Best Family Movies of 1948


Oliver Twist

7.8/10 IMDB

When 9-year-old orphan Oliver Twist dares to ask his cruel taskmaster, Mr. Bumble, for a second serving of gruel, he's hired out as an apprentice. Escaping that dismal fate, young Oliver falls in with the street urchin known as the Artful Dodger and his criminal mentor, Fagin. When kindly Mr. Brownlow takes Oliver in, Fagin's evil henchman Bill Sikes plots to kidnap the boy.

Starring: John Howard Davies, Robert Newton, Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh, Francis L. Sullivan, Henry Stephenson, Mary Clare, Anthony Newley, Ralph Truman, Michael Dear ..
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1948-06-28
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Scaredy Cat

Scaredy Cat

7.9/10 IMDB

Porky and Sylvester spend the night in an old dark house, whose horrors only Sylvester sees. His repeated attempts to save Porky from the ghoulish doings of the killer mice infesting the place only make the skeptical Porky all the more convinced of Sylvester's cowardice.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1948-12-18

I Remember Mama

7.9/10 IMDB

Norwegian immigrant Marta Hanson keeps a firm but loving hand on her household of four children, a devoted husband and a highly-educated lodger who reads great literature to the family every evening. Through financial crises, illnesses and the small triumphs of everyday life, Marta maintains her optimism and sense of humor, traits she passes on to her aspiring-author daughter, Katrin.

Starring: Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oskar Homolka, Philip Dorn, Cedric Hardwicke, Edgar Bergen, Rudy Vallee, Barbara O'Neil, Florence Bates, Ellen Corby ..
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1948-03-09
Best Family Movies of 1948 : The Truce Hurts

The Truce Hurts

7.9/10 IMDB

Butch convinces Tom and Jerry that there's no reason to fight and they should all sign a peace treaty. Tom and Butch even rescue their pals from a fellow cat and dog. But then a steak falls off a truck and the boys can't decide how to divvy it up, ultimately losing it completely, and the truce is off.

Starring: Billy Bletcher, William Hanna ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1948-07-17
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Haredevil Hare

Haredevil Hare

7.8/10 IMDB

Bugs is the test rabbit shot to the moon. There, he meets Commander X-2, who is intent on destroying the Earth with his Aludium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1948-07-24

Melody Time

6.2/10 IMDB

In the grand tradition of Disney's great musical classics, Melody Time features seven timeless stories, each enhanced with high-spirited music and unforgettable characters. You'll be sure to tap your toes and clap your hands in this witty feast for the eyes and ears.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Dennis Day, Freddy Martin, Frances Langford, Sons of the Pioneers, Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians, Ethel Smith, Trigger, Bobby Driscoll, Luana Patten ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Release date: 1948-05-27
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty

7.4/10 IMDB

Tacey and Harry King are a suburban couple with three sons and a serious need of a babysitter. Tacey puts an ad in the paper for a live-in babysitter, and the ad is answered by Lynn Belvedere. But when she arrives, she turns out to be a man. And not just any man, but a most eccentric, outrageously forthright genius with seemingly a million careers and experiences behind him.

Starring: Clifton Webb, Robert Young, Maureen O'Hara, Richard Haydn, Louise Allbritton, Randy Stuart, Ed Begley, John Russell, Betty Lynn, Larry Olsen ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1948-03-10
Best Family Movies of 1948 : The Foghorn Leghorn

The Foghorn Leghorn

7.6/10 IMDB

Little Henery the Chicken Hawk wants to prove he's big enough to hunt chickens, but he doesn't know what a chicken is. He labels Foghorn Leghorn a loud-mouthed shnook and dismisses him, prompting Foggy to indignantly try to prove he's a chicken and therefore fit to be Henery's prey.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1948-10-09
Best Family Movies of 1948 : My Bunny Lies Over the Sea

My Bunny Lies Over the Sea

7.3/10 IMDB

In Scotland, Bugs Bunny rescues a woman from a monster. The "woman" is a kilted Scotsman, and the "monster" is his bagpipe. The Scotsman then challenges Bugs to a game of golf.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1948-12-04
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Mickey and the Seal

Mickey and the Seal

6.9/10 IMDB

Mickey accidentally takes a seal home, after it sneaks into his picnic basket. When Mickey takes a bath, the seal is discovered and Mickey returns him to the park. Later, however, Mickey and Pluto discover that the bathroom is filled with seals!

Starring: James MacDonald, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1948-12-03

So Dear to My Heart

6.8/10 IMDB

The tale of Jeremiah Kincaid and his quest to raise his 'champion' lamb, Danny. Jeremiah's dream of showing Danny at the Pike County Fair must overcome the obstinate objections of his loving, yet strict, grandmother Granny. Jeremiah's confidant, Uncle Hiram, is the boy's steady ally.

Starring: Bobby Driscoll, Luana Patten, Beulah Bondi, Burl Ives, Harry Carey, The Rhythmmaries, Clarence Nash, Marion Darlington, Walter Soderling, Matt Willis ..
Directed by: Harold D. Schuster, Hamilton Luske
Release date: 1948-11-29

The Boy with Green Hair

6.7/10 IMDB

Peter, an orphaned boy, is adopted by Gramp Frye after his parents are killed in Europe while doing war relief work. The boy feels safe with his new caretaker, but when he is taunted for being an orphan, he gets demoralized. The next day Peter wakes up with green hair. Embarrassed and further ridiculed, Peter seeks solace in a nearby forest. To his surprise, he finds other orphans in the woods, who encourage him to spread news of the injustices of war.

Starring: Pat O’Brien, Robert Ryan, Barbara Hale, Dean Stockwell, Richard Lyon, Walter Catlett, Samuel S. Hinds, Regis Toomey, Charles Meredith, David Clarke ..
Directed by: Joseph Losey
Release date: 1948-11-26
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Rabbit Punch

Rabbit Punch

7.7/10 IMDB

Heckling the Champ gets Bugs into the world championship fight as the challenger.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1948-04-10
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Back Alley Oproar

Back Alley Oproar

7.5/10 IMDB

Sylvester sings opera and popular tunes while standing on a back alley fence; Elmer, who wants to sleep, tries to thwart him.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1948-03-25
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Little 'Tinker

Little 'Tinker

7.2/10 IMDB

The lovesick B.O. Skunk is having no luck finding a mate, when Cupid gives him a book called "Advice for the Love-Worn" to help him out.

Starring: Bill Roberts ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1948-05-15
Best Family Movies of 1948 : What Makes Daffy Duck

What Makes Daffy Duck

7.1/10 IMDB

It's duck season, so Daffy plays hunter Elmer and a hungry fox off against each other.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1948-02-14

My Dog Rusty

5.6/10 IMDB

Faithful dog Rusty helps his master's father win a mayoral race.

Starring: Ted Donaldson, John Litel, Ann Doran, Mona Barrie, Whitford Kane, Jimmy Lloyd, Lewis L. Russell, Flame the dog ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1948-04-08
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Drip Dippy Donald

Drip Dippy Donald

7.2/10 IMDB

Donald gets off the bus and heads home hoping to get a good night's sleep. At first, his plans for rest are disturbed by an open window shade which lets light from a flashing sign in. After that problem is dealt with, Donald is kept awake by a persistently dripping faucet. Donald tries to ignore it but after a while, it becomes aggravating to put it mildly. Donald makes several attempts to stop the dripping and finally at least is able to keep it under control via a Rube Goldberg contraption. At this point, Donald receives a call from his water company telling him he hasn't paid his water bill so they're cutting off his water!

Starring: Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1948-03-05
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Tea for Two Hundred

Tea for Two Hundred

7.2/10 IMDB

Donald is preparing a little picnic when he sees some ants passing by. He decides to tease one, ultimately by piling lots of food onto it. The ant eventually stumbles, but realizes Donald is sitting on a veritable gold mine. He rallies his fellow ants, and while Donald is napping, they cart him to a cliff and drop him into the river. When he returns to the raid in progress, he finds himself powerless to stop it. He dynamites the ant hill, but that only separates the ledge he's standing on, and he finds himself in the river again as the ants finish off a cupcake.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1948-12-24
Best Family Movies of 1948 : The Cat That Hated People

The Cat That Hated People

7.2/10 IMDB

A much-abused cat really hates living with people, so decides to go to the moon for some peace and quiet.

Starring: Pinto Colvig, Clarence Nash, Paul Frees, Colleen Collins ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1948-11-20
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Hills of Home

Hills of Home

6.6/10 IMDB

William McClure is the villlage doctor in a remote Scottish glen. Tricked into buying Lassie, a collie afraid of water, he sets about teaching her to swim. At the same time he has the bigger problem that he is getting older and must ensure the glen will have a new local doctor ready.

Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Donald Crisp, Tom Drake, Janet Leigh, Rhys Williams, Alan Napier, Reginald Owen, Edmund Breon, Pal ..
Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
Release date: 1948-11-25
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Odor of the Day

Odor of the Day

6.7/10 IMDB

On a cold winter's day, a stray dog is looking for shelter, then finds and sneaks into a cabin with an open fireplace and a cozy bed. But he has a stinky rival for occupancy of the cabin - a skunk.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Arthur Davis
Release date: 1948-10-02
Best Family Movies of 1948 : The Secret Tunnel

The Secret Tunnel

6.6/10 IMDB

Storyline Roger Henderson, the young son of a wealthy British gentleman, lives in one of those grand British country estates surrounded by huge gardens. When a Rembrandt painting is stolen from the vault in the basement of the mansion, Roger and John Wilson (young son of the butler) discover a secret tunnel leading from the vault to another building on the estate. They then set out on a dangerous mission to bring the smugglers to justice.

Starring: Tony Wager, Ivor Bowyer, Murray Matheson, Gerald Pring, Thelma Rea, Frank Henderson, John H. Sullivan, Michael Kelly ..
Directed by: William C. Hammond
Release date: 1948-12-15
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Goodbye, Miss Turlock

Goodbye, Miss Turlock

6.5/10 IMDB

Narrator John Nesbitt laments the disappearance of the rural one-room schoolhouse in America. He reminisces about his own days as a student in such a school and how his teacher, Miss Turlock, influenced so many students. Many of them reunite at the school on Miss Turlock's last day, when the school was closed in 1940.

Starring: John Nesbitt, Nana Bryant, Norman Ollestad ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1948-01-24
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Bill and Coo

Bill and Coo

5.5/10 IMDB

The feathered residents of Chirpendale are terrorized by an evil black crow by the name of "The Black Menace". But to the citizen's rescue comes a brave young taxi puller named Bill! In other words, every single role in this film is played by birds. Actual birds.

Starring: George Burton, Elizabeth Walters, Ken Murray, Jimmy the Crow, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Dean Riesner
Release date: 1948-03-28

Green Grass of Wyoming

6.0/10 IMDB

The romance of a rancher's niece and a rival rancher's son parallels that of a stallion and a mare.

Starring: Peggy Cummins, Charles Coburn, Robert Arthur, Lloyd Nolan, Burl Ives, Geraldine Wall, Marilyn Monroe, Will Wright, Herbert Heywood, Richard Garrick ..
Directed by: Louis King
Release date: 1948-06-03
Best Family Movies of 1948 : A Feather in His Hare

A Feather in His Hare

6.9/10 IMDB

A hungry indian tries to cook bugs, yet Bugs outwits him yet again. Banned for offensive depiction of Native Americans.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1948-02-06

The Bear and the Hare

6.3/10 IMDB

Barney Bear hunts a snowshoe rabbit, whose white fur makes him impossible to see in the snow and whose wiliness makes him impossible to catch.

Directed by: Preston Blair, Michael Lah
Release date: 1948-06-26
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

6.4/10 IMDB

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a timeless family holiday classic.

Starring: Paul Wing ..
Directed by: Max Fleischer
Release date: 1948-11-11
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Once Upon a Wintertime

Once Upon a Wintertime

6.5/10 IMDB

A short segment of the feature film Melody Time, re-released as a separate entity five years afterwards.

Starring: Frances Langford, Buddy Clark ..
Directed by: Hamilton Luske
Release date: 1948-05-27
Best Family Movies of 1948 : My Old Town

My Old Town

6.8/10 IMDB

Narrator John Nesbitt reminisces about his hometown and childhood in this Passing Parade series short.

Starring: John Nesbitt, Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins, Anne O'Neal ..
Release date: 1948-02-07
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Mickey Down Under

Mickey Down Under

5.7/10 IMDB

Mickey, in the Australian bush, throws a boomerang that gets caught in Pluto’s mouth. Mickey then discovers an egg of an emu. Unfortunately, the parent chases him, but Pluto and the boomerang zoom into his path, leaving the emu all tangled.

Starring: James MacDonald, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1948-03-19
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Who Killed Doc Robbin?

Who Killed Doc Robbin?

4.7/10 IMDB

A group of people find themselves trapped in a creepy mansion, complete with secret passageways, a mad doctor and a murderous gorilla.

Starring: Larry Olsen, Virginia Grey, George Zucco, Peter Miles, Dale Belding ..
Directed by: Bernard Carr
Release date: 1948-04-09
Best Family Movies of 1948 : The Last Load

The Last Load

6.5/10 IMDB

David and Monty are two friends of Susan and Betty Potter whose father runs a fleet of lorries. One by one, his lorries are involved in accidents and sabotage is suspected. The children are determined to find the culprits.

Starring: Douglas Barr, Ivor Bowyer, Angela Glynne, Angela Fouldes, David Hannaford, John Longden ..
Directed by: John Baxter
Release date: 1948-01-01

Rusty Leads the Way

6.3/10 IMDB

Danny Mitchell and his canine pal Rusty befriend blind girl Penny Moffatt. Feeling cheated by life, Penny resists all efforts to cope with her handicap. But with Rusty's help, the girl gains a new lease on life and agrees to adopt a seeing-eye dog.

Starring: Ted Donaldson, Sharyn Moffett, John Litel, Ann Doran, Paula Raymond, Peggy Converse, Flame the dog, Paul E. Burns, David Ackles, Mary Currier ..
Directed by: Will Jason
Release date: 1948-10-21

The Bear and the Bean

5.9/10 IMDB

An anthropomorphic jumping bean from Mexico causes Barney Bear no end of trouble.

Starring: Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Preston Blair, Michael Lah
Release date: 1948-01-31
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Nothing Venture

Nothing Venture

4.3/10 IMDB

A trio of young boys become involved in a criminal plot.

Starring: Peter Artemus, Peter Artemus, Jackie Artemus, Terry Randall, Paul Blake, Patric Curwen, Michael Aldridge, Philip Artemus ..
Directed by: John Baxter
Release date: 1948-01-29
Best Family Movies of 1948 : Santa in Animal Land

Santa in Animal Land

4.5/10 IMDB

Animal puppets seek out Santa to find out why he doesn't deliver presents to them.

Directed by: Stefan Sharff
Release date: 1948-01-01

Santa's Workshop

0.0/10 IMDB

The twenty-minute Santa's Workshop was turned into a two-minute trailer, with which Suomi-Filmi Oy also presented its Christmas greetings.

Starring: Irmeli Harrivirta, Veikko Sorsakivi ..
Directed by: Holger Harrivirta
Release date: 1948-12-16
Best Family Movies of 1948 : The Legend of Johnny Appleseed

The Legend of Johnny Appleseed

0.0/10 IMDB

This segment is a retelling of the story of John Chapman, who spent most of his life roaming Mid-Western America (mainly Ohio and Indiana) in the pioneer days, and planting apple trees, thus earning his famous nickname. Dennis Day narrates (as an "old settler who knew Johnny well") and provides the voices of both Johnny and his guardian angel. This segment was released independently on December 25, 1955 as Johnny Appleseed. The piece has a running time of "17 minutes [making it] the film's second-longest piece". Before being adapted as a segment in Melody Time, the story of Johnny Appleseed was "first immortalized around campfires", then later turned into "storybook form".

Starring: Dennis Day ..
Release date: 1948-05-24

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