Best Family Movies of 1959

1.

Sleeping Beauty

5.8
7.2/10 IMDB

A beautiful princess born in a faraway kingdom is destined by a terrible curse to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a deep sleep that can only be awakened by true love's first kiss. Determined to protect her, her parents ask three fairies to raise her in hiding. But the evil Maleficent is just as determined to seal the princess's fate.

Starring: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy, Barbara Jo Allen, Taylor Holmes, Bill Thompson ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman, Les Clark, Eric Larson
Release date: 1959-02-17
2.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

5.1
7.0/10 IMDB

An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.

Starring: Pat Boone, James Mason, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker, Thayer David, Peter Ronson, Robert Adler, Alan Napier, Alex Finlayson ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1959-12-16
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Li'l Abner
3.

Li'l Abner

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

A comedy musical based on the comic strip charcters created by Al Capp. When residents of Dogpatch, USA are notified by the government that they must evacuate because of atomic bomb testing, they try to persuade the government that their town is worth saving. Meanwhile, Earthquake McGoon wants to marry Daisy Mae; Daisy Mae wants to marry Li'l Abner, and Li'l Abner just wants to go fishing.

Starring: Peter Palmer, Leslie Parrish, Stubby Kaye, Julie Newmar, Billie Hayes, Joe E. Marks, Stella Stevens, Bernd Hoffmann, Howard St. John, Al Nesor ..
Directed by: Melvin Frank
Release date: 1959-12-11
4.

The Shaggy Dog

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

Through an ancient spell, a boy changes into a sheepdog and back again. It seems to happen at inopportune times and the spell can only be broken by an act of bravery....

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Tim Considine, Kevin Corcoran, Cecil Kellaway, Alexander Scourby, Roberta Shore, James Westerfield ..
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1959-03-19
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Jungle Cat
5.

Jungle Cat

3.3
7.4/10 IMDB

This final True-Life Adventure would also appear to be one of the best, as we go into the South American jungle to observe the jaguar. Jungle Cat is more intimate than its kin, allowing individual animal characters to be developed. Central to the cast is a pair of jaguars (one ebony), whose fighting leads to love and, not long after, two babies (one resembling each parent).

Starring: Winston Hibler ..
Directed by: James Algar
Release date: 1959-12-16
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Mexicali Shmoes
6.

Mexicali Shmoes

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

A pair of not-too-bright Mexican cats, one shorter-tempered than the other, decide to chase Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in all Mexico. And when their schemes - involving use of guitars, a fishing rod, dynamite, and land mines - all backfire, they decide to try catching Slowpoke Rodriguez, Mexico's slowest mouse. But the short-tempered cat learns too late that Slowpoke packs a gun.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Tom Holland ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1959-07-04
Best Family Movies of 1959 : A Witch's Tangled Hare
7.

A Witch's Tangled Hare

2.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Bunny's- or rather Bugs- is an important ingredient in Witch Hazel's brew. All the while, William Shakespeare is watching them, looking for new dialog.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Abe Levitow
Release date: 1959-10-31
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Harold and the Purple Crayon
8.

Harold and the Purple Crayon

2.4
6.8/10 IMDB

This is the ingeniously imaginative story of a small boy who, with his magic crayon, draws himself in and out of a series of adventures.

Starring: Bruce Bayley Johnson ..
Directed by: David Piel
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Moochie of the Little League
9.

Moochie of the Little League

1.7
7.7/10 IMDB

A young newspaper boy who is on a Little League team works hard to persuade an elderly Englishman, with whom he had a previous run-in, to donate land for a baseball diamond.

Starring: Kevin Corcoran, Reginald Owen, Alan Hale Jr., Stuart Erwin, Frances Rafferty, Lee Aaker, Annette Gorman ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1959-10-02
Best Family Movies of 1959 : Mystery in the Mine
10.

Mystery in the Mine

1.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Jane and Tom set out on an adventure in which they must keep the corrupt Grimblatt from locating the K-13 fuel for his evil space mirror.

Starring: Ingrid Cardon, Stewart Guidotti, Howard Greene, Peter Copley ..
Directed by: James Hill
Release date: 1959-09-01

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