Best Family Movies of 1961

1.

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

5.9
7.2/10 IMDB

When a litter of dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella De Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement.

Starring: Rod Taylor, J. Pat O'Malley, Betty Lou Gerson, Martha Wentworth, Ben Wright, Cate Bauer, David Frankham, Frederick Worlock, Lisa Davis, Tom Conway ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman
Release date: 1961-01-25
2.

One, Two, Three

5.7
7.9/10 IMDB

C.R. MacNamara will do anything to get a promotion within the Coca-Cola company, including looking after boss W.P. Hazeltine's rebellious teenage daughter, Scarlett. When Scarlett visits Berlin, where C.R. is stationed, she reveals that she is married to a communist named Otto Piffl -- and C.R. recognizes that Otto's anti-establishment stance will clash with his boss's own political views, possibly jeopardizing his promotion.

Starring: James Cagney, Liselotte Pulver, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Howard St. John, Loïs Bolton, Hanns Lothar, Karl Lieffen, Arlene Francis, Leon Askin ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1961-12-15
3.

The Parent Trap

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Two identical twin sisters, separated at birth by their parents' divorce, are reunited years later at a summer camp, where they scheme to bring their parents back together. The girls, one of whom has been living with their mother and the other with their father, switch places after camp and go to work on their plan, the first objective being to scare off a gold-digger pursuing their father.

Starring: Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Charles Ruggles, Una Merkel, Leo G. Carroll, Joanna Barnes, Cathleen Nesbitt, Ruth McDevitt, Crahan Denton ..
Directed by: David Swift
Release date: 1961-05-13
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog
4.

Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

In Scotland 1865, An old shepherd and his little Skye terrier go to Edinburgh. But when the shepherd dies of pneumonia, the dog remains faithful to his master, refuses to be adopted by anyone, and takes to sleeping on his master's grave in the Greyfriars kirkyard, despite a caretaker with a "no dogs" rule. And when Bobby is taken up for being unlicensed, it's up to the children of Edinburgh and the Lord Provost to decide what's to be done.

Starring: Donald Crisp, Laurence Naismith, Alex Mackenzie, Duncan Macrae, Andrew Cruickshank, Gordon Jackson ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1961-07-17
5.

The Absent-Minded Professor

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Hailed as one of Walt Disney's most hilarious comedies, The Absent-Minded Professor contains two essential elements for laughter - Fred MacMurray and Flubber, his gravity-defying formula for flying rubber!

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk, Leon Ames, Elliott Reid, Edward Andrews, David Lewis, Jack Mullaney, Belle Montrose ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1961-03-16
6.

The Errand Boy

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

Paramutual Pictures wants to know where all the money is going so they hire Morty to be their spy. Morty works for Mr. Sneak and gets a job in the mail room so that he can have access to the lot. But all that Morty ever finds is that he can cause havoc no matter what he does.

Starring: Jerry Lewis, Brian Donlevy, Howard McNear, Dick Wesson, Kathleen Freeman, Quinn O'Hara, Robert Ivers, Pat Dahl, Renée Taylor, Rita Hayes ..
Directed by: Jerry Lewis
Release date: 1961-11-28
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Hand in Hand
7.

Hand in Hand

3.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Seven-year-olds Michael and Rachel are best friends who do everything together and who have vowed to remain friends "forever and ever and can't be parted for never and never." Unfortunately, the society that Michael and Rachel live in is one of religious intolerance. The fact that Michael is Irish Catholic and Rachel is Jewish is a point of conflict for just about everyone in the community. When the two young children are made aware of their ideological differences, it begins to tear apart their friendship, and they decide to test whose God is stronger. What they discover is that at the core, their religions really aren't that different from one another: both worship a God of love, not vengeance.

Starring: Philip Needs, Loretta Parry, Kathleen Byron, Finlay Currie, Arnold Diamond, John Gregson, Sybil Thorndike, Derek Sydney, Denis Gilmore ..
Directed by: Philip Leacock
Release date: 1961-02-06
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Zip 'n Snort
8.

Zip 'n Snort

3.1
7.6/10 IMDB

Wile E. Coyote tries to catch the Road Runner using a sling shot, a grenade in a toy airplane whose propeller detaches and leaves the plane behind.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Paul Julian ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1961-01-21
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Nikki, Wild Dog of the North
9.

Nikki, Wild Dog of the North

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

A family film about Nikki, a half-wolf, half-dog raised in the Yukon during the gold rush era. After being separated from her master, Nikki must fend for herself amidst bears, the harsh Yukon weather, and a trapper who wants her skin.

Starring: Jean Couto, Émile Genest, Uriel Luft, Robert Rivard, Jacques Fauteux ..
Directed by: Jack Couffer
Release date: 1961-07-12
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Compressed Hare
10.

Compressed Hare

2.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Bugs battles Wile E. Coyote. A ten trillion volt electric magnet draws everything imaginable.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble
Release date: 1961-07-28

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