Best Family Movies of 1956

1.

Around the World in Eighty Days

4.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Based on the famous book by Jules Verne the movie follows Phileas Fogg on his journey around the world. Which has to be completed within 80 days, a very short period for those days.

Starring: David Niven, Cantinflas, Finlay Currie, Robert Morley, Charles Boyer, Robert Newton, Gilbert Roland, Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra, Buster Keaton ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1956-10-17
Best Family Movies of 1956 : Broom-Stick Bunny
2.

Broom-Stick Bunny

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

On Halloween, Bugs Bunny, masquerading as an witch, trick or treats at Witch Hazel's door. He comes to the creepy old mansion of Witch Hazel, who's mixing up a potion. Bugs is mistaken for a real witch by Hazel, who prides herself on being the ugliest witch of all.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1956-02-25
Best Family Movies of 1956 : Deduce, You Say
3.

Deduce, You Say

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Daffy Duck is a detective who is hunting for the Shorepshire Slasher.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1956-09-29
4.

Davy Crockett and the River Pirates

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Davy Crockett and his sidekick Georgie compete against boastful Mike Fink ("King of the River") in a boat race to New Orleans. Later, Davy and Georgie, allied with Fink, battle a group of river pirates trying to pass themselves off as Native Americans.

Starring: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Jeff York, Kenneth Tobey, Clem Bevans, Irvin Ashkenazy, Mort Mills, Paul Newlan, Frank Richards, Troy Melton ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1956-07-18
5.

The Great Locomotive Chase

3.4
6.9/10 IMDB

During the Civil War, a Union spy, Andrews, is asked to lead a band of Union soldiers into the South so that they could destroy the railway system. However, things don't go as planned when the conductor of the train that they stole is on to them and is doing everything he can to stop them. Based on a true story.

Starring: Fess Parker, Jeffrey Hunter, Jeff York, John Lupton, Eddie Firestone, Kenneth Tobey, Don Megowan, Claude Jarman Jr., Harry Carey, Jr., Leonard P. Geer ..
Directed by: Francis D. Lyon
Release date: 1956-06-08
Best Family Movies of 1956 : Disneyland, U.S.A
6.

Disneyland, U.S.A

3.4
7.9/10 IMDB

A tour of the Disneyland theme park.

Starring: Walt Disney, Buddy Ebsen, Fess Parker ..
Directed by: Hamilton Luske
Release date: 1956-12-20
Best Family Movies of 1956 : The High and the Flighty
7.

The High and the Flighty

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Salesman Daffy Duck comes upon a farm, the site of Foghorn Leghorn's ongoing feud with the barnyard dog, and proceeds to sell Foghorn and the dog contraptions to continue their violent, mutual heckling.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1956-02-18
Best Family Movies of 1956 : Barbary-Coast Bunny
8.

Barbary-Coast Bunny

3.0
7.6/10 IMDB

After Bugs' giant gold nugget is stolen by Nasty Canasta, he tries to win it back at Canasta's San Francisco gambling hall.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1956-07-21
Best Family Movies of 1956 : Bugs' Bonnets
9.

Bugs' Bonnets

3.0
7.5/10 IMDB

A passing truck spills a variety of hats, causing Elmer and Bugs to change personalities in rapid succession to fit the headgear they wind up wearing.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, Robert C. Bruce ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1956-01-14
Best Family Movies of 1956 : Rabbitson Crusoe
10.

Rabbitson Crusoe

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Crusoe, played by Yosemite Sam, has been living off coconuts for 20 years when Bugs washes up on his island.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1956-04-28
Best Family Movies of 1956 : Peril for the Guy
11.

Peril for the Guy

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

Story of a group of children's successful efforts to bring to book a gang of oil men intent on stealing valuable invention.

Starring: Frazer Hines, Meredith Edwards, Peter Copley, Dorothy Gordon, John Horsley, Christopher Warbey, Ali Allen, Katherine Kath, Paul Daneman, Mandy Harper ..
Directed by: James Hill
Release date: 1956-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1956 : Rocket-bye Baby
12.

Rocket-bye Baby

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

A cosmic mix-up results in a Martian baby being delivered to Earth, while an Earth baby is sent to Mars. Joseph Wilbur and his wife try to raise the green-skinned, ingenious Martian tyke as if he were an Earthling. But the kid builds his own spaceship and flies away, and Wilbur must find him and bring him back, or he'll never be able to make an exchange with the Martian parents for his own boy.

Starring: Daws Butler, June Foray, Mel Blanc, Earl Keen, Richard Conte, Margaret Lawrence, Gloria Blondell ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1956-08-04
Best Family Movies of 1956 : Stupor Duck
13.

Stupor Duck

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Daffy Duck does Superman as Stupor Duck (aka mild-mannered reporter Cluck Trent) takes on the villainous yet nonexistent Aardvark Ratnik.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1956-07-06
Best Family Movies of 1956 : The Egg and Jerry
14.

The Egg and Jerry

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

A lost baby woodpecker, that believes Jerry is its mother, does everything it can to save the mouse from Tom, who is once again in pursuit. A CinemaScope remake of the 1949 Tom and Jerry cartoon Hatch Up Your Troubles.

Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1956-03-23
Best Family Movies of 1956 : Samoa
15.

Samoa

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

Oscar nominated short film from 1956

Starring: Winston Hibler ..
Directed by: Ben Sharpsteen
Release date: 1956-12-25
Best Family Movies of 1956 : A Kid for Two Farthings
16.

A Kid for Two Farthings

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

Joe is a young boy who lives with his mother, Joanna, in working-class London. The two reside above the tailor shop of Mr. Kandinsky, who likes to tell Joe stories. When Kandinsky informs Joe that a unicorn can grant wishes, the hopeful lad ends up buying a baby goat with one tiny horn, believing it to be a real unicorn. Undaunted by his rough surroundings, Joe sets about to prove that wishes can come true.

Starring: Celia Johnson, Diana Dors, David Kossoff, Joe Robinson, Jonathan Ashmore, Brenda De Banzie, Primo Carnera, Lou Jacobi, Sid James, Irene Handl ..
Directed by: Carol Reed
Release date: 1956-01-20
Best Family Movies of 1956 : Heaven Scent
17.

Heaven Scent

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

On the French Riviera, a female cat is frightened by sudden outbursts of barking by every dog around her. So, to scare them away, she paints her back with a white stripe like that of a skunk. But she doesn't receive the peace she'd expected, because Pepé Le Pew, the amorous French skunk, sees her, thinks she's a girl skunk, and pursues her.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1956-03-31
Best Family Movies of 1956 : Supersonic Saucer
18.

Supersonic Saucer

2.5
5.5/10 IMDB

A group of schoolchildren come upon an alien from Venus, and help him against a gang of criminals who are trying to kidnap him. The recipe for a successful Children's Film Foundation production: take a peaceful rural setting and fill with an equal mix of boys and girls (two of each will suffice). Add a bunch of crooks, a gentle moral, and a chase. For added flavour, director Tom Wells (son of H.G. Wells) spices up an old formula with a sprinkling of science-fiction in the form of a friendly alien creature. Enjoy!

Starring: Marcia Monolescue, Gillian Harrison, Fella Edmonds, Andrew Motte-Harrison, Tony Lyons, Hilda Fenemore, Donald Gray, Patrick Boxill, Raymond Rollett, Patrick Connor ..
Directed by: Guy Fergusson
Release date: 1956-03-01
Best Family Movies of 1956 : 90 Day Wondering
19.

90 Day Wondering

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

Ralph Phillips is overjoyed when he runs out of Fort Itude, because he's a civilian again. Things, however, don't go well for him when he gets home, and two pixies named Pete and Re-Pete convince him to stay in civilian life or go back to the army. At the end, Ralph chooses to go back to the army

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bill Thompson, June Foray, Margaret Lawrence, Mary Lawrence, Mary Moder, Daws Butler ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1956-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1956 : Assault and Flattery
20.

Assault and Flattery

2.3
5.7/10 IMDB

Bluto is accusing Popeye in judge Wimpy's courtroom. Bluto tells a sad tale of how Popeye attacked him without provocation, but Popeye tells his side, in detail

Starring: Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer, Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Izzy Sparber
Release date: 1956-07-02
Best Family Movies of 1956 : Jack and Old Mac
21.

Jack and Old Mac

2.3
5.7/10 IMDB

Two stylized nursery rhymes are shown. First is "The House That Jack Built" as told with a variety of characters composed of letters that spell out their names (Example: the cow is made up of an intertwined C, O, and W). Next is "Old MacDonald Had a Band" (no, not farm) in which Old MacDonald and his band give way with a hot jazz number (even his animals play instruments). The piece comes to an end when Old MacDonald's wife is tired of doing all the housework and gives him a swift whack on his head with her rolling pin.

Directed by: Bill Justice
Release date: 1956-07-18
Best Family Movies of 1956 : Peter Pan
22.

Peter Pan

1.8
7.8/10 IMDB

This SECOND live broadcast aired a year after the success of the first. Utilizing much of the same cast, it nevertheless is its own unique performance which charmed millions of households in 1956.

Starring: Mary Martin, Cyril Ritchard, Kathleen Nolan, Margalo Gillmore, Sondra Lee, Heller Halliday, Joe E. Marks, Norman Shelly, Michael Allen, Tom Halloran ..
Release date: 1956-01-09
23.

The Secret of the Forest

1.7
7.4/10 IMDB

Two children dig up an old Viking treasure ship and become involved with crooks who have buried their loot on the site. Specially made for children.

Starring: Kit Terrington, Jacqueline Cox, Barry Knight, Vincent Ball, Diana Day ..
Directed by: Darcy Conyers
Release date: 1956-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1956 : Manhunt in Space
24.

Manhunt in Space

1.3
2.4/10 IMDB

Rocky Jones, Space Ranger fights space pirates over an invisible spaceship.

Starring: Richard Crane, Sally Mansfield, Scotty Beckett, Robert Lyden, Maurice Cass, Charles Meredith, Patsy Parsons, Gábor Curtiz, Henry Brandon, James Griffith ..
Directed by: Hollingsworth Morse
Release date: 1956-01-01
25.

Circus Friends

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A group of circus children and their friends band together to save the show from financial disaster.

Starring: Alan Coleshill, Carol White, David Tilley, Sam Kydd, Frank Forsyth, Pat Belcher, Meredith Edwards, John Horsley, Sam Kydd, Conrad Phillips ..
Directed by: Gerald Thomas
Release date: 1956-10-01
Best Family Movies of 1956 : Fairy Princess
26.

Fairy Princess

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Restored to its original glory by the National Film Preservation Foundation back in 2005, this little Christmas film is one of our holiday favorites. Margaret Conneely (Chicago amateur filmmaker & CFA Collection namesake) frames stop-motion animation and trick photography with live action footage to fuel her very own Christmas fairy tale. FAIRY PRINCESS (1956) was Margaret Conneely's most successful amateur film, winning a slew of local awards, and being named one of the Photographic Society of America's 'Ten Best films of 1956.' Conneely's film was also awarded the PSA's 'Harris B. Tuttle Trophy'; named after Eastman Kodak's innovator of the 16mm format, this trophy was awarded annually for the best amateur storytelling film on a family theme. - Chicago Film Archives

Directed by: Margaret Conneely
Release date: 1956-01-01
27.

Magoo Goes West

0.0
5.7/10 IMDB

Mr. Magoo is depressed over the constant rainy weather. Well, actually, it isn't raining; he's just left the sprinkler running. Fed up, he plans to venture to California in search of sunny weather. Even though he never actually leaves town, the trip is a long one with Magoo driving through city parks and water fountains. Finally believing himself to be on the home stretch when going through a car wash, he is convinced he has finally made it to California when he crashes into a billboard advertisement for Florida.

Starring: Jim Backus, Jerry Hausner ..
Directed by: Pete Burness
Release date: 1956-04-18
28.

Calling Doctor Magoo

0.0
6.5/10 IMDB

When Rodney, a friend of the nearsighted Mr. Magoo, goes to the hospital, Mr. Magoo decides to visit him and to take along some of his cure-all, homemade elixir. But he makes a wrong turn and ends up on a docked-ship visiting a stranger wearing a turban, thanking he is Rodney, and gives him some of the elixir. He returns home and gets a telephone call from Rodney who is waiting for his visit. He thinks Rodney is delirious and ventures forth for another visit carrying a giant-size bottle of his elixir.

Starring: Jim Backus, Jerry Hausner ..
Directed by: Pete Burness
Release date: 1956-05-24
29.

One Wish Too Many

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Peter and his friends find unexpected and exciting adventures when all their wishes are granted by a magic marble.

Starring: Anthony Richmond, Rosalind Gourgey, John Pike, Sam Costa ..
Directed by: John Durst
Release date: 1956-01-01

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