Best Family Movies of 1939

1.

The Wizard of Oz

6.4
8.1/10 IMDB

Young Dorothy finds herself in a magical world where she makes friends with a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man as they make their way along the yellow brick road to talk with the Wizard and ask for the things they miss most in their lives. The Wicked Witch of the West is the only thing that could stop them.

Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, Clara Blandick, The Singer Midgets ..
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Release date: 1939-08-15
2.

The Little Princess

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

The classic Shirley Temple film in which a little girl goes in search of her father who is reported missing by the military during the Second Boer War.

Starring: Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise, Ian Hunter, Arthur Treacher, Mary Nash, Cesar Romero, Miles Mander, Marcia Mae Jones, Beryl Mercer ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1939-03-17
3.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Huckleberry Finn, a rambunctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi River.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Rex Ingram, Walter Connolly, William Frawley, Lynne Carver, Jo Ann Sayers, Minor Watson, Elisabeth Risdon, Victor Kilian, Clara Blandick ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1939-02-10
4.

Gulliver's Travels

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally-miniscule rival, Blefiscu, as well as smooth the way for the romance between the Princess and Prince of the opposing lands. In this he is alternately aided and hampered by the Lilliputian town crier and general fussbudget, Gabby. A life-threatening situation develops when the bumbling trio of Blefiscu spies, Sneak, Snoop, and Snitch, manage to steal Gulliver's pistol.

Starring: Lanny Ross, Sam Parker, Pinto Colvig, Jack Mercer, Cal Howard, Tedd Pierce, Livonia Warren, Jessica Dragonette, Max Smith, Gus Wickie ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1939-11-10
5.

One Mother's Family

3.1
6.4/10 IMDB

A mother hen is taking her brood for a walk. They encounter obstacles along the way, such as traffic. There's one clumsy chick who repeatedly has more trouble than the rest.

Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1939-09-30
Best Family Movies of 1939 : Jeepers Creepers
6.

Jeepers Creepers

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

Police officer Porky is called to investigate strange noises at a house that might be haunted. Before he arrives, we tour the house and hear some evil-sounding cackles, which, it turns out, are coming from a radio one that a ghost was listening to. The ghost then sings the title song while getting ready for a night of haunting, just as Porky arrives. The ghost invites him in with a woman's voice, then disappears. Porky comes in and gets spooked by some flapping curtains. When he comes back in, the ghost puts a couple frogs into a pair of shoes and sets them loose; they collect a hatrack and a curtain, forming a sort of black ghost that ultimately scares Porky upstairs right into the arms of the ghost.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1939-09-23
Best Family Movies of 1939 : The Autograph Hound
7.

The Autograph Hound

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

While trying to collect autographs at a Hollywood studio, Donald meets a number of movie stars, and runs afoul of a security guard.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Billy Bletcher, Sara Berner ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1939-09-01
Best Family Movies of 1939 : They Shall Have Music
8.

They Shall Have Music

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

The future is bleak for a troubled boy from a broken home in the slums. He runs away when his step father breaks his violin, ending up sleeping in the basement of a music school for poor children.

Starring: Jascha Heifetz, Joel McCrea, Andrea Leeds, Gene Reynolds, Walter Brennan, Terry Kilburn, Tommy Kelly, Porter Hall, Walter Tetley, Chuck Stubbs ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1939-08-18
Best Family Movies of 1939 : A Day at the Zoo
9.

A Day at the Zoo

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

A tour of the zoo, in typical Tex Avery style: a series of one-liners and sight gags, punctuated by Egghead teasing a lion at intervals, despite the admonishments of the narrator.

Starring: Tex Avery, Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1939-03-11
Best Family Movies of 1939 : The Film Fan
10.

The Film Fan

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Porky Pig is on his way to the store to pick up some groceries for his mother when he walks by a sign saying that the local movie theater is having a "kids admitted free" day. The excited Porky rushes in and views a series of spoofs of newsreels, movie trailers, feature films, and even the Lone Ranger!

Starring: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher, Robert C. Bruce ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1939-12-16
Best Family Movies of 1939 : Thugs with Dirty Mugs
11.

Thugs with Dirty Mugs

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Killer Diller and his gang are robbing every bank in town in numerical order (except the 13th National Bank, which they skip out of superstition). Despite their predictable actions, the police are unable to catch them...until they get a tip from an unlikely source.

Starring: Tex Avery, Mel Blanc, John Deering ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1939-05-06
Best Family Movies of 1939 : Society Dog Show
12.

Society Dog Show

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Rather out of place at a swanky dog show, Pluto flirts with Fifi, a dainty Pekingese. The judge orders Mickey and Pluto to leave, but when a fire breaks out Pluto rescues Fifi and is proclaimed a hero.

Starring: Walt Disney, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: William Roberts
Release date: 1939-02-03
Best Family Movies of 1939 : Prest-O Change-O
13.

Prest-O Change-O

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

On a dark and stormy night, the Two Curious Puppies wander into an old dark house, and fall victim to the tricks of a mischievous magician's rabbit.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Purv Pullen, Count Cutelli, Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1939-03-25
Best Family Movies of 1939 : East Side of Heaven
14.

East Side of Heaven

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

A man finds himself the father, by proxy, of a ten-month-old baby and becomes involved in the turbulent lives of the child's family.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Mischa Auer, Joan Blondell, Irene Hervey, C. Aubrey Smith, Robert Kent, Jerome Cowan, Baby Sandy, Jane Jones, Rose Valyda ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1939-04-07
Best Family Movies of 1939 : Susannah of the Mounties
15.

Susannah of the Mounties

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

This classic family drama stars Shirley Temple as young orphan Susannah Sheldon, the sole survivor of a brutal Indian attack who's befriended by Canadian Mountie Angus Montague (Randolph Scott) and his girlfriend, Vicky (Margaret Lockwood). The couple takes Susannah under their wing and soon learn that having a precocious child around can come in handy; when the Indians return, the girl uses her charm to broker peace.Shirley is the orphaned survivor of an Indian attack in the Canadian West. A Mountie and his girlfriend take her in...

Starring: Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, Margaret Lockwood, J. Farrell MacDonald, Martin Good Rider, Maurice Moscovitch, Moroni Olsen, Victor Jory, Lester Matthews, Leyland Hodgson ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1939-06-13
Best Family Movies of 1939 : The Pointer
16.

The Pointer

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Mickey and Pluto go hunting for quail. Pluto scares away the first ones they see; Mickey scolds him, then relents. He shows Pluto how to be a pointer, and they set off after another quail, but Mickey accidentally jumps on a bear's nose, and thinks it's Pluto. Meanwhile, Pluto finds the quail and points. The babies climb on board and start picking at his hairs, but Pluto's been told not to move. Mickey finally comes across Pluto, who by now is covered by small animals, and realizes he's being followed by a bear. Mickey tries to reason with the bear, and backs off a cliff, onto Pluto.

Starring: Walt Disney, Lee Millar ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1939-07-21
Best Family Movies of 1939 : Little Brother Rat
17.

Little Brother Rat

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Sniffles the mouse has to get an owl's egg for a scavenger hunt, but once he's gotten it, the egg hatches and draws the attention of the mouse-eating father owl.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bernice Hansen, Margaret Hill-Talbot ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1939-09-01
Best Family Movies of 1939 : Pete-Roleum and His Cousins
18.

Pete-Roleum and His Cousins

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

Pete Roleum, an oil droplet, narrates a presentation about the history and uses of oil: He starts by introducing some of his relations, with illustrations of the things that they have done throughout history. He then turns to the modern era, and shows that oil has a great many important uses, some of which might come as something of a surprise.

Starring: Charles R. Bowers ..
Directed by: Joseph Losey
Release date: 1939-05-15
Best Family Movies of 1939 : Hobo Gadget Band
19.

Hobo Gadget Band

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

At the hobo hotel, it's morning. One hobo awakens, and carefully avoids the shower, except for a drop on each eye. He stops at the medicine cabinet for some "soda fizz" which jets about, causing havoc. A train goes by, and the swinging rhythm inspires a makeshift clarinet solo. The cook grabs some fish from the fridge, which opens right onto the river. Another train whistle prompts an announcer; the hobos board down a slide. The clarinet player starts up again, and everyone dances. The engineer notices, stops the train, and pulls the "hobo eliminator" lever, which ejects them. Fortunately, they land right in front of a sign looking for amateur musicians at a radio station. They play and sing, to everyone's enjoyment. The station owner offers them luxury but a passing train whistle changes their minds.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Ben Hardaway, Cal Dalton
Release date: 1939-06-17
Best Family Movies of 1939 : Mama's New Hat
20.

Mama's New Hat

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

The boys buy mama a new hat for Mother's Day, but on the way home fall in the mud and ruin it. They swap the bad hat with one that a nearby horse is wearing and head home.

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Martha Wentworth ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1939-02-10
Best Family Movies of 1939 : Old Glory
21.

Old Glory

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

Porky balks at learning the Pledge of Allegiance until Uncle Sam appears to him in a dream and gives him a lesson in American history.

Starring: Mel Blanc, John Deering, John Litel ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1939-07-07
Best Family Movies of 1939 : Information Please: Series 1, No. 1
22.

Information Please: Series 1, No. 1

2.3
5.4/10 IMDB

Information Please: Series 1, No. 1 is a 1939 short film of the famous show from RKO Radio. The segment stars Clifton Fadiman, Rex Stout, and John Kieran.It was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Subject, One-Reel, a rare instance of a game show being nominated for an Academy Award.

Starring: Clifton Fadiman, Rex Stout, John Kieran, Franklin P. Adams, Oscar Levant ..
Release date: 1939-09-08
Best Family Movies of 1939 : Boy Trouble
23.

Boy Trouble

1.7
7.0/10 IMDB

A fussy shopkeeper's life drastically changes when his wife takes in two homeless boys.

Starring: Charles Ruggles, Mary Boland, Donald O'Connor, Billy Lee, Joyce Matthews, John Hartley, Andrew Tombes, Dick Elliott, Zeffie Tilbury, Sarah Edwards ..
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1939-01-27
Best Family Movies of 1939 : Clown Princes
24.

Clown Princes

0.0
6.6/10 IMDB

The Our Gang kids put on a circus in the barn to raise money to help Porky's family pay the rent and avoid getting evicted.

Starring: Darla Hood, Eugene 'Porky' Lee, George McFarland, Carl Switzer, Billie Thomas, Shirley Coates, Leonard 'Percy' Landy, Gary Jasgur ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1939-04-14
Best Family Movies of 1939 : Duel Personalities
25.

Duel Personalities

0.0
6.7/10 IMDB

While under a hypnotic spell, Alfalfa thinks he's one of the Three Musketeers and challenges Butch to a duel.

Starring: Our Gang, Tommy Bond, John Davidson, Darla Hood, Eugene 'Porky' Lee, George McFarland, Carl Switzer, Phillip Terry, Billie Thomas, Doodles Weaver ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1939-03-11
26.

A Bucket Full of Cartoons

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Where is all the fun hiding? In a Bucketful of Cartoons that’s where. Come join Singa Home Entertainment as they bring some of the most beloved color classic’s to you and your family. Featuring: The Dog Show Off, A Self-Made Mongrel, Base Brawl, Fresh Vegetable Mystery, Little Lambskins, A Kick In Time, The Barnyard Brat, Hunky and Spunky In Always Kickin', Snubbed By A Snob, You Cant Shoe A Horsefly, Hunky And Spunky.

Release date: 1939-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1939 : Five Times Five
27.

Five Times Five

0.0
7.7/10 IMDB

Cécile, Annette, Yvonne, Émilie and Marie, the Dionne Quintuplets, turn five years old and have a private birthday party in their garden. Other than the five little French-Canadian princesses-of-the-world, the attendees at the party for the sheltered sisters are their doctor-and-mentor Roy Dafoe; a priest and two nurses; radio's "Town Crier" Alexander Woollcott; and RKO-Newsreel cameraman Harry Smith.

Starring: Alexander Woollcott, Yvonne Dionne, Annette Dionne, Cécile Dionne, Émilie Dionne, Marie Dionne, Allan Roy Dafoe ..
Directed by: Frank P. Donovan
Release date: 1939-07-19

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