Best Family Movies of 1954


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

7.2/10 IMDB

A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre, Robert J. Wilke, Ted de Corsia, Carleton Young, J. M. Kerrigan, Percy Helton, Ted Cooper ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1954-12-23
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Bugs and Thugs

Bugs and Thugs

8.0/10 IMDB

When Bugs calls a cab he doesn't know it's the getaway car for a couple of bankrobbers (he does know the capital of Nevada).

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1954-03-13
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Bewitched Bunny

Bewitched Bunny

7.7/10 IMDB

Bugs must rescue Hansel and Gretel from Witch Hazel's clutches.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1954-07-24
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Devil May Hare

Devil May Hare

7.5/10 IMDB

The Tasmanian Devil is on the loose. Bugs offers to help him find his dinner.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1954-06-19
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Dog Pounded

Dog Pounded

7.5/10 IMDB

Sylvester Cat tries to catch Tweety Bird, who is up in a tree in the middle of the city dog pound.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1954-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Mice Follies

Mice Follies

7.8/10 IMDB

Jerry and his diapered little mouse friend flood the kitchen, then use the freezer to turn it into a skating rink. Even though Tom finds a pair of ice skates, the mice have no problem outmaneuvering him.

Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1954-09-04
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Bird-Brain Bird Dog

Bird-Brain Bird Dog

6.5/10 IMDB

It's quail-hunting season and Barney goes out to buy a bird dog. He unexpectedly winds up with one that love birds. Barney insists, nonetheless, that the dog find him some game. It comes across a quail and confides in it that he doesn't mean any harm but that Barney does. The dog and bird team up to outfox Barney.

Directed by: Dick Lundy
Release date: 1954-07-31
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Little School Mouse

Little School Mouse

7.7/10 IMDB

Professor Jerry teaches a course in how to outwit cats, but his pupil seems to know more than Jerry.

Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1954-05-29
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Dixieland Droopy

Dixieland Droopy

7.4/10 IMDB

John Pettibone (Droopy), a dog whose love of Dixieland music is not appreciated by those around him, has a lucky meeting with Pee-Wee Runt and his All-Flea Dixieland band at the circus.

Starring: Bill Thompson, Bill Thompson, Marvin Miller, John Brown ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1954-12-04
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Feline Frame-Up

Feline Frame-Up

7.6/10 IMDB

After Claude frames Marc Antony, making it look like the bulldog ate the kitty, Marc must try various methods of getting back at Claude from outside the yard.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1954-02-13
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Puppy Tale

Puppy Tale

7.5/10 IMDB

Jerry rescues a bag of puppies from the river. Most of them run away as soon as Jerry releases them, but one stays behind. Jerry tries to get rid of it, but ultimately takes pity and invites the frisky pup inside, where he has to hide it from Tom, who keeps throwing it out.

Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1954-01-23
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Adventure in the Hopfields

Adventure in the Hopfields

6.6/10 IMDB

A little girl accidentally breaks her mother's favourite ornament and goes hop-picking to replace it.

Starring: Mandy Miller, Hilda Fenemore, Russell Waters, Melvyn Hayes, Harold Lang, León García, Mona Washbourne, June Rodney, Janice Field, Dandy Nichols ..
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1954-06-06
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Baby Butch

Baby Butch

7.5/10 IMDB

An alley cat is foraging for food when he sees Tom's house and decides it's a rich haul. He dresses as a foundling baby and lands on the doorstep. Tom takes him in and Butch proceeds to raid the fridge between Tom's babying him. What he doesn't know is that Jerry's going to grab the ham Butch swiped every chance he gets.

Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1954-08-14
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Hic-cup Pup

Hic-cup Pup

7.6/10 IMDB

Spike has just put Tyke to bed for his nap when Tom and Jerry chase out the door to Tyke's crib, waking him up. This gives Tyke an attack of hiccups. Spike warns Tom not to wake him up again, which of course is all Jerry needs...

Starring: Daws Butler ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1954-04-17
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Drag-A-Long Droopy

Drag-A-Long Droopy

7.3/10 IMDB

An "absolutely authentic account of the grazing land battles of the sheep and cattle wars of the early west," pitting sheep rancher Droopy against a cattle ranching wolf.

Starring: Bill Thompson, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1954-02-20
Best Family Movies of 1954 : I Gopher You

I Gopher You

7.2/10 IMDB

Two polite twin gophers are indignant at the swiping of all their vegetables by "vandals" in trucks. They follow the trucks to a food processing plant and become caught in the machinery when they try to retrieve their property.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1954-01-30
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Downhearted Duckling

Downhearted Duckling

7.4/10 IMDB

Jerry's little duckling friend is depressed because he's just read The Ugly Duckling and thinks that he's ugly. Jerry does his best to help. Tom gets involved when the suicidal duck offers himself as a meal.

Starring: Red Coffey ..
Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1954-11-13
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Dragon Around

Dragon Around

6.9/10 IMDB

Lost in a book of fairy tales, Dale imagines what it might be like to do battle with a vicious dragon---and thanks to Donald he'll soon get to find out. As Donald moves his hulking steam shovel into position, intent on clearing a path right through their tree for a new freeway, Chip and Dale ready themselves for battle just like the knights of old. With a tuna can for armor and a hat pin for a lance, Chip charges into battle atop his trusty steed, Dale. But with some quick thinking, Donald makes his phony dragon a fire breather. Who will prevail in the medieval battle for the junkyard?

Starring: Clarence Nash, Dessie Flynn, James MacDonald ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1954-07-16
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Dr. Jerkyl's Hide

Dr. Jerkyl's Hide

7.2/10 IMDB

Two cockney canines chase Sylvester Cat into the lab of Dr. Jerkyl, where the cat drinks Hyde formula...

Starring: Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1954-05-07
Best Family Movies of 1954 : The Cats Bah

The Cats Bah

6.9/10 IMDB

Penelope, an American tourist cat who's gotten a white stripe of paint down her back, is pursued through the Casbah by the amorous skunk Pepe Le Pew, who woos her with his rendition of "As Time Goes By".

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1954-03-20
Best Family Movies of 1954 : My Little Duckaroo

My Little Duckaroo

7.1/10 IMDB

Daffy Duck is a Wild West outlaw named "The Masked Avenger", righter of wrongs and doer of heroic deeds. Porky Pig is his sidekick. Together, they seek to arrest Nasty Canasta, a villain whose crimes include gag-stealing and square dancing in a round house.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1954-11-27
Best Family Movies of 1954 : From A to Z-Z-Z-Z

From A to Z-Z-Z-Z

7.6/10 IMDB

Ralph is a daydreamer... and he is quick to adapt his current surroundings into new, adventurous dreams.

Starring: Dick Beals, Marian Richman, Norman Nesbitt, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1954-10-16
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Casey Bats Again

Casey Bats Again

6.5/10 IMDB

Casey is upset about having struck out his last chance at bat but his wife suggests they have a son to follow in their dad's footsteps. Eventually, a child is born but, to Casey's dismay, it's a girl, not a boy. His wife suggests they try again several more times but each time, it's still another girl. Casey is depressed but his pals tell him that in spite of everything, they still make a powerful baseball team. Casey likes the idea and accepts. However, the day of the big game, he is nervous that one of them will strike out and attempts to make the last home run himself disguised as one of his own daughters.

Starring: Paul Frees ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1954-06-18

Babes in Toyland

7.4/10 IMDB

Based on the classic Broadway operetta by Victor Herbert and Glen MacDonough, this live television special became an annual Christmas tradition with rotating cast members.

Starring: Jo Sullivan, Dennis Day, Jack E. Leonard, Wally Cox, Dave Garroway, Bil Baird, Cora Baird, Rod Alexander, Ellen Barrie, Edward Brian ..
Directed by: Max Liebman
Release date: 1954-12-18
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter

Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter

7.8/10 IMDB

Davy Crockett seeks a truce with his Indian foes.

Starring: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Basil Ruysdael, William Bakewell, Helene Stanley, Pat Hogan, Eugene Brindel, Ray Whitetree ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1954-12-15

Gypsy Colt

6.1/10 IMDB

In this trans-species remake of Lassie, Come Home, a faithful horse undertakes a perilous journey to return to the family it loves.

Starring: Donna Corcoran, Ward Bond, Frances Dee, Larry Keating, Lee Van Cleef, Robert Hyatt, Nacho Galindo, Joe Turkel, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., Joe Dominguez ..
Directed by: Andrew Marton
Release date: 1954-04-02
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Spare the Rod

Spare the Rod

6.5/10 IMDB

Donald's nephews are always playing instead of doing their chores. Donald is going to punish them, but the "voice of child psychology" convinces him to play along instead. This works well when they chop the wood to burn him at the stake. Meanwhile, however, a trio of Pygmy cannibals that escaped from the circus are out to do the very same thing to Donald with a cauldron of water.

Starring: Clarence Nash, Bill Thompson, Pinto Colvig ..
Directed by: Jack Hannah
Release date: 1954-01-15
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Tim Driscoll's Donkey

Tim Driscoll's Donkey

5.9/10 IMDB

Story of how a young Irish boy loses the donkey he has reared from birth.

Starring: David Coote, Hugh Latimer, Peggy Marshall, John Kelly, Desmond Llewelyn, Paddy Joyce, Carol Lorimer, Anthony Green, Shay Gorman ..
Directed by: Terry Bishop
Release date: 1954-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1954 : A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

5.9/10 IMDB

A Christmas Carol was written in London by Charles Dickens in 1843. Since that time it has been the subject of countless adaptations for theatrical productions, radio, film, television, and even the opera! This musical version, adapted by Maxwell Anderson for the television show Shower of Stars, features Fredric March (The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit) as the misanthropic Ebenezer Scrooge, who's redemption comes after a ghostly night-time journey through his Christmas Past, Present and Future, and March received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal. The great Basil Rathbone (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) co-stars as the ghost of Scrooge's dead partner Jacob Marley, in what many consider to be the best and most chilling portrayal of Marley ever.

Starring: William Lundigan, Mary Costa, Fredric March, Basil Rathbone, Bob Sweeney, Christopher Cook, Craig Hill, Queenie Leonard, Rex Evans, Peter Miles ..
Directed by: Ralph Levy
Release date: 1954-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Boo Moon

Boo Moon

6.0/10 IMDB

Casper the Friendly Ghost comes to the aid of King Luna and his people after being attacked by invading Tree Men. On the 3D Bluray 3-D Rarities Volume 1, this appears as an extra in 3D.

Starring: Cecil Roy, Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer, Allen Swift ..
Directed by: Seymour Kneitel, Izzy Sparber
Release date: 1954-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Long John Silver

Long John Silver

5.7/10 IMDB

In this sequel to Treasure Island, Long John hopes to rescue his friend Jim from a rival pirate and return for more treasure.

Starring: Robert Newton, Connie Gilchrist, Lloyd Berrell, Grant Taylor, Rod Taylor, Harvey Adams, Muriel Steinbeck, Henry Gilbert, John Brunskill, Eric Reiman ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1954-12-16

Gang Boy

4.7/10 IMDB

Danny ponders a way for rival gangs to avoid violence at an upcoming dance.

Starring: Curly Riviera ..
Directed by: Arthur Swerdloff
Release date: 1954-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1954 : The Flea Circus

The Flea Circus

6.8/10 IMDB

In this animated comedic short, the entire entourage of a flea circus runs away to join a dog.

Starring: Francoise Brun-Cottan, Daws Butler, Bill Thompson ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1954-11-06
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Stormy, the Thoroughbred

Stormy, the Thoroughbred

6.6/10 IMDB

It is the story of how a scrawny young colt grows up to be a highly-prized polo pony, and the cast includes Texan Cecil Smith who, for many years, was the highest rated Polo Player in the world. The story begins on the stormy night the colt was born on a horse farm in Kentucky, seven months after the farm's intended crop of yearlings. He is far behind the other colts and is regarded as a misfit. The other colts are sold off into the racing world, but the under-age and scrawny Stormy (real name Woodie D)is sent off to work on a California ranch. There, he is spotted for the thoroughbred he is and trained as a Polo pony, and comes through with flying colors.

Starring: M.R. Valdez, Robert Skene, George Fenneman ..
Directed by: Larry Lansburgh
Release date: 1954-03-12
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

6.5/10 IMDB

An "electronic puppet" version of the Humperdinck opera, adapted for children and using spoken dialogue as well as Humperdinck's music.

Starring: Anna Russell, Mildred Dunnock, Frank Rogier, Delbert Anderson, Helen Boatwright, Constance Brigham ..
Directed by: John Paul
Release date: 1954-10-09
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Problem Child

Problem Child

6.2/10 IMDB

A drama about a high school conflict based on the novel by Liya Geraskina.

Starring: Vasili Lanovoy, Vadim Grachov, Aleksandr Susnin, Leonid Gallis, Vladimir Yemelyanov, Vladimir Andreyev, Tatyana Pelttser, Aleksei Kuznetsov, Lev Borisov, Vladimir Kenigson ..
Directed by: Tatyana Lukashevich
Release date: 1954-06-21
Best Family Movies of 1954 : A Letter from Ayrshire

A Letter from Ayrshire

5.5/10 IMDB

A Scots boy describes in a letter his home, his school, local industries and Burn's cottage and Prestwick Airport.

Directed by: J.E. Ewins
Release date: 1954-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1954 : Each Child is Different

Each Child is Different

4.8/10 IMDB

Glimpses into the lives of five fifth grade children show that each is a complex and unique pattern. Emphasizes that the teacher must discover how she can best meet the needs of each child.

Release date: 1954-01-01

Five O'Clock Finish

0.0/10 IMDB

Comedy about a lazy mechanic who has to deliver a motor-cycle to its owner before five o'clock.

Starring: Peter Butterworth, Humphrey Kent, Lloyd Pearson ..
Directed by: John Irwin
Release date: 1954-01-01

Black in the Face

0.0/10 IMDB

Peter Butterworth, an old-fashioned sweep, finds himself vying with Mr. Crossington, the "clean" sweep, in an attempt to clean the chimneys of Mr and Mrs Tompkins' house before the Mayor arrives for tea. The rivalry results in several downfalls of soot and both sweeps are chased from the house.

Starring: Peter Butterworth, Humphrey Kent, Lloyd Pearson, Cecilia Cavendish ..
Directed by: John Irwin
Release date: 1954-01-01

Mystery on Bird Island

0.0/10 IMDB

Story of four youngsters who discover birds' nest thieves on a sanctuary island.From story by Mary Cathcart Borer.

Starring: Mavis Sage, Jennifer Beach, Nick Edmett, Alexander Gauge, Vernon Morris, Peter Arne, Roddy Hughes, Howard Connell ..
Directed by: John Haggarty, John Haggerty
Release date: 1954-12-01
Best Family Movies of 1954 : The Star of Bethlehem

The Star of Bethlehem

0.0/10 IMDB

James Mason and his wife Pamela read sections from the bible that lead up to the birth of Jesus. James Mason then visits his daughter in bed and their discussion leads into an enactment of the Nativity starring a cast of children.

Starring: James Mason, Pamela Mason, Portland Mason, Jerry Mathers, Jamie Osborne, Robin Alexander ..
Directed by: James Mason
Release date: 1954-12-18

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