Best Family Movies of 1951


Alice in Wonderland

7.4/10 IMDB

On a golden afternoon, young Alice follows a White Rabbit, who disappears down a nearby rabbit hole. Quickly following him, she tumbles into the burrow - and enters the merry, topsy-turvy world of Wonderland! Memorable songs and whimsical escapades highlight Alice's journey, which culminates in a madcap encounter with the Queen of Hearts - and her army of playing cards!

Starring: Kathryn Beaumont, Verna Felton, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway, Jerry Colonna, J. Pat O'Malley, Bill Thompson, Heather Angel, Joseph Kearns ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Release date: 1951-07-28
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Rabbit Fire

Rabbit Fire

8.3/10 IMDB

Daffy Duck and Bugs argue back and forth whether it is duck season or rabbit season. The object of their arguments is hunter Elmer Fudd.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1951-05-19
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Drip-Along Daffy

Drip-Along Daffy

7.7/10 IMDB

Daffy Duck plays a western hero, but things don't go as he hoped in a one horse town.

Starring: Mel Blanc, John T. Smith ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1951-11-17
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Out of Scale

Out of Scale

7.4/10 IMDB

Donald has a ride-on sized train layout in his backyard. There's a large tree (home to Chip 'n Dale) that's out of scale, so Donald moves it while they're out; they come back to see their tree moving. No problem; one of Donald's model houses is just their size.

Starring: Clarence Nash, James MacDonald, Dessie Flynn ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1951-11-02
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Canned Feud

Canned Feud

7.4/10 IMDB

Sylvester Cat finds that his people have gone on vacation and left him alone in a locked house with a large stash of canned food in a cupboard. Sylvester needs a can opener, or he'll starve. And a pesky mouse has the only can opener in the house and torments Sylvester into trying more and more desperate measures to obtain it.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Marian Richman ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1951-02-03
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Corn Chips

Corn Chips

7.3/10 IMDB

Donald is shoveling the snow off his walk; Chip 'n' Dale are shoveling their branch. Donald tricks them into shoveling his walk. Angered, they sneak into his house, where he's getting ready to make popcorn. They've never seen this before, but they love it. They stow away in the box, then make off with the bowl of popped corn.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Dessie Flynn, James MacDonald ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1951-03-23

Show Boat

6.9/10 IMDB

A dashing Mississippi river gambler wins the affections of the daughter of the owner of the Show Boat.

Starring: Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Joe E. Brown, Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Robert Sterling, Agnes Moorehead, Bess Flowers, Leif Erickson ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1951-07-19

Angels in the Outfield

7.1/10 IMDB

Paul Douglas stars, with Janet Leigh, as the hot-tempered Pittsburgh Pirates manager whose hard-luck team goes on a winning streak thanks to some heavenly intervention.

Starring: Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn, Donna Corcoran, Lewis Stone, Spring Byington, Bruce Bennett, Marvin Kaplan, Ellen Corby, Jeff Richards ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1951-10-19

On Moonlight Bay

7.0/10 IMDB

The Winfield family moves into a new house in a small town in Indiana. Tomboy Marjorie Winfield begins a romance with William Sherman who lives across the street. Marjorie has to learn how to dance and act like a proper young lady. Unfortunately William Sherman has unconventional ideas for the time. His ideas include not believing in marriage or money, which causes friction with Marjorie's father, who is the local bank vice president

Starring: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Leon Ames, Rosemary DeCamp, Mary Wickes, Jack Smith, Ellen Corby, Billy Gray, Jeffrey Stevens, Eddie Marr ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1951-07-26
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Amahl and the Night Visitors

Amahl and the Night Visitors

8.8/10 IMDB

The historic, original, live airing of what would become an annual Christmas tradition throughout the 1950s, this opera tells the story of Amahl, a crippled shepherd boy, and his destitute mother, who provide temporary shelter to three men who are following a star to the newly-born Christ child.

Starring: Chet Allen, Rosemary Kuhlmann, Andrew McKinley, David Aiken, Leon Lishner, Francis Monachino, Melissa Hayden, Nicholas Magallanes, Glen Tetley, Melissa Hayden ..
Directed by: Gian Carlo Menotti, Kirk Browning
Release date: 1951-12-24
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Symphony in Slang

Symphony in Slang

7.6/10 IMDB

At the gates of Heaven, the admitting officials have a hard time understanding a newcomer's life story with all his contemporary slang.

Starring: John Brown ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1951-06-16
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Cheese Chasers

Cheese Chasers

7.7/10 IMDB

After eating their fill at a cheese factory, Hubie and Bertie decide there is nothing left to live for, and try to get Claude Cat to eat them.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1951-08-25

Bedtime for Bonzo

5.5/10 IMDB

College prof Peter Boyd tries to salvage his professional and personal reputation by using a lab chimp to prove that environment trumps heredity in behavioral development.

Starring: Ronald Reagan, Diana Lynn, Walter Slezak, Lucille Barkley, Jesse White, Ann Tyrrell, Herbert Heyes, Herb Vigran, Harry Tyler, Tommy Bond ..
Directed by: Frederick de Cordova
Release date: 1951-04-05
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Chow Hound

Chow Hound

7.5/10 IMDB

A muscular dog exploits a cat and a mouse for food, but they keep forgetting to bring him gravy!

Starring: John T. Smith, Bea Benaderet, Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1951-06-16
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Rabbit Every Monday

Rabbit Every Monday

7.6/10 IMDB

Yosemite Sam hunts Bugs Bunny. Bugs covers Sam's gun with bubble gum, causing Sam to blast himself inside a big bubble. Sam next forces Bugs into his cabin, where Bugs fools Sam into thinking there is a party going on in his oven.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1951-02-10
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Droopy's Double Trouble

Droopy's Double Trouble

7.3/10 IMDB

Butler Droopy gets his twin brother Drippy a job as assistant butler, causing trouble for Butch, who is trying to mooch an easy meal but can't tell the difference between the kind Droopy and the violence-prone Drippy.

Starring: Daws Butler, Bill Thompson ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1951-11-17

Hardrock, Coco and Joe — The Three Little Dwarfs

6.7/10 IMDB

Hardrock, Coco and Joe is a short stop motion animated cartoon based on a song written by Stuart Hamblen. It is about three of Santa Claus' helpers who ride on Santa's sleigh each Christmas.

Release date: 1951-12-25
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Scent-imental Romeo

Scent-imental Romeo

7.0/10 IMDB

A hungry cat disguises herself as a skunk to get in on feeding time at the zoo, but amorous Pepe thinks she's the real thing and pours on his Maurice Chevalier impression to win her over.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1951-03-24

Superman and the Mole-Men

5.5/10 IMDB

Reporters Clark Kent and Lois Lane arrive in the small town of Silsby to witness the drilling of the world's deepest oil well. The drill, however, has penetrated the underground home of a race of small, furry people who then come to the surface at night to look around. The fact that they glow in the dark scares the townfolk, who form a mob, led by the vicious Luke Benson, intent on killing the strange people. Only Superman has a chance to prevent this tragedy.

Starring: George Reeves, Phyllis Coates, Beverly Washburn, John T. Bambury, Tony Boris, Stephen Carr, Byron Foulger, Jeff Corey, Adrienne Marden, Jerry Maren ..
Directed by: Lee Sholem
Release date: 1951-11-23
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Lovelorn Leghorn

Lovelorn Leghorn

7.1/10 IMDB

The other hens make fun of Miss Prissy, who still has not found a husband. Prissy sets out, rolling pin in hand, to find one, and she comes upon confirmed bachelor Foghorn Leghorn in the midst of his feud with the barnyard dog. The dog helps Prissy take Foghorn as her mate by knocking him out and stuffing him in a picnic basket!

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1951-09-08
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman

6.5/10 IMDB

This short little cartoon is based on the popular song by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson, first recorded in 1950 by Gene Autry as his followup to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Directed by: Robert Cannon
Release date: 1951-12-23
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Room and Bird

Room and Bird

7.1/10 IMDB

Tweety and Sylvester are Granny's pets in the Spinsters Arms Hotel, where pets aren't allowed.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1951-06-02
Best Family Movies of 1951 : His Mouse Friday

His Mouse Friday

7.0/10 IMDB

Jerry is far from Tom's servant here. Tom, shipwrecked, washes up on a tropical island. His first attempts at food - a coconut and a turtle - are much too hard. But he spots Jerry just before Jerry sees him, and soon has him in the frying pan. Jerry escapes to a cannibal village; when he sees Tom's frightened reaction, he has his plan. Using soot from a pot, he blackens himself, then threatens Tom and starts cooking him. But Jerry's plan - and tail, and un-blackened bottom - is exposed when his grass skirt comes off during his war dance. Jerry helicopters away using the bone in his hair, and leading Tom right into the real cannibals. But Jerry's triumph is short-lived, as a pygmy cannibal comes after him.

Starring: Paul Frees ..
Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1951-07-07
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Howdy Doody's Christmas

Howdy Doody's Christmas

5.3/10 IMDB

It's Christmas Eve and Santa hasn't come yet, so Buffalo Bob Smith, Howdy, and Clarabell The Clown decide to take the Rocket Doodle as transportation and head for the North Pole to see what's happened to Santa. When they get there they find out that Ugly Sam thinks that Santa is the Bearded Bandit and has captured him. So, it's up to Howdy and the Crew to prove differently.

Starring: Lew Anderson, Buffalo Bob Smith ..
Release date: 1951-11-30
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Chicken in the Rough

Chicken in the Rough

6.9/10 IMDB

Chip 'n' Dale wander into a farmyard to collect acorns. Dale mistakes an egg for a nut, but when he tries to demonstrate to a newly hatched chick how to get back into the egg, a rooster mistakes him for one of his chicks.

Starring: Dessie Flynn, James MacDonald, Florence Gill, Mary Lawrence, Louise Myers, Jean MacMurray ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1951-01-19
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Lion Down

Lion Down

7.0/10 IMDB

Goofy is about to set up a hammock in the backyard of his penthouse apartment but is minus one tree. He immediately decides to get another one but he shows poor judgement in regards that the one he picks is unkowingly the home of a mountain lion. The lion returns to Goofy's penthouse to reclaim his tree, notices the hammock, and decides this is a much better source of relaxation than laying on a tree branch. Thus, he tries to remove Goofy from the hammock so he can relax himself and eventually a battle ensues.

Starring: Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1951-01-05

Fuddy Duddy Buddy

6.8/10 IMDB

Mr. Magoo has mistaken a walrus for a human friend and various sight gags are shown in typical Magoo fashion.

Starring: Jim Backus ..
Directed by: John Hubley
Release date: 1951-10-17
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Big Top Bunny

Big Top Bunny

6.9/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny is hired to perform in Colonel Korny's Circus alongside Bruno the Magnificent, the Slobokian Acrobatic Bear, but Bruno doesn't want to share the limelight.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1951-12-01
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Francis Goes to the Races

Francis Goes to the Races

6.3/10 IMDB

In this funny sequel to the popular Francis the Talking Mule, the talkative Mule and his pal Peter get a job working on a horse-breeder's ranch. They end up saving it from financial ruin when Francis, who has the inside track with the racehorses, provides Peter with names of the winners before the races are run. Sure enough Peter finds himself with a fistful of cash and uses it to buy a racehorse for the farm. Unfortunately, the horse he chooses is suffering from a debilitating lack of confidence. When not dealing with the mare, Peter finds time to court the horse breeder's niece and trying to avoid the gangsters who want in on the winnings.

Starring: Donald O'Connor, Piper Laurie, Cecil Kellaway, Barry Kelley, Vaughn Taylor, Jesse White, Hayden Rorke, Larry Keating, Chill Wills, Molly ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1951-05-01
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Test Pilot Donald

Test Pilot Donald

6.8/10 IMDB

Donald flies his model airplane into Chip 'n Dale's tree. Dale climbs in and proceeds to cause trouble.

Starring: Clarence Nash, James MacDonald, Dessie Flynn ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1951-06-08
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Wicket Wacky

Wicket Wacky

6.2/10 IMDB

Despite a 'No Trespassing' sign, an irritable gopher, and an obvious lack of skill, Woody is determined to play some croquet.

Directed by: Walter Lantz
Release date: 1951-05-27
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Sleepy Time Possum

Sleepy Time Possum

6.1/10 IMDB

Pa Possum dresses up like a dog to try to get Junior Possum to stop sleeping all the time and do his chores.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1951-11-03
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Rhubarb


6.9/10 IMDB

Rich, eccentric T.J. Banner adopts a feral cat who becomes an affectionate pet. Then T.J. dies, leaving to Rhubarb most of his money and a pro baseball team, the Brooklyn Loons. When the team protests, publicist Eric Yeager convinces them Rhubarb is good luck. But Eric's fiacee Polly seems to be allergic to cats, and the team's success may mean new hazards for Rhubarb.

Starring: Ray Milland, Jan Sterling, Gene Lockhart, William Frawley, Elsie Holmes, Taylor Holmes, Willard Waterman, Henry Slate, James Griffith, Jim Hayward ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1951-08-29
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Plutopia


6.7/10 IMDB

Mickey's on vacation at Camp Utopia. At first Pluto thinks it really is utopia: trees everywhere and a cat to chase. But the cabin rules are strict: no dogs indoors, and dogs must be muzzled and leashed. Mickey puts Pluto out to sleep, just out of reach of his food, and the cat comes down and taunts him. Pluto falls asleep and dreams of his "Plutopia" with a subservient cat begging Pluto to bite him and catering to his every need.

Starring: James MacDonald, Pinto Colvig, Jim Backus ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1951-05-18
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Cold Storage

Cold Storage

6.3/10 IMDB

An egret, frozen by the winter weather, moves into Pluto's doghouse. Pluto, cold and tired, takes a while to realize his doghouse is moving around without him. Even when he does realize, though, he has a hard time dislodging the interloper.

Starring: Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1951-02-09
Best Family Movies of 1951 : A Bone for a Bone

A Bone for a Bone

6.9/10 IMDB

Two polite gophers are in their underground home, playing gin, when a dog buries his bone right on top of them. They try to negotiate with the dog so that he will bury the bone elsewhere. But the dog refuses to be cooperative.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1951-04-07
Best Family Movies of 1951 : The Painted Hills

The Painted Hills

4.2/10 IMDB

After years of prospecting, Jonathan finally strikes gold. He returns to town only to discover that his partner has since died and left Tommy fatherless. He decides to leave Shep (played by Lassie) with Tommy to cheer him up. Meanwhile, Jonathan's new partner, Lin, isn't interested in sharing the gold, and lures Jonathan to his death. Lassie immediately deduces what's happened, so Lin poisons Lassie. Lassie barely pulls through and pursues Lin to a climactic confrontation where, due to an off-screen accident with some liquid nitrogen, Lin's gun jams.

Starring: Gary Gray, Paul Kelly, Bruce Cowling, Art Smith, Ann Doran, Chief Yowlachie, Andrea Virginia Lester, Brown Jug Reynolds, Mitchell Lewis, Charles Watts ..
Directed by: Harold F. Kress
Release date: 1951-05-04
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Good Table Manners

Good Table Manners

5.0/10 IMDB

Chuck, a young loner, is invited by a neighbor to a dinner party, but turns it down. He finds himself visited by "Chuck of the future"--himself at age 21. "Chuck of the future" knows the reason the current Chuck doesn't want to go to the party--he's embarrassed over his poor table manners. "Chuck of the future" decides to give "Chuck of the present" some tips on proper table etiquette.

Directed by: Ted Peshak
Release date: 1951-05-23
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Alphabet Antics

Alphabet Antics

3.5/10 IMDB

Release date: 1951-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen

Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen

3.3/10 IMDB

One of Santa Claus' "brownies" (elves) introduces the story of the Fairy Snow Queen, who plays a trick on Santa Claus by bringing all the toys to life just before Claus is due to deliver them to children around the world. She shows Claus what she's done and the toys demonstrate their abilities. The toys are distraught when Claus says they must be turned back into inanimate objects in time for Christmas, but the Fairy Snow Queen comes up with a plan to make everyone happy.

Starring: Rochelle Stanton, Edmund Penney, Margo Von Leu, Jenny Neal, Don Oreck, Patrick Clement, Bob Porter ..
Directed by: Sid Davis
Release date: 1951-12-01
Best Family Movies of 1951 : The Wonder Gloves

The Wonder Gloves

6.6/10 IMDB

Uncle George is showing Little Johnny, his nephew, the pair of boxing gloves he claims enabled him, when he was the janitor at a training-gym, to beat up the bullying prizefighting champion. Little Johnny scoffs at the tale until the 'wonder gloves' gives him a spanking.

Directed by: Robert Cannon
Release date: 1951-11-29
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Right or Wrong? (Making Moral Decisions)

Right or Wrong? (Making Moral Decisions)

4.1/10 IMDB

A group of young boys break some windows at a warehouse. The security guard recognizes one of them as a neighborhood boy, Harry. Harry is hauled into the police station and told things will go easier on him if he tells who his accomplices were. Harry must decide which is better, shouldering the blame for the entire incident or ratting out his friends.

Release date: 1951-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1951 : The Outsider

The Outsider

5.8/10 IMDB

Susan, a pretty high school student, has everything going for her—except popularity. She can't figure out why she is so "out of step" with the rest of the crowd. She finally comes to realize that her habit of "hanging back" and "not trying to fit in" is making her unpopular. She vows to change her ways and go along with the crowd, which means that people will like her.

Starring: Arden Booth, Vera Stough ..
Directed by: Arthur H. Wolf
Release date: 1951-06-14
Best Family Movies of 1951 : The Family Circus

The Family Circus

5.7/10 IMDB

Five-year-old Patsy has competition for her father's attention from the family's new baby. Her attempts to win her father's praise receive instead a rebuke.

Directed by: Art Babbitt
Release date: 1951-01-25

Good Eating Habits

3.8/10 IMDB

In this educational short film, tips are given on proper nourishment.

Starring: James Andelin ..
Release date: 1951-05-22
Best Family Movies of 1951 : Fears of Children

Fears of Children

0.0/10 IMDB

Why are children afraid? Where do their fears come from? In FEARS OF CHILDREN, a young boy is afraid. His parents have difficulties with his fear. In turn, their son unexpectedly resolves these issues in unusual way. It is the 1950s after all. Things were different then. Or were they?

Starring: Rex Thompson, Anna Minot Franz, Peter Hobbs, Sarah Cunningham, Lee Richmond ..
Directed by: Francis Thompson
Release date: 1951-01-01


0.0/10 IMDB

A fighter's manager tries to make him the next big boxer in the ring.

Starring: James Dean, Martin Milner, Regis Toomey, Richard Jaeckel, Carey Loftin, Jack Bernardi, Donald Bellis, Noble Chissell, Jimmie Dundee, Donald Erickson ..
Directed by: Frank Woodruff
Release date: 1951-10-29

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