Best Family Movies of 1938

1.

Brave Little Tailor

3.9
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
Release date: 1938-09-23
2.

A Christmas Carol

3.8
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 : Ferdinand the Bull
3.

Ferdinand the Bull

3.6
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
4.

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
5.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

3.6
7.1/10 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
6.

Listen, Darling

3.0
6.6/10 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
7.

Porky's Hare Hunt

2.9
6.7/10 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 : Little Miss Broadway
8.

Little Miss Broadway

2.9
6.6/10 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 : Have You Got Any Castles?
9.

Have You Got Any Castles?

2.9
7.0/10 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
10.

Barefoot Boy

2.7
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

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