Best Family Movies of 1961


One Hundred and One Dalmatians

7.3/10 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. In a Disney animation classic, Dalmatian Pongo is tired of his bachelor-dog life. He spies lovely Perdita and maneuvers his master, Roger, into meeting Perdita's owner, Anita. The owners fall in love and marry, keeping Pongo and Perdita together too. After Perdita gives birth to a litter of 15 puppies, Anita's old school friend Cruella De Vil wants to buy them all. Roger declines her offer, so Cruella hires the criminal Badun brothers to steal them -- so she can have a fur coat.

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

One, Two, Three

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

The Parent Trap

7.2/10 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

Mysterious Island

6.7/10 IMDB

During the US Civil War, Union POWs escape in a balloon and end up stranded on a South Pacific island, inhabited by giant plants and animals. They must use their ingenuity to survive the dangers, and to devise a way to return home. Sequel to '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' .

Starring: Michael Craig, Gary Merrill, Michael Callan, Beth Rogan, Joan Greenwood, Percy Herbert, Dan Jackson, Herbert Lom, Harry Monty ..
Directed by: Cy Endfield
Release date: 1961-12-19
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog

Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog

7.2/10 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, Joan Juliet Buck ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1961-07-17

The Errand Boy

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

Babes in Toyland

6.1/10 IMDB

All roads lead to magical, merry Toyland as Mary Contrary and Tom Piper prepare for their wedding! But villainous Barnaby wants Mary for himself, so he kidnaps Tom, setting off a series of comic chases, searches, and double-crosses! The "March Of The Wooden Soldiers" helps put Barnaby in his place, and ensures a "happily ever after" for Tom and Mary!

Starring: Annette Funicello, Ray Bolger, Tommy Sands, Ed Wynn, Bess Flowers, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Henry Calvin, Gene Sheldon, Ann Jillian ..
Directed by: Jack Donohue, Austen Jewell
Release date: 1961-12-14

Hand in Hand

7.4/10 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.

Starring: Philip Needs, Loretta Parry, Kathleen Byron, Finlay Currie, Arnold Diamond, John Gregson, Sybil Thorndike, Derek Sydney, Denis Gilmore, Miriam Karlin ..
Directed by: Philip Leacock
Release date: 1961-02-06
Best Family Movies of 1961 : The Abominable Snow Rabbit

The Abominable Snow Rabbit

7.5/10 IMDB

Bugs and Daffy get lost on the way to Palm Springs and end up in the Himalayas, where they meet an Abominable Snowman who has always wanted a rabbit for a pet.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble
Release date: 1961-05-20
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Zip 'n Snort

Zip 'n Snort

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 : Compressed Hare

Compressed Hare

7.5/10 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: 1961-07-29

Snow White and the Three Stooges

5.2/10 IMDB

Once upon a time, in the kingdom of Fortunia, a noble king and his lovely young queen lack but one blessing to make their joy complete. The queen gives birth to a daughter named Snow White, but dies soon after. The king mourns her, but in time, he remarries because of the pleading of his people. His new queen is a beautiful, but evil woman who soon becomes jealous of Snow White's beauty.

Starring: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Edson Stroll, Carol Heiss, Patricia Medina, Guy Rolfe, Michael David Lally, Buddy Baer, Edgar Barrier ..
Directed by: Walter Lang, Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1961-12-24
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Birds of a Father

Birds of a Father

6.9/10 IMDB

Sylvester Cat discovers that his son, Junior, has a new best friend - a bird named Spike. Aghast, Sylvester decides to teach his son the facts of feline life and goes with him on a bird hunt, which, as usual, isn't Sylvester's forte. He is hit with a badminton racket after he mistakenly shoots a badminton birdie and then is blown up when he sends a model plane after Spike and is himself shot at by the out-of-control plane and forced to take refuge in an explosives store shed, with the plane slipping in behind him and firing at the TNT.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1961-04-01
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Strangled Eggs

Strangled Eggs

6.6/10 IMDB

Foghorn Leghorn courts Miss Prissy when a foundling is left on her doorstep. It is Henery the Chicken Hawk.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Julie Bennett ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1961-03-18
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Nikki, Wild Dog of the North

Nikki, Wild Dog of the North

6.7/10 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, Nikki ..
Directed by: Jack Couffer
Release date: 1961-07-12

A Majority of One

6.8/10 IMDB

A gentle love story about a Japanese businessman and widower, and a Brooklyn widow. But before a happy ending can ensue, they must learn again the lessons of tolerance, kindness and forgiveness.

Starring: Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, Ray Danton, Madlyn Rhue, Mae Questel, Marc Marno, Gary Vinson, Sharon Hugueny, Frank Wilcox ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1961-12-27
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Cannery Woe

Cannery Woe

6.5/10 IMDB

Speedy Gonzales helps provide cheese for the mayor's reelection campaign (and two hungry friends) by swiping it from the store guarded by Sylvester.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Tom Holland ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1961-01-07
Best Family Movies of 1961 : The Mouse on 57th Street

The Mouse on 57th Street

6.6/10 IMDB

An inebriated mouse with a throbbing head takes a priceless diamond, thinking it's a soothing piece of ice. Two policemen, one of them a lunkhead, are assigned to recover the missing jewel.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Julie Bennett ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1961-02-25
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Hoppy Daze

Hoppy Daze

6.3/10 IMDB

A pudgy but tough-guy cat recruits Sylvester as his stooge to catch a mouse for his dinner, under the pretense of training Sylvester to be a champion mouser. Sylvester enters a warehouse and runs into the baby kangaroo, Hippety Hopper, and thinks, as usual, that Hippety is a giant mouse that must be fought.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1961-02-11

The Second Time Around

6.4/10 IMDB

In 1911, a widow with two children leaves New York City for territorial Arizona and becomes a ranch hand and later gets herself elected sheriff. A gambler and a rancher become rivals for her affections.

Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Steve Forrest, Andy Griffith, Juliet Prowse, Thelma Ritter, Ken Scott, Isobel Elsom, Rodolfo Acosta, Timothy Carey, Tom Greenway ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1961-12-22
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Hunted in Holland

Hunted in Holland

6.2/10 IMDB

English schoolboy and his Dutch pen friend chase a diamond smuggling gang in Holland.

Starring: Sean Scully, Jacques Verbrugge, Sandra Spurr, Walter Randall, Thom Kelling, Riek Schagen, Paul Ostra, Sacco van der Made, Jean Lemaire, John Soer ..
Directed by: Derek Williams, David Bracknell
Release date: 1961-05-01
Best Family Movies of 1961 : D' Fightin' Ones

D' Fightin' Ones

6.9/10 IMDB

Sylvester Cat and a scrawny bulldog escape from a truck headed for the city animal pound and make like convicts on the lam.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1961-04-22
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Misty


6.4/10 IMDB

Every year the Chincoteague fire department rounds up the wild ponies of Assateague Island and holds an auction to thin out the herd. The young children set out to raise enough money in hopes that the Phantom will be caught in this years round up. They soon realize they will get more than they bargained for when the Phantom has a surprise for everyone: a foal named Misty.

Starring: David Ladd, Arthur O'Connell, Pam Smith, Anne Seymour ..
Directed by: James B. Clark
Release date: 1961-06-04
Best Family Movies of 1961 : It's Greek to Me-ow!

It's Greek to Me-ow!

4.7/10 IMDB

This cartoon opens with a narrator introducing the ancient Greek Acropolis, describing its wealth and beautiful architecture. Tom is depicted as one of these inhabitants, an alley cat who lives in the shadows of Athens searching for food.

Starring: Allen Swift ..
Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1961-12-06
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Switchin' Kitten

Switchin' Kitten

5.1/10 IMDB

Tom becomes fearless when he feels like going into the eerie castle.

Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1961-09-07
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Phantom of the Horse Opera

Phantom of the Horse Opera

5.7/10 IMDB

In the ghost town of Spooksville, Arizona, Woody Woodpecker tangles with an outlaw who disguises himself as a ghost to scare Woody away.

Starring: Grace Stafford ..
Directed by: Paul J. Smith
Release date: 1961-09-25
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Boy Who Caught a Crook

Boy Who Caught a Crook

5.5/10 IMDB

The Boy Who Caught a Crook is a 1961 childrens film about a young boy who tracks down a gangster.

Starring: Wanda Hendrix, Don Beddoe, Roger Mobley, Richard Crane ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1961-10-01
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Dondi


3.5/10 IMDB

World War II GIs adopt an Italian war orphan.

Starring: David Janssen, Patti Page, Walter Winchell, Mickey Shaughnessy, Robert Strauss, Arnold Stang, Louis Quinn, Gale Gordon, Dick Patterson, David Kory ..
Directed by: Albert Zugsmith
Release date: 1961-03-26
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Christmas Fairy Tale

Christmas Fairy Tale

6.1/10 IMDB

A little girl imagines that the nursery rhyme characters in her book have come to life, and sees the story of "The Littlest Snowman" as well.

Starring: Bob Leonard ..
Directed by: Jean Downing
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1961 : The Last Rhino

The Last Rhino

7.8/10 IMDB

Wildlife adventure in an African game reserve.

Starring: David Ellis, Susan Millar-Smith, Tom Samuels, Tony Blane ..
Directed by: Henry Geddes
Release date: 1961-10-01

Weight for Me

6.5/10 IMDB

After six months at sea, Popeye and Brutus see that Olive has become overweight after eating too much out of feeling lonely. Popeye wants to help her get thinner while Brutus says she is fine like that. The sailor's attempts to make her exercise are thwarted by his rival each time, ending with both Olive and Popeye trapped in the exercise machines the latter had bought. But eating spinach turns the tables and allows Popeye to trim down his beloved's pounds by using his forearms as a reducing machine. Brutus then decides to follow their example.

Starring: Jason Beck, Jack Mercer, Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Tomboy and the Champ

Tomboy and the Champ

6.1/10 IMDB

A young Texas cowgirl raises a prize-winning calf, whose presence helps her recover from polio.

Starring: Candy Moore, Ben Johnson, Jesse White, Jess Kirkpatrick, Christine Smith, Rex Allen, Casey Tibbs, Jerry Naill ..
Directed by: Francis D. Lyon
Release date: 1961-04-01

Bungala Boys

0.0/10 IMDB

When a child nearly drowns his friends decide to start a local lifesaving and surf rescue club.

Starring: Peter Couldwell, Alan Dearth, Terry Bentley, Julie Youatt, Ross Vidal, Geoffrey Parsons, Jon Dennis, Max Osbiston, Leonard Teale, Pat Twohill ..
Directed by: Jim Jeffrey
Release date: 1961-12-01

The Missing Note

0.0/10 IMDB

Three children track their lost piano with one note missing through London.

Starring: Heather Bennett, Hennie Scott, John Moulder-Brown, Toke Townley ..
Directed by: Michael Brandt
Release date: 1961-04-01
Best Family Movies of 1961 : Flash, The Teenage Otter

Flash, The Teenage Otter

0.0/10 IMDB

Created for Walt Disney Presents television series then expanded by popular demand into a full feature, Flash, the Teenage Otter follows one of Disney’s most beloved animal stars as he strikes out from his home at a Wisconsin wildlife sanctuary to see the wider world with all of its wonders and perils.

Starring: Walt Disney, Winston Hibler ..
Directed by: Hank Schloss
Release date: 1961-01-01

The Absent-Minded Professor

6.7/10 IMDB

Bumbling professor Ned Brainard accidentally invents flying rubber, or "Flubber", an incredible material that gains energy every time it strikes a hard surface. It allows for the invention of shoes that can allow jumps of amazing heights and enables a modified Model-T to fly. Unfortunately, no one is interested in the material except for Alonzo Hawk, a corrupt businessman who wants to steal the material for himself.

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

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