Best Family Movies of 1946

1.

It's a Wonderful Life

6.9
8.6/10 IMDB

A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve the business's $8,000 is lost and George's troubles begin.

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, Thomas Mitchell, Beulah Bondi, Ward Bond, Frank Faylen, Gloria Grahame, Frank Albertson ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1946-12-20
2.

Song of the South

4.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Uncle Remus draws upon his tales of Br'er Rabbit to help little Johnny deal with his confusion over his parents' separation as well as his new life on the plantation.

Starring: Ruth Warrick, Bobby Driscoll, James Baskett, Luana Patten, Lucile Watson, Hattie McDaniel, Erik Rolf, Glenn Leedy, Mary Field, Anita Brown ..
Directed by: Harve Foster, Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1946-11-12
Best Family Movies of 1946 : Hair-Raising Hare
3.

Hair-Raising Hare

4.0
8.0/10 IMDB

A sneaker-wearing, hairy monster chases Bugs through a castle belonging to an evil scientist.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1946-05-25
Best Family Movies of 1946 : Rhapsody Rabbit
4.

Rhapsody Rabbit

3.9
7.8/10 IMDB

When Bugs attempts to perform Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody, he is troubled by a mouse.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1946-11-09
Best Family Movies of 1946 : The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
5.

The Great Piggy Bank Robbery

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

While reading his favorite comic book, Daffy accidentally knocks himself unconscious and dreams he's Duck Twacy, famous detective, trying to solve the case of the missing piggy banks. Taking a streetcar (conducted by Porky Pig, in a non-speaking cameo role) to the gangsters' hideout, he meets up with such grotesque criminals as Pickle Puss, Eighty-Eight Teeth and Neon Noodle.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1946-07-20
Best Family Movies of 1946 : Baseball Bugs
6.

Baseball Bugs

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

A baseball game is going on in New York City, at the Polo Grounds (although the rooftop facade is more suggestive of Yankee Stadium), between the visiting "Gas-House Gorillas" and the home team, the "Tea Totallers". The game is not going well for the Tea Totallers, as the Gorillas, a bunch of oversized, roughneck players, are not only dominating the Tea Totallers, made up of old men, but intimidating the umpire by knocking him into the ground like a tent peg after an unpopular judgment. The Gorillas' home runs go screaming out of the ballpark (literally) and the batters form a conga line, with each hitter knocking a ball out.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, Frank Graham, Tedd Pierce, The Sportsmen Quartet ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1946-02-02
Best Family Movies of 1946 : Peter and the Wolf
7.

Peter and the Wolf

3.8
7.7/10 IMDB

Disney's animated adaptation of Prokofiev's masterpiece, in which every character is represented musically by a different instrument. Young Peter decides to go hunting for the wolf that's been prowling around the village. Along the way, he is joined by his friends the bird, the duck and the cat. All the fun comes to end, however, when the wolf makes an appearance. Will Peter and his friends live to tell of their adventures?

Starring: Sterling Holloway ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1946-08-15
8.

Make Mine Music

3.7
6.2/10 IMDB

In the tradition of Fantasia, Make Mine Music is a glorious collection of nine musically charged animated shorts featuring such fun-filled favorites as "Peter And The Wolf", narrated by the beloved voice behind Winnie The Pooh. In addition, you'll enjoy such classic cartoon hits as "Casey At The Bat," "The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At The Met" and "Johnnie Fedora And Alice Bluebonnet."

Starring: Nelson Eddy, Dinah Shore, Benny Goodman, Jerry Colonna, Andy Russell, Sterling Holloway, Tatiana Riabouchinska, David Lichine, The Pied Pipers, The King's Men ..
Directed by: Robert Cormack, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Joshua Meador
Release date: 1946-06-30
9.

The Yearling

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Jody convinces his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves?

Starring: Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr., Chill Wills, Clem Bevans, Margaret Wycherly, Henry Travers, Forrest Tucker, Donn Gift, June Lockhart ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1946-12-18
Best Family Movies of 1946 : Book Revue
10.

Book Revue

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

A secluded bookstore comes to life in madcap, pop culture reference-heavy fashion.

Starring: Bea Benaderet, Sara Berner, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1946-01-05
11.

Courage of Lassie

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

Bill's separated from his litter, making friends with the wild creatures until he's found and adopted by young Kathie. An accident separates him from her, and he's drafted into K-9 duty in the trenches until battle fatigue takes its toll and he turns vicious. And even though he finds his way back home, he may be condemned as a killer.

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Morgan, Tom Drake, Selena Royle, Harry Davenport, George Cleveland, Catherine McLeod, Morris Ankrum, Pal, Robert Emmett O'Connor ..
Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
Release date: 1946-11-08
Best Family Movies of 1946 : Roughly Squeaking
12.

Roughly Squeaking

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Scheming mice Hubie and Bertie convince a cat that he is, in fact, a lion.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg, Dick Nelson ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1946-11-23
Best Family Movies of 1946 : Gallant Bess
13.

Gallant Bess

3.0
6.6/10 IMDB

Marshall Thompson stars in this MGM drama about a young soldier's devotion to a horse he rescues during WWII. (Not to be confused with "Adventures of Gallant Bess", another film released two years later.)

Starring: Marshall Thompson, George Tobias, Clem Bevans, Chill Wills, Donald Curtis, Murray Alper, Wally Cassell, Jim Davis ..
Directed by: Andrew Marton
Release date: 1946-12-05
Best Family Movies of 1946 : Nursery Rhyme Review
14.

Nursery Rhyme Review

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A compilation of four Mother Goose stories "photographed in three-dimensional animation" and unified by a prologue and an epilogue with Mother Goose herself magically setting up a projector to show the films. The familiar nursery rhymes are "Little Miss Muffet," "Old Mother Hubbard," "The Queen of Hearts," and "Humpty Dumpty."

Directed by: Ray Harryhausen
Release date: 1946-02-03
Best Family Movies of 1946 : In Dutch
15.

In Dutch

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

In Holland, Pluto acts as a milkman (dog?) leaving canisters of milk on the town's doorsteps. While going about his job, he falls head over heels in love with Dinah the dachshund. In his enthusiasm, he accidentally rings the dike bell causing the town to think the dike is leaking. When the fraud is exposed, Pluto and Dinah are kicked out of the town. Upon leaving, they both notice the dike actually has sprung a leak. While Dinah plugs the leak, Pluto must return to the town and find a way to get the residents to follow him to the dike leak.

Starring: Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1946-05-10
Best Family Movies of 1946 : The Hick Chick
16.

The Hick Chick

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

In this triangle drama a country chicken chooses between a country rooster and a city rooster.

Starring: Sara Berner, Daws Butler, Stan Freberg, Paul Frees ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1946-06-15
Best Family Movies of 1946 : Peep in the Deep
17.

Peep in the Deep

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Olive has a map to a sunken treasure, but Bluto stowed away and is determined to beat Popeye to it.

Starring: Harry Welch, Mae Questel, Jackson Beck ..
Directed by: Seymour Kneitel
Release date: 1946-06-06
Best Family Movies of 1946 : Wet Paint
18.

Wet Paint

2.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Donald re-paints his car, and a bird lands on it. In the mayhem that ensues, the car ends up covered with handprints, spotted a dozen different colors, stripped of paint, and covered with the stuffing from the seats so that it resembles a sheepdog.

Starring: Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1946-08-09
Best Family Movies of 1946 : Hush My Mouse
19.

Hush My Mouse

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Take-off on the "Duffy's Tavern" radio program, with tough-guy Eddie G. Robincat demanding a meal of mouse knuckles, "of which we ain't got none," waiter Filligan informs his absentee boss on the phone. To fill the plate, Filligan then tries to catch the blabbermouth mouse, Sniffles.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Dave Barry, Sara Berner, Dick Nelson, Marjorie Tarlton ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1946-05-03
Best Family Movies of 1946 : Smoky
20.

Smoky

2.6
6.6/10 IMDB

Clint Barkley first sees Smoky as a runaway, and drives him back to the ranch where he meets the owner, Julie Richards. He is given a job on her ranch, but the head cowhand is doubtful about Clint and fears that since he refuses to talk about himself, he must have some dreadful secret in his past. Clint and Smoky become close to each other, weathering the hardships of Western life and the suspicions of others together, until one day, Smoky tragically vanishes. Will Clint ever see him again?

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Anne Baxter, Bruce Cabot, Esther Dale, Roy Roberts, J. Farrell MacDonald, Burl Ives, Guy Beach, Heinie Conklin, Herbert Heywood ..
Directed by: Louis King
Release date: 1946-06-26
Best Family Movies of 1946 : Black Beauty
21.

Black Beauty

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

Based on Anna Sewell's novel. In rural England of the 1880's, widower Squire Wendon is rearing his young daughter Anne. Her father has forbidden her to be present when their mare, "Duchess," gives birth. Anne sneaks out to the stable, however, and is discovered by her father who forbids her ever to ride Duchess again. Despite this punishment, he gives Anne Duchess's colt because it is her birthday, and she names him "Black Beauty."

Starring: Mona Freeman, Richard Denning, Charles Evans, Evelyn Ankers, Moyna MacGill, Terry Kilburn, Tom Dillon, Arthur Space, John Burton, Olaf Hytten ..
Directed by: Max Nosseck
Release date: 1946-08-29
22.

A Boy and His Dog

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

In this Academy Award Best Short Subject winner, 11 year old Davy discovers that a chained gentle dog, Buck, is badly wounded around the neck because of the thick, tight collar he is made to constantly wear by his unfeeling owner. When Buck comes through the fence and becomes stuck, Davy removes the collar. Even though the boy tells him to stay in his owner's yard, the dog follows him home.

Starring: Billy Sheffield, Harry Davenport, Dorothy Adams, Russell Simpson, Eddy Waller, Truman Bradley, Jack Mower, Heinie Conklin, Morgan Flowers, Fleeta the Dog ..
Directed by: LeRoy Prinz
Release date: 1946-12-26
Best Family Movies of 1946 : A Boy, a Girl and a Dog
23.

A Boy, a Girl and a Dog

2.5
6.8/10 IMDB

During World War II, a young boy and girl, living with their respective families in an apartment house that had restrictions against pets, adopt a lost dog and hide it in a vacant apartment, which may have been the only vacant apartment in the United States at the time this movie was being filmed. A burglar breaks in and the apartment is damaged when the dog and crook have a tussle. This blows the dog's cover, but the kids enlist him in the K-9 Corps, and the dog distinguishes himself in the WWII Italian campaign

Starring: Jerry Hunter, Sharyn Moffett, Lionel Stander, Harry Davenport, Charles Williams, Charlotte Treadway, John Vosper, Nancy Evans, Howard Johnson ..
Directed by: Herbert Kline
Release date: 1946-07-01
Best Family Movies of 1946 : Johnny Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnet
24.

Johnny Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnet

2.5
7.3/10 IMDB

This segment told the romantic story of two hats who fell in love in a department store window. When Alice was sold, Johnny devoted himself to finding her again. They eventually, by pure chance, meet up again and live happily ever after together, side by side. The Andrews Sisters provided the vocals. Like the other segments, it was later released theatrically.

Starring: Laverne Andrews, Maxene Andrews, Patty Andrews ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1946-04-20
Best Family Movies of 1946 : The Night Before Christmas
25.

The Night Before Christmas

1.8
5.0/10 IMDB

A live-action visualization of the poem, blended with animation.

Release date: 1946-12-24
Best Family Movies of 1946 : Rodeo Romeo
26.

Rodeo Romeo

1.6
7.2/10 IMDB

Popeye and Olive are at the rodeo, starring Badlands Bluto. Olive is impressed by Bluto's stunts, many of them designed to make Popeye look bad. Dynamite, the bronco that's never been ridden busts out and Popeye, seeing his chance, downs some spinach and manages an impressive series of tricks, culminating in firing a bullet at Bluto and lassoing it just in time. Bluto's had enough, and he substitutes loco weed for Popeye's spinach, then challenges him to throw the bull. Popeye's fried brain sees the bull as a beautiful woman; he tries to dance with it. The bull throws Popeye against the box where Bluto is now sitting and throws the remaining loco weed into Bluto's open mouth; he sees Olive as a bull and grabs her. He tries to brand her; her cries of help arouse Popeye, who pulls out a fresh can of spinach and goes to work.

Starring: Harry Welch, Mae Questel, Jackson Beck ..
Directed by: Izzy Sparber
Release date: 1946-08-15
Best Family Movies of 1946 : El Gallo Claudio
27.

El Gallo Claudio

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Foghorn Leghorn is a cartoon rooster who appears in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons and films from Warner Bros. Animation. He was created by Robert McKimson and writer Warren Foster, and starred in 28 cartoons from 1946 to 1964 in the golden age of American animation. All 28 of these cartoons were directed by McKimson. Foghorn Leghorn's first appearance was in the 1946 Henery Hawk short Walky Talky Hawky.Foghorn's voice was created and originally performed by Mel Blanc and was later performed by Jeff Bergman, Joe Alaskey, Bill Farmer, Greg Burson, Jeff Bennett, and Frank Gorshin.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet ..
Release date: 1946-06-01

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