Best Family Movies of 1944


Meet Me in St. Louis

7.5/10 IMDB

In the year before the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

Starring: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Leon Ames, Tom Drake, Marjorie Main, Harry Davenport, June Lockhart, Henry H. Daniels Jr. ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1944-11-28

The Three Caballeros

6.3/10 IMDB

For Donald's birthday he receives a box with three gifts inside. The gifts, a movie projector, a pop-up book, and a pinata, each take Donald on wild adventures through Mexico and South America.

Starring: Sterling Holloway, Clarence Nash, Joaquin Garay, José Oliveira, Aurora Miranda, Carmen Molina, Dora Luz, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, William Roberts, Harold Young, Norman Ferguson
Release date: 1944-12-21
Best Family Movies of 1944 : The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard

7.8/10 IMDB

Spike the bulldog, grateful to Jerry for getting him out of the dogcatcher's van, offers to help the little mouse any time he whistles. Tom, Jerry's feline tormentor, seeks to overcome this new disadvantage.

Starring: Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1944-07-22
Best Family Movies of 1944 : The Old Grey Hare

The Old Grey Hare

7.6/10 IMDB

Elmer wonders if he'll ever catch the rabbit; the voice of God takes him through a flash-forward to the year 2000. Elmer is equipped with a rocket-launcher rifle, but he's no smarter. He shoots Bugs, who shows him a photo album with baby pictures. We see a sequence of Bugs and Elmer as babies. Elderly Bugs digs his own grave and tricks Elmer into getting in.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1944-10-28

This Happy Breed

7.3/10 IMDB

In 1919, Frank Gibbons returns home from army duty and moves into a middle-class row house, bringing with him wife Ethel, carping mother-in-law Mrs. Flint, sister-in-law Sylvia and three children. Years pass, with the daily routine of family infighting and reconciliation occasionally broken by a strike or a festival.

Starring: Robert Newton, Celia Johnson, Amy Veness, Alison Leggatt, Stanley Holloway, John Mills, Kay Walsh, Eileen Erskine, John Blythe, Guy Verney ..
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1944-05-28

I'll Be Seeing You

7.1/10 IMDB

Mary Marshall, serving a six year term for accidental manslaughter, is given a Christmas furlough from prison to visit her closest relatives, her uncle and his family in a small Midwestern town. On the train she meets Zach Morgan, a troubled army sergeant on leave for the holidays from a military hospital. Although his physical wounds have healed, he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and is subject to panic attacks. The pair are attracted to one another and in the warm atmosphere of the Christmas season friendship blossoms into romance, but Mary is reluctant to tell him of her past and that she must shortly return to prison to serve the remainder of her sentence.

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple, Spring Byington, Tom Tully, John Derek, Chill Wills, Kenny Bowers, Gary Gray, Eddie Hall ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1944-12-31
Best Family Movies of 1944 : The Zoot Cat

The Zoot Cat

7.4/10 IMDB

Tom's advances on a young jive-talking girl cat get nowhere; nowhere, that is, until Tom gets a zoot suit. Armed with his miles of fabric and a new cool lingo, Tom still has to deal with the tricks of his nemesis, Jerry.

Starring: William Hanna, Sara Berner, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1944-02-26
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Suddenly It's Spring

Suddenly It's Spring

6.6/10 IMDB

In this longer-than-the-norm cartoon, Raggedy Ann, in a mission in Heaven, works a minor miracle, with the help of the elements.

Directed by: Seymour Kneitel
Release date: 1944-04-27
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

6.1/10 IMDB

Broadway producer Jerry Flynn is anxious to recapture the magic and reclaim the crowds after a set of costly flops. Outside his theater one night, Flynn meets a young boy who just might save the day. Inside a small box the boy shows Flynn his pride and joy: a caterpillar named Curly that dances to Yes Sir, That's My Baby. Word quickly spreads about the amazingly talented hoofer, and the caterpillar becomes a symbol of hope for wartime America. Soon, offers are pouring in to capitalize on this sensational insect.

Starring: Cary Grant, Janet Blair, James Gleason, Ted Donaldson, William Demarest, John Abbott, Paul Stanton, Howard Freeman, Ida Moore, Barbara Pepper ..
Directed by: Alexander Hall
Release date: 1944-06-29
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Russian Rhapsody

Russian Rhapsody

7.0/10 IMDB

As Adolf Hitler personally flies a bomber on a mission to the Soviet Union, the gremlins from the Kremlin set about to stop him.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1944-05-20
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Buckaroo Bugs

Buckaroo Bugs

7.1/10 IMDB

Red Hot Ryder is sent to catch the Masked Marauder (Bugs Bunny) who is terrorizing a small Western town.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1944-08-26
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Plane Daffy

Plane Daffy

7.5/10 IMDB

Daffy Duck is a message courier bird delivering a military secret that a femme fatale Nazi spy is determined to get.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Robert C. Bruce ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1944-09-16
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Birdy and the Beast

Birdy and the Beast

7.0/10 IMDB

Tweety is set upon by a fat, jowly cat, who winds up with, among other things, a dozen eggs and a gallon of gasoline in his mouth instead of the little bird.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1944-08-19
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Swooner Crooner

Swooner Crooner

7.2/10 IMDB

Porky Pig's egg faces production problems when a crooning rooster distracts the hens from their jobs.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Richard Bickenbach, Ruth Clifford, James Stewart, Bea Benaderet, Stan Freberg ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1944-05-06
Best Family Movies of 1944 : I Got Plenty of Mutton

I Got Plenty of Mutton

6.8/10 IMDB

A wolf, deprived of meat by war rationing and starving, sees an article in the newspaper about a sheepdog leaving his flock to join the army and thinks it will be easy pickings. However, if he had read the rest of the article, he would know that the flock is now guarded by the ram Killer Diller, a most formidable foe.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1944-03-11
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Booby Hatched

Booby Hatched

6.9/10 IMDB

A duck struggles mightily and finally hatches her eggs in the bitter cold. All but one, that is: poor little Robespierre. Mama doesn't notice him missing until after he has sprouted legs and run off in search of warmth.

Starring: Sara Berner, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1944-10-14
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Polar Pest

Polar Pest

5.8/10 IMDB

Barney just wants to hibernate for the winter, but his nephew, just in from the North Pole, has other plans.

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Sharon McManus ..
Directed by: George Gordon
Release date: 1944-12-30
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Batty Baseball

Batty Baseball

6.8/10 IMDB

A series of visual gags about baseball. One running gag has an angry fan screaming "Kill the ump!" Be careful what you wish for.....

Starring: Pinto Colvig, Wally Maher ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1944-04-22
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Lost and Foundling

Lost and Foundling

6.6/10 IMDB

A mouse adopts a hawk.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bernice Hansen, Marjorie Tarlton ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1944-06-06
Best Family Movies of 1944 : My Pal, Wolf

My Pal, Wolf

6.1/10 IMDB

A lonely child, neglected by her parents, encounters and befriends a German Shepherd, but she's unaware the animal is a military dog being trained for service in WW2.

Starring: Sharyn Moffett, Jill Esmond, Una O'Connor, George Cleveland, Charles Arnt, Claire Carleton, Leona Maricle, Bruce Edwards, Edward Fielding, Olga Fabian ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1944-09-25

Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble

6.5/10 IMDB

Andy is going to Wainwright College as did his father. He sees a pretty blonde on the train and he is alternately winked at or slapped every time he sees her. Andy is clueless. On the train Andy meets Kay and Dr. Standish who are both headed for Wainwright. Andy likes Kay, but Dr. Standish also seems to take an interest in her. Things are going well at College with Kay, but the blonde is nice one minute and ignores Andy the next. When Andy finds out that the blonde is really identical twins, he tries to help them out with their father but gets caught at their rooming house after midnight.

Starring: Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Fay Holden, Sara Haden, Bonita Granville, Jean Porter, Keye Luke, Herbert Marshall, Lee Wilde, Lyn Wilde ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1944-05-04
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Tale of a Dog

Tale of a Dog

6.3/10 IMDB

When Bigshot Jones gives his unnamed dog to the All-For-One Club, Buckwheat quickly names the canine "Smallpox", inadvertently causing a city-wide panic.

Starring: Billie Thomas, Billy Laughlin, Janet Burston, Robert Blake, Cordell Hickman, Dickie Hall, Frank Ward, Margaret Bert, Anita Sharp-Bolster, Willa Pearl Curtis ..
Directed by: Cy Endfield
Release date: 1944-04-15
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Hell-Bent for Election

Hell-Bent for Election

5.9/10 IMDB

A full-blown re-election piece for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the expense of Republican presidential candidate Thomas Dewey. Roosevelt is depicted as a streamlined diesel express train in a race against Dewey, a worn-out steam train. The public is admonished to "get behind the president and stay the course to victory."

Starring: Marvin Miller, Mel Blanc, Melvin J. Gibby ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1944-07-01
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Broadway Rhythm

Broadway Rhythm

5.9/10 IMDB

Broadway producer Johnny Demming is only interested in big-name talent and scoffs that his sister, father and other small-time talent could be used in a successful show.

Starring: George Murphy, Ginny Simms, Charles Winninger, Gloria DeHaven, Nancy Walker, Ben Blue, Lena Horne, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Hazel Scott, Kenny Bowers ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1944-01-19

The Tree Surgeon

5.8/10 IMDB

The tree surgeon (a donkey) races to the giant sequoia, which isn't feeling well. His techniques, though, seem better suited to treating a person.

Starring: Dick Nelson ..
Directed by: George Gordon
Release date: 1944-06-03
Best Family Movies of 1944 : The Great Mike

The Great Mike

5.2/10 IMDB

Story of a boy and his horse. Mike is the horse and is owned by Speck and his best friend Jimmy, together they have a paper route, on which they deliver papers to customers via a wagon pulled by Mike. Recently a horse track has been built in the area and attracts horse breeder and racer Colonel Whiteny. He takes out a subscription for delivery and meets Mike and Speck & Jimmy. Clever Jimmy talks both the Colonel and Speck into taking on the Colonel's pure bred race horses at the track with comedic results.

Starring: Stuart Erwin, Robert 'Buzz' Henry, Carl Switzer, Pierre Watkin, Marion Martin, Gene Kenyon, Edythe Elliott, Bob Meredith, William Halligan, Lane Chandler ..
Directed by: Wallace Fox
Release date: 1944-11-15
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Tick Tock Tuckered

Tick Tock Tuckered

7.2/10 IMDB

Porky and Daffy are workers at an aircraft company and are chronically late. Why? Because they have a great deal of trouble getting to sleep, between the noisy cats, the full moon shining insistently, and the sudden rain shower (and leak in the roof).

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1944-04-08
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Baía


0.0/10 IMDB

This segment involves a pop-up book trip through the Brazilian state of Bahía (spelled Baía in the film), as Donald and José meet up with some of the locals who dance a samba and Donald pining for one of the women, portrayed by singer Aurora Miranda.

Release date: 1944-12-21
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Las Posadas

Las Posadas

0.0/10 IMDB

This is the story of a group of Mexican children who celebrated Christmas by re-enacting the journey of Mary, the mother of Jesus and Saint Joseph searching for room at the inn. "Posada" meant "inn", or "shelter", and their parents told them "no posada" at each house until they came to one where they were offered shelter in a stable. This leads to festivities including the breaking of the piñata, which in turn leads to Donald Duck trying to break his own piñata as well.

Release date: 1944-12-21
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Dancing Romeo

Dancing Romeo

6.3/10 IMDB

Froggy plans a dance recital to win over Marilyn.

Starring: Billy Laughlin, Valerie Lee, Bobby Browning, Robert Blake, Billie Thomas, Janet Burston ..
Directed by: Cy Endfield
Release date: 1944-04-29
Best Family Movies of 1944 : Mexico: Pátzcuaro, Veracruz and Acapulco

Mexico: Pátzcuaro, Veracruz and Acapulco

0.0/10 IMDB

Panchito gives Donald and José a tour of Mexico on a flying sarape, or magic carpet. Several Mexican dances and songs are learned here. A key point to what happens later is that Donald is pining for some more ladies again, tries to hound down every single one he sees, and gain return affections, but once more he fails every time and ends up kissing José while blindfolded.

Release date: 1944-12-21
Best Family Movies of 1944 : You Belong to My Heart/Donald's Surreal Reverie

You Belong to My Heart/Donald's Surreal Reverie

0.0/10 IMDB

The skies of Mexico City result in Donald falling in love with singer Dora Luz.

Starring: Dora Luz ..
Release date: 1944-12-21

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