Best Family Movies of 1962


The Music Man

7.8/10 IMDB

A con man comes to an Iowa town with a scam using a boy's marching band program, but things don't go according to plan.

Starring: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Ron Howard, Hermione Gingold, Paul Ford, Pert Kelton, Timmy Everett, Susan Luckey, Peggy Mondo ..
Directed by: Morton DaCosta
Release date: 1962-06-19
Best Family Movies of 1962 : Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol

Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol

7.6/10 IMDB

In this animated musical version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", Ebenezer Scrooge - via Mr. Magoo's starring performance in a stage production of the classic - doesn't have a ghost of a chance unless he learns the true meaning of Christmas from the three spirits who haunt him one Christmas Eve.

Starring: Jim Backus, Morey Amsterdam, Jack Cassidy, Royal Dano, Paul Frees, Joan Gardner, Jane Kean, Marie Matthews, Laura Olsher, Les Tremayne ..
Directed by: Abe Levitow
Release date: 1962-12-18

Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

6.8/10 IMDB

Banker Roger Hobbs wants to spend his vacation alone with his wife, Peggy, but she insists on a family vacation at a California beach house that turns out to be ugly and broken down. Daughter Katey, embarrassed by her braces, refuses to go to the beach, as does TV-addicted son Danny. When the family is joined by Hobbs' two unhappily married daughters and their husbands, he must help everyone with their problems to get some peace.

Starring: James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Fabian, Lauri Peters, Lili Gentle, John Saxon, Marie Wilson, John McGiver, Reginald Gardiner, Valerie Varda ..
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1962-06-15

Gay Purr-ee

6.6/10 IMDB

Mewsette is a starry-eyed cat who grows weary of life on a French farm and heads for the excitement of 1890s Paris. Her tomcat suitor, Jaune-Tom, and his furry cohort, Robespierre, chase after Mewsette, but she's already fallen under the spell of a feline modeling-school racket run by Madame Rubens-Chatte and her slimy assistant, Meowrice.

Starring: Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Red Buttons, Paul Frees, Mel Blanc, Hermione Gingold, Morey Amsterdam, Joan Gardner, Julie Bennett ..
Directed by: Abe Levitow, William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1962-10-24

In Search of the Castaways

6.5/10 IMDB

Two teenagers, Mary (Hayley Mills) and Robert (Keith Hamshere) are lead by Professor Paganel (Maurice Chevalier) on a search expedition for the children's shipwrecked sea captain father. This Disney film was based upon Jules Verne's 1868 adventure novel Captain Grant's Children.

Starring: Maurice Chevalier, Hayley Mills, George Sanders, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Michael Anderson Jr., Antonio Cifariello, Wilfrid Brambell, Jack Gwillim, Ronald Fraser, Norman Bird ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1962-12-01

Jack the Giant Killer

6.3/10 IMDB

The terrible and trecherous Pendragon plans to gain the throne of Cornwall by getting the king to abdicate and to marry his lovely daughter. To help him he has his dreadful witches in his castle and his almost unstoppable sorcery. A giant under his control abducts the princess, but on the way home with her the giant meets farming lad Jack who slays him. This is only the beginning.

Starring: Kerwin Mathews, Judi Meredith, Torin Thatcher, Walter Burke, Don Beddoe, Barry Kelley, Dayton Lummis, Anna Lee, Roger Mobley, Robert Gist ..
Directed by: Nathan H. Juran
Release date: 1962-05-18

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm

6.4/10 IMDB

The Grimm brothers Wilhelm and Jacob, known for their literary works in the nineteenth century, have their lives dramatized. Wilhelm fights to write something entertaining amongst the sea of dry, non-fiction books they write and he sets about collecting oral-tradition fairy tales to put into print. Their life story is countered with reenactments of three of their stories including "The Dancing Princess," "The Cobbler and the Elves" and "The Singing Bone."

Starring: Laurence Harvey, Karlheinz Böhm, Claire Bloom, Walter Slezak, Barbara Eden, Oskar Homolka, Arnold Stang, Martita Hunt, Ian Wolfe, Walter Rilla ..
Directed by: George Pal, Henry Levin
Release date: 1962-08-07
Best Family Movies of 1962 : Escapade in Florence

Escapade in Florence

6.8/10 IMDB

American students, Tommy and Annette, find themselves in a heap of trouble when they accidentally discover an art forgery ring in Florence, Italy.

Starring: Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Nino Castelnuovo, Clelia Matania, Carlo Rizzo, Ivan Desny, Venantino Venantini, Ivan Triesault, Odoardo Spadaro, Renzo Palmer ..
Directed by: Steve Previn
Release date: 1962-03-05
Best Family Movies of 1962 : Five Weeks in a Balloon

Five Weeks in a Balloon

5.7/10 IMDB

Professor Fergusson plans to make aviation history by making his way across Africa by balloon. He plans to claim uncharted territories in West Africa as proof of his inventions worth.

Starring: Red Buttons, Barbara Eden, Cedric Hardman, Peter Lorre, Richard Haydn, BarBara Luna, Fabian, Billy Gilbert, Herbert Marshall, Reginald Owen ..
Directed by: Irwin Allen
Release date: 1962-08-22

Almost Angels

6.4/10 IMDB

Supported avidly by his mother and more reluctantly at first by his father, a working-class Austrian boy joins the Vienna Choirboys, where he proves to be unusually talented.

Starring: Vincent Winter, Peter Weck, Hans Holt, Bruni Löbel, Fritz Eckhardt, Gunther Philipp, Walter Regelsberger, Sean Scully, Denis Gilmore, Hennie Scott ..
Directed by: Steve Previn
Release date: 1962-11-15

Sammy, the Way-Out Seal

6.2/10 IMDB

Two young brothers secretly bring home a seal from their summer vacation and try to hide it from Mom and Dad. Havoc ensues as Sammy's antics disrupt the quiet town of Gatesville and its unsuspecting residents.

Starring: Jack Carson, Robert Culp, Patricia Barry, Elisabeth Fraser, Bill Mumy, Ann Jillian, Michael McGreevey, Renie Riano, Mary Mitchel, Claude Stroud ..
Directed by: Norman Tokar
Release date: 1962-10-28
Best Family Movies of 1962 : The Horse Without a Head

The Horse Without a Head

6.8/10 IMDB

When a kindly junk dealer gives a group of poor French children a headless toy horse, the kids dub themselves "The Knights Of The Headless Horse." The broken toy becomes their only source of fun, but suddenly the horse becomes the pawn in another game -- a deadly race against time between a ruthless gang of train robbers and the town's honest police inspector.

Starring: Jean-Pierre Aumont, Herbert Lom, Vincent Winter, Pamela Franklin, Leo McKern, Lee Montague, Denis Gilmore, Sean Keir, Loretta Parry, Michael Gwynn ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1962-12-31

The Legend of Lobo

6.7/10 IMDB

You'll be captivated as you track the legendary Lobo through an amazing Southwest adventure. Our story begins with Lobo as an adorable wolf cub and follows his growth into a fearless and majestic leader of the pack. At odds with the local cattlemen, the price on Lobo's head grows, attracting an expert wolf hunter. As they go head to head, Lobo's amazing survival instincts and family devotion leave the hunter with nothing but respect. With the rich narration of Rex Allen, and music from the legendary Sherman Brothers and the popular Sons Of The Pioneers, this is family entertainment at its best!

Starring: Rex Allen ..
Directed by: James Algar, Jack Couffer
Release date: 1962-11-07
Best Family Movies of 1962 : Shishkabugs


6.9/10 IMDB

A spoiled-rotten monarch orders royal chef Yosemite Sam to make "Hasenpfeffer", the basic ingredient of which is rabbit. When Bugs comes to the door asking to borrow some carrots, Sam decides to cook him!

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1962-12-08
Best Family Movies of 1962 : Bill of Hare

Bill of Hare

6.8/10 IMDB

The Tasmanian Devil finds Bugs cooking dinner underneath a beach boardwalk.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1962-06-09

Yogi's Birthday Party

7.1/10 IMDB

The sponsors enlist Ranger Smith to throw a surprise party for Yogi Bear. Good luck keeping it a surprise! Yogi can smell a birthday cake miles away.

Release date: 1962-01-06
Best Family Movies of 1962 : Mooncussers


7.7/10 IMDB

A young boy discovers the existence of a group called the Mooncussers - a gang of pirates that work at night and sends out false homing signals to ships at sea. The ships then crash on the shore, where they are looted by the gang.

Starring: Oskar Homolka, Kevin Corcoran, Robert Emhardt, Rian Garrick, Joan Freeman, Lee Aaker, Nesdon Booth, Paul E. Burns, Robert Burton, Ted Jacques ..
Directed by: James Neilson
Release date: 1962-12-02
Best Family Movies of 1962 : Mother Was a Rooster

Mother Was a Rooster

6.5/10 IMDB

Foghorn Leghorn is sound asleep when the barnyard dog places an ostrich egg beside him for a gag. When Foghorn awakes and sees the egg...

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1962-10-20
Best Family Movies of 1962 : Big Red

Big Red

6.3/10 IMDB

Wealthy sportsman James Haggin (Walter Pidgeon) lives on a Quebec estate called Wintapi. Émile Fornet (Émile Genest), handler of Haggin's hunting dogs, and Émile's wife Therese (Janette Bertrand), Haggin's cook and housekeeper, live in a separate house on the estate. To start a line of top show dogs, Haggin purchases the winner of the Montreal Kennel Club show, an Irish setter named Red.

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Gilles Payant, Émile Genest, Janette Bertrand, Georges Bouvier, Doris Lussier, Rolland Bédard, Teddy Burns Goulet ..
Directed by: Norman Tokar
Release date: 1962-06-06
Best Family Movies of 1962 : The Monster of Highgate Ponds

The Monster of Highgate Ponds

5.8/10 IMDB

The story of three children who find themselves with a friendly monster that grows at an alarming rate.

Starring: Rachel Clay, Michael Wade, Terry Raven, Ronald Howard, Beryl Cooke, Michael Balfour, Frederick Piper, Philip Latham, Roy Vincente, Michael Wade ..
Directed by: Alberto Cavalcanti
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1962 : Buddies Thicker Than Water

Buddies Thicker Than Water

5.6/10 IMDB

On a snowy night in the city, Jerry is comfortably asleep in his hole inside a penthouse, while Tom tries to keep from freezing to death in the alley below.

Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1962-11-01

The Magic Sword

4.8/10 IMDB

The son of a sorceress, armed with weapons, armour and six magically summoned knights, goes on a quest to save a princess from a vengeful wizard.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Estelle Winwood, Gary Lockwood, Anne Helm, Liam Sullivan, Danielle De Metz, Merritt Stone, Nick Bon Tempi, Paul Bon Tempi, Jack Kosslyn ..
Directed by: Bert I. Gordon
Release date: 1962-04-01
Best Family Movies of 1962 : Bon Voyage!

Bon Voyage!

5.7/10 IMDB

The Willards from Terre Haute, Indiana travels abroad for the once-in-a-lifetime vacation in Paris, France. Harry Willard believes that the greatest problem will be avoiding tap water, but bringing his three children will prove to be more troublesome

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Jane Wyman, Michael Callan, Deborah Walley, Jessie Royce Landis, Tommy Kirk, Georgette Anys, Kevin Corcoran, Ivan Desny, Françoise Prévost ..
Directed by: James Neilson
Release date: 1962-05-17
Best Family Movies of 1962 : Tall in the Trap

Tall in the Trap

5.1/10 IMDB

When Jerry rustles cheese from the Dry Gulch General Store, Sheriff Mutt Dillin hires Tom, the fastest trap in the West.

Starring: Allen Swift ..
Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1962-09-14
Best Family Movies of 1962 : Moon Pilot

Moon Pilot

5.4/10 IMDB

An Air Force captain inadvertently volunteers to make the first manned flight around the moon. He immediately falls under the watchful protection of various security agencies, but despite all their precautions, a young woman who may be an enemy spy succeeds in making contact with the captain. The captain eventually discovers that this woman is not an enemy but rather a friend from a very unusual source.

Starring: Tom Tryon, Brian Keith, Edmond O'Brien, Dany Saval, Bob Sweeney, Tommy Kirk, Kent Smith, Sarah Selby, Nancy Kulp, Bert Remsen ..
Directed by: James Neilson
Release date: 1962-04-05
Best Family Movies of 1962 : Carmen Get It!

Carmen Get It!

5.1/10 IMDB

Jerry runs into the Metropolitan Opera, trying to evade Tom.

Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1962-12-21
Best Family Movies of 1962 : Sorry Safari

Sorry Safari

4.3/10 IMDB

Tom joins his owner on a hunting safari in Kenya. Jerry has hidden himself in the Clint's luggage, and Tom quickly sees him and attempts to get rid of him.

Starring: Allen Swift ..
Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1962-10-12
Best Family Movies of 1962 : The Piper's Tune

The Piper's Tune

8.3/10 IMDB

A group of children fleeing Napoleon's armies attempt to protect a mountain escape route from being discovered by a pursuing French platoon.

Starring: Mavis Ranson, Roberta Tovey, Angela White, Malcolm Ranson, Brian Wills, Graham Wills, Delene Scott, Christopher Rhodes, Harold Siddons, Frederick Piper ..
Directed by: Muriel Box
Release date: 1962-02-03
Best Family Movies of 1962 : Tales of the Tinkerdee

Tales of the Tinkerdee

7.9/10 IMDB

This unaired pilot, produced by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl, was shot in Atlanta in the summer of 1962. The pilot featured Kermit the Frog, Taminella Grinderfall and King Goshposh, characters who would all reappear a few years later in the Tales From Muppetland TV specials.

Starring: Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl, Bob Payne, Jane Henson, Robin Reed, Walt Teas, Charlie Byrd ..
Directed by: Carl Degen
Release date: 1962-06-06
Best Family Movies of 1962 : About Time

About Time

8.1/10 IMDB

An entry in the Bell Science animated film series, on the nature of time.

Starring: Frank Baxter, Richard Deacon, Les Tremayne, Mel Blanc, Richard Feynman ..
Directed by: Owen Crump
Release date: 1962-02-05
Best Family Movies of 1962 : Drylanders


6.5/10 IMDB

The epic story of the opening of the Canadian West and the drought that brought the Depression in the thirties. This is the saga of a family who left eastern Canada to stake their future in the Prairies.

Starring: Frances Hyland, James B. Douglas, Lester Nixon, Mary Savidge, William Fruet, Don Francks, Ernest Huber, William Weintraub ..
Directed by: Don Haldane
Release date: 1962-01-01

10,000 boys

0.0/10 IMDB

Release date: 1962-03-24

Night Cargoes

0.0/10 IMDB

In the 19th century a group of children is mixed up in local smuggling thinking it is just an exciting game. But they find out how serious it is and help to round up the villains.

Starring: Ian Curry, Waveney Lee, Pauline Letts, Steve Marriott ..
Directed by: Ernest Morris
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1962 : The Mooncussers

The Mooncussers

0.0/10 IMDB

A young boy discovers the existence of a group called the Mooncussers - a gang of pirates that work at night and sends out false homing signals to ships at sea; the ships then crash on the shore, where they are looted by the gang.

Starring: Oskar Homolka, Kevin Corcoran, Robert Emhardt, Rian Garrick, Joan Freeman, Lee Aaker, Paul E. Burns, Robert Burton, Walt Disney, Ted Jacques ..
Directed by: James Neilson
Release date: 1962-12-02

The Royal Society

0.0/10 IMDB

A Taiwanese opera (koa-á-hì) tiayupian by Lee Hsing

Directed by: Lee Hsing
Release date: 1962-12-21

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