Best Family Movies of 1945

1.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

4.1
8.0/10 IMDB

In Brooklyn circa 1900, the Nolans manage to enjoy life on pennies despite great poverty and Papa's alcoholism. We come to know these people well through big and little troubles: Aunt Sissy's scandalous succession of "husbands"; the removal of the one tree visible from their tenement; and young Francie's desire to transfer to a better school...if irresponsible Papa can get his act together.

Starring: Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Lloyd Nolan, James Gleason, Ted Donaldson, Peggy Ann Garner, Ruth Nelson, John Alexander, B.S. Pully ..
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1945-02-28
Best Family Movies of 1945 : Star in the Night
2.

Star in the Night

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

Nick, a motel owner who has lost faith in more than just the humanity of mankind, is visited by a kindly stranger on Christmas Eve. The motel's guests are only concerned for themselves until a poor man and his wife drive up to the motel, unable to go any further. Out of rooms, Nick's wife prepares a place for them in a shed under a neon star Nick had just finished hanging. Their plight brings out the generosity in everyone, including Nick, who remembers another family almost two thousand years earlier that also found a makeshift room at an inn under another kind of star.

Starring: J. Carrol Naish, Rosina Galli, Donald Woods, Lynn Baggett, Anthony Caruso, Irving Bacon, Virginia Sale, Dick Elliott, Claire Du Brey, Richard Erdman ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1945-10-13
3.

The Bells of St. Mary's

3.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Father O'Malley, the unconventional priest from 'Going My Way', continues his work for the Catholic Church. This time he is sent to St. Mary's, a run-down parochial school on the verge of condemnation. He and Sister Benedict work together in an attempt to save the school, though their differing methods often lead to good-natured disagreements.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, William Gargan, Ruth Donnelly, Joan Carroll, Martha Sleeper, Rhys Williams, Richard Tyler, Una O'Connor ..
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1945-12-27
Best Family Movies of 1945 : Hare Tonic
4.

Hare Tonic

3.9
7.8/10 IMDB

Elmer brings Bugs home for dinner. To save himself, Bugs tricks Elmer into thinking there is a terrible outbreak of Rabbititus.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1945-11-10
5.

National Velvet

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Mi Taylor is a young wanderer and opportunist who finds himself in the quiet English countryside home of the Brown family. The youngest daughter, Velvet, has a passion for horses and when she wins the spirited steed Pie in a town lottery, Mi is encouraged to train the horse.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Revere, Angela Lansbury, Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins, Juanita Quigley, Reginald Owen, Norma Varden, Terry Kilburn ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1945-01-26
6.

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

Welcome to Fuller Junction, Wisconsin, a friendly small town settled by Norwegian farmers. Here we see the exploits of two young cousins, Selma and Arnold, who learn about their world and experience the ups and downs of life as the season pass.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Margaret O'Brien, James Craig, Frances Gifford, Agnes Moorehead, Morris Carnovsky, Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins, Arthur Space, Francis Pierlot, Elizabeth Russell ..
Directed by: Roy Rowland
Release date: 1945-09-06
7.

Road to Utopia

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

While on a ship to Skagway, Alaska, Duke and Chester find a map to a secret gold mine, which had been 'stolen' by thugs. In Alaska to recover her father's map, Sal Van Hoyden falls in with Ace Larson, who secretly wants to steal the gold mine for himself. Duke, Chester, the thugs, Ace and his henchman chase each other all over the countryside—for the map.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Hillary Brooke, Douglass Dumbrille, Jack La Rue, Robert Barrat, Nestor Paiva, Robert Benchley, George Anderson ..
Directed by: Hal Walker
Release date: 1945-11-01
Best Family Movies of 1945 : Thunderhead - Son of Flicka
8.

Thunderhead - Son of Flicka

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

A young boy tries to train Thunderhead, a beautiful white colt and the son of his beloved Flicka, to be a champion race horse.

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Preston Foster, Rita Johnson, James Bell, Patti Hale, Carleton Young, Ralph Sanford, Al Bridge, Robert Filmer ..
Directed by: Louis King
Release date: 1945-03-15
Best Family Movies of 1945 : Hare Conditioned
9.

Hare Conditioned

3.1
7.4/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny is working in the display window of a department store when the manager tries to move him to the taxidermy department and have him stuffed.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Dick Nelson, Dave Barry ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1945-08-11
Best Family Movies of 1945 : The Bashful Buzzard
10.

The Bashful Buzzard

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Beaky Buzzard, the shyest, dopiest young buzzard in his family, is sent out to catch something to eat.

Starring: Kent Rogers, Sara Berner, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1945-09-13
Best Family Movies of 1945 : Odor-Able Kitty
11.

Odor-Able Kitty

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

A cat, tired of being abused by everyone in his neighborhood, disguises himself as a skunk and inadvertently attracts the romantic advances of a real skunk.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1945-01-06
Best Family Movies of 1945 : Trap Happy Porky
12.

Trap Happy Porky

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Porky can't sleep because mice demolish his plates. A cat offers help and gets the mice out, but invites some friends so Porky still can't sleep.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1945-02-23
13.

Son of Lassie

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

Laddie (Son of Lassie) and his master are trapped in Norway during WW2 - has he inherited his mothers famous courage?

Starring: Peter Lawford, Donald Crisp, June Lockhart, Nigel Bruce, William Severn, Leon Ames, Donald Curtis, Nils Asther, Robert Lewis, Fay Helm ..
Directed by: S. Sylvan Simon
Release date: 1945-04-20
Best Family Movies of 1945 : Duck Pimples
14.

Duck Pimples

2.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Donald has an unpleasant evening when a mysterious book salesman comes to his door then disappears leaving Donald with a collection of whodunnit novels. He reads one and gets so fully involved in it that it appears that the characters are actually coming out of the book and into his living room getting him involved in the murder caper. Finally the author of the book, J. Harold King, steps forth and claims Donald innocent. The characters return to the novel from whence they came leaving Donald wondering if it was really just his "imagination"

Starring: Clarence Nash, Billy Bletcher, June Foray, Doodles Weaver ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1945-08-10
Best Family Movies of 1945 : A Tale of Two Mice
15.

A Tale of Two Mice

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Babitt and Catstello return; their goal: steal the cheese the cat is guarding.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Tedd Pierce ..
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1945-06-30
16.

Adventures of Rusty

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

Fearing that his recently-acquired step-mother, Ann Dennis, is competing with him for his father's affections, and saddened by the death of his dog, young Danny Mitchell, in the first film of the long-running "Rusty" series, seeks consolation in the companionship of a ferocious, Nazi-trained police dog, Rusty, brought to the U.S. by a returning WWII-veteran. The step-mother, with tender understanding, eventually wins Danny over while Danny pacifies his new dog.

Starring: Ted Donaldson, Margaret Lindsay, Conrad Nagel, Gloria Holden, Robert B. Williams, Addison Richards, Arno Frey, Eddie Parker, Billy Gray, Gary Gray ..
Directed by: Paul Burnford
Release date: 1945-09-06
Best Family Movies of 1945 : Danny Boy
17.

Danny Boy

1.5
6.5/10 IMDB

A U. S. Marines dog is returned to his young owner in the small town of Monrovia at the end of WWII, but a grouchy neighbor believes the animal's military training makes him a threat to the community and files charges to have the dog destroyed.

Starring: Robert 'Buzz' Henry, Ralph Lewis, Walter Soderling, Helen Brown, Mickey McGuire, Sybil Merritt, Joseph Granby, Eve March, Richard Kipling, Ace the Wonder Dog ..
Directed by: Terry O. Morse
Release date: 1945-12-05
Best Family Movies of 1945 : The Unwelcome Guest
18.

The Unwelcome Guest

1.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Barney Bear runs afoul of a foul-smelling skunk who wants to steal his berries.

Directed by: George Gordon
Release date: 1945-02-17
Best Family Movies of 1945 : The Friendly Ghost
19.

The Friendly Ghost

0.0
6.6/10 IMDB

Casper struggles to find friends who won't run away scared when they meet him.

Starring: Frank Gallop, Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Cecil Roy, Alan Shay, Jackson Beck, Melvin J. Gibby, Margaret Lawrence, Purv Pullen ..
Directed by: Izzy Sparber
Release date: 1945-11-16

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