting much fatter, and The House of Seven (Clark) Gables singing backup to Old King Cole. The Three Musketeers break loose, become Three Men on a Horse, grab the Seven Keys to Baldpate, and set the Prisoner of Zenda free. They are soon chased by horsemen from The Charge of the Light Brigade and Under Two Flags and beset by the cannons of All Quiet on the Western Front. All this disturbs the sleep of Rip Van Winkle, who opens Hurricane so that everyone is (all together now) Gone with the Wind.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Delos Jewkes, Tedd Pierce, Georgia Stark ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1938-06-25
Best Family Movies of 1938 : Porky's Hare Hunt
11.

Porky's Hare Hunt

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Porky goes after a rogue rabbit who manages to frustrate him at each turn. He is unsuccessful and the rabbit comes to visit him just to make recovery tougher for him.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Ben Hardaway
Release date: 1938-04-30
Best Family Movies of 1938 : Canned Fishing
12.

Canned Fishing

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Spanky and Alfalfa plot to play hooky so they can go fishing, by pretending that Alfalfa is sick and Spanky should stay with him while the parents are away. But Spanky's mom, knowing the truth, turns the tables by insisting they also watch Spanky's little brother. But taking care of little brother turns out to be more difficult than they expected.

Starring: Wilma Cox, Gary Jasgur, Carl Switzer, Billie Thomas, George McFarland, Eugene 'Porky' Lee ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1938-02-12
Best Family Movies of 1938 : Daffy Duck in Hollywood
13.

Daffy Duck in Hollywood

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Daffy causes trouble on a Hollywood set.

Starring: Sara Berner, Herman Bing, Mel Blanc, Ruth Clifford, Joe Macmurray, Melvin J. Gibby ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1938-12-03
Best Family Movies of 1938 : Little Miss Broadway
14.

Little Miss Broadway

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

An orphan is provisionally adopted by the manager of a hotel populated by show business people. The hotel's owner doesn't like the entertainers and wants the girl returned to the orphanage.

Starring: Shirley Temple, George Murphy, Jimmy Durante, Phyllis Brooks, Edna May Oliver, George Barbier, Edward Ellis, Jane Darwell, El Brendel, Donald Meek ..
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Release date: 1938-07-29
Best Family Movies of 1938 : The Fox Hunt
15.

The Fox Hunt

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Donald controls the hounds , and Goofy is riding on Horace Horsecollar, as the fox outwits both of them.

Starring: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Florence Gill, Clarence Nash, Purv Pullen ..
Directed by: Ben Sharpsteen
Release date: 1938-07-29
Best Family Movies of 1938 : Porky's Five & Ten
16.

Porky's Five & Ten

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Porky sets sail for the Boola-Boola islands in the South Seas with a ship full of general merchandise and plans to open a 5 & 10 cent store. But a swordfish cuts a hole in the ship and Porky's goods fall into the ocean, where the fish make creative uses of them, ultimately opening a Hollywood nightclub, complete with fish impersonating various stars.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1938-04-15
Best Family Movies of 1938 : Porky in Egypt
17.

Porky in Egypt

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Porky is a tourist. He's missed the main camel, so he rents one of his own. Both of them are soon overcome by the hot desert sun; the camel starts hallucinating, and marches off, playing the bagpipes. Porky sees the camel swimming in a pool, but it turns out to be a mirage. The camel eventually recovers enough to bring both of them back to town, where Porky goes mad.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1938-11-05
Best Family Movies of 1938 : The Mice Will Play
18.

The Mice Will Play

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

The mice are on the loose after hours in a doctor's office, playing with the various pieces of medical apparatus. Susie Mouse is caged for research until her lover Johnnie frees her. A mouse orchestra plays a swinging wedding song. But throughout, a cat is stalking...

Starring: Margaret Hill-Talbot, Mel Blanc, Bernice Hansen, The Sportsmen Quartet ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1938-12-17
Best Family Movies of 1938 : Now That Summer Is Gone
19.

Now That Summer Is Gone

2.6
6.5/10 IMDB

"Summer is gone" and throughout the forest, squirrels are working hard gathering acorns for the long cold winter ahead. But one young squirrel has a better idea...winning acorns by shooting dice. His father disapproves of the plan but can't make his son stop gambling. Winter comes and the father sends the son to the First Nutional Bank to retrieve the family acorn savings. On the way back, the son meets up with a mysterious squirrel intent on teaching him the evils of gambling...

Starring: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1938-05-13
Best Family Movies of 1938 : Katnip Kollege
20.

Katnip Kollege

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

At the Katnip Kollege, we see a roomful of cats taking a course in Swingology. Everyone swings except Johnny, who can't cut it and has to sit in the dunce chair. Miss Kitty Bright tells him to look her up when he learns how to swing. Finally, listening to the pendulum clock at night, Johnny gets the beat. He rushes out to where everyone is playing and sings "Easy As Rollin' Off a Log" to Kitty Bright. She joins in; he grabs a trumpet for an instrumental break, with the complete band. They both fall off a log; she covers him with kisses.

Starring: Johnnie Davis, Mabel Todd, Poley McClintock, George MacFarland ..
Directed by: Cal Howard, Cal Dalton
Release date: 1938-06-11
Best Family Movies of 1938 : A Star Is Hatched
21.

A Star Is Hatched

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Emily the chicken, lives in Hickville but dreams of Hollywood. Her chance comes when director J. Megga-Phone happens to drive past and gives her his card. She makes her way to Hollywood, and Megga-Phone's office, where she discovers a whole flock of hens with the same card and a completely uncaring Megga-Phone. She returns home to faithful Clem, and a chick with foolish notions.

Starring: Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Bernice Hansen, Tedd Pierce ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1938-04-02
Best Family Movies of 1938 : Barefoot Boy
22.

Barefoot Boy

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

A spoiled boy sent to the country to grow-up. He has to deal with life, friends and crooks.

Starring: Jackie Moran, Marcia Mae Jones, Bradley Metcalfe, Marilyn Knowlden, Ralph Morgan, Claire Windsor, Helen MacKellar, Matty Fain, Frank Puglia, J. Farrell MacDonald ..
Directed by: Karl Brown
Release date: 1938-08-03
Best Family Movies of 1938 : Tarzan's Revenge
23.

Tarzan's Revenge

2.0
4.8/10 IMDB

Eleanor and her parents are hunting big game, acompanied by her wimpish fiance.

Starring: Glenn Morris, Eleanor Holm, George Meeker, Hedda Hopper, George Barbier, C. Henry Gordon, Joe Sawyer, Frederick Clarke, Corbet Morris, John Lester Johnson ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1938-01-07
Best Family Movies of 1938 : Men in Fright
24.

Men in Fright

1.6
7.1/10 IMDB

The kids go to the hospital to visit Darla, who's recovering from a tonsillectomy. Chaos soon ensues.

Starring: George McFarland, Carl Switzer, Billie Thomas, Eugene 'Porky' Lee, Leonard 'Percy' Landy, Gary Jasgur, Darla Hood, Sonny Bupp, Barbara Bedford, Margaret Bert ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1938-10-15
Best Family Movies of 1938 : The Little Ranger
25.

The Little Ranger

1.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Alfalfa imagines himself as a western movie hero battling with Butch for Darla's heart.

Starring: Carl Switzer, Eugene 'Porky' Lee, Tommy Bond, Billie Thomas, Darla Hood, Sidney Kibrick, Shirley Coates, Darwood Kaye ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1938-08-06
Best Family Movies of 1938 : Party Fever
26.

Party Fever

1.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Alfalfa, Butch and Waldo compete for Mayor For A Day. Whoever becomes Mayor gets to take Darla to the Strawberry Festival.

Starring: Darla Hood, Eugene 'Porky' Lee, Carl Switzer, Billie Thomas, Tommy Bond, Darwood Kaye ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1938-08-27
27.

The Little Bantamweight

1.4
6.0/10 IMDB

The big bantamweight fight is in a few months and papa rooster is getting nervous: the eggs start hatching, and all the males look like real fighters - except for one little runt.

Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1938-02-05
28.

The City Slicker

1.0
4.1/10 IMDB

Scrappy, the city slicker, goes to visit his country cousin. Scrappy is a practical joker and carries an electrical buzzer in his hand, and water-squirting bouquets in his button hole. But his country cousin is not as dumb as Scrappy thinks, and some of Scrappy's jokes backfire on him.

Directed by: Allen Rose
Release date: 1938-07-08
Best Family Movies of 1938 : The Haunted Camera
29.

The Haunted Camera

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

15 year old Mary is bored. With her parents permission she writes her chum Martha to come for summer vacation and they will make a movie. In the meantime two convicts escape from the nearby prison. To frighten the girls away the convicts decide to play ghosts. Film ends with a hand-colored inferno.

Directed by: Mary Kem, H.D. Kem
Release date: 1938-01-01

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