Best Family Movies of 1963


The Sword in the Stone

7.1/10 IMDB

Wart is a young boy who aspires to be a knight's squire. On a hunting trip he falls in on Merlin, a powerful but amnesiac wizard who has plans for him beyond mere squiredom. He starts by trying to give him an education, believing that once one has an education, one can go anywhere. Needless to say, it doesn't quite work out that way.

Starring: Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson, Junius Matthews, Norman Alden, Rickie Sorensen, Ginny Tyler, Martha Wentworth, Alan Napier, Richard Reitherman, Robert Reitherman ..
Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman
Release date: 1963-12-25

Jason and the Argonauts

7.3/10 IMDB

Jason, a fearless sailor and explorer, returns to his home land of Thessaly after a long voyage to claim his rightful throne. He learns, however, that he must first find the magical Golden Fleece. To do so, he must embark on an epic quest fraught with fantastic monsters and terrible perils.

Starring: Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond, Laurence Naismith, Niall MacGinnis, Michael Gwynn, Douglas Wilmer, Jack Gwillim, Honor Blackman, John Cairney ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1963-06-19

The Nutty Professor

6.6/10 IMDB

A timid, nearsighted chemistry teacher discovers a magical potion that can transform him into a suave and handsome Romeo. The Jekyll and Hyde game works well enough until the concoction starts to wear off at the most embarrassing times.

Starring: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Henry Gibson, Richard Kiel, Del Moore, Norman Alden, Howard Morris, Elvia Allman, Milton Frome, Doodles Weaver ..
Directed by: Jerry Lewis
Release date: 1963-06-04

The Three Lives of Thomasina

7.2/10 IMDB

Thomasina is the pet cat of Mary McDhui, the daughter of Scottish veterinarian Andrew McDhui. When Thomasina falls ill, McDhui declares that the pet should be put down. But when Mary and her father try to bury the cat, Lori MacGregor (Susan Hampshire), who is said to be a witch, shows up and attempts to steal it.

Starring: Patrick McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, Karen Dotrice, Laurence Naismith, Jean Anderson, Matthew Garber, Denis Gilmore, Vincent Winter, Finlay Currie, Elspeth March ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1963-12-11

The Incredible Journey

7.0/10 IMDB

The story of three pets, a cat and two dogs, who lose their owners when they are all on vacation. Can they find their way home?

Starring: Émile Genest, John Drainie, Sandra Scott, Jan Rubeš, Tommy Tweed, Syme Jago, Marion Finlayson, Ronald Cohoon, Robert Christie, Beth Lockerbie ..
Directed by: Fletcher Markle
Release date: 1963-11-20

Summer Magic

6.9/10 IMDB

Disney musical about Mother Carey, a Bostonian widow and her three children who move to Maine. Postmaster Osh Popham helps them move into a run-down old house and fixes it up for them. It's not entirely uninhabited, though; the owner, a Mr. Hamilton, is a mysterious character away in Europe, but Osh assures them he won't mind their living there, since he won't be coming home for a long time yet. The children and a cousin who comes to live with them have various adventures before an unexpected visitor shows up

Starring: Hayley Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Burl Ives, Deborah Walley, Eddie Hodges, Una Merkel, James Mathers, Peter Brown, Wendy Turner, James Stacy ..
Directed by: James Neilson
Release date: 1963-07-07

The Courtship of Eddie's Father

6.8/10 IMDB

Although he's only seven, Eddie's got it all figured out. He wants his father, a widower, to get remarried — to the girl next door. Unfortunately, she's not one of the women that his dad's been dating.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Shirley Jones, Stella Stevens, Ron Howard, Dina Merrill, Roberta Sherwood, Jerry Van Dyke, Lee Meriwether, Vito Scotti, Gene Roth ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1963-03-27
Best Family Movies of 1963 : Cornet at Night

Cornet at Night

7.9/10 IMDB

Based on a short story by Sinclair Ross, this short film recalls rural life on the Prairies in the 1930s. In the film a farmer's young son, sent to town to hire a man for the harvest, readily accepts when an itinerant trumpet player, down on his luck, begs a chance. He is hardly the kind of man the boy's father had in mind, but that night his trumpet speaks from the shadows and everyone pauses to listen.

Directed by: Stanley Jackson
Release date: 1963-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1963 : The Doughnuts

The Doughnuts

7.8/10 IMDB

A dramatized episode from Robert McCloskey's book "Homer Price." Shows Homer's resourcefulness in managing the dilemma created by a doughnut machine with a mind of its own.

Starring: Michael Burnham Jr., Robert Landsman, James Warner, Beth Sanford, Eleanor Chapin, Richard Forsyth, William Maeck, Cecilia Cavalier, Owen Jordan ..
Directed by: Edward English, Beth Sanford
Release date: 1963-01-01


6.1/10 IMDB

Many kids might say their best friend is a puppy or a pony. But for 12-year-old Sandy, the most special pet of all is the exuberant dolphin he rescues and who returns the favor by rescuing Sandy from sharks.

Starring: Chuck Connors, Luke Halpin, Connie Scott, Jane Rose, Joe Higgins, Robertson White, George Applewhite, Kathleen Maguire ..
Directed by: James B. Clark
Release date: 1963-08-14

Son of Flubber

6.0/10 IMDB

Beleaguered professor Ned Brainard has already run into a pile of misfortunes with his discovery of the super-elastic substance "Flubber." Now he hopes to have better luck with a gravity-busting derivative he's dubbed "Flubbergas." Ned's experiments, constantly hampered by government obstruction, earn the consternation of his wife, Betsy. But a game-winning modification to a football uniform may help Ned make the case for his fantastic new invention.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn, Paul Lynde, Nancy Olson, Arthur Tovey, Tommy Kirk, Ed Wynn, Charles Ruggles, Leon Ames, Ken Murray ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1963-01-16
Best Family Movies of 1963 : Yellowstone Cubs

Yellowstone Cubs

6.8/10 IMDB

Two bear cubs, Tuffy and Tubby, are separated from their mother and spend an entire summer romping through Yellowstone National Park. In the meantime, the mother bear follows their trail as she searches for them.

Starring: Rex Allen ..
Directed by: Charles L Draper
Release date: 1963-06-01
Best Family Movies of 1963 : Mad as a Mars Hare

Mad as a Mars Hare

7.3/10 IMDB

Marvin the Martian is monitoring through his telescope a rocket launch on Earth. The rocket heads straight for him and lands on Mars. The only occupant is Bugs Bunny, lured into Cape Canaveral by a carrot and sent to Mars as an expendable "astro-rabbit". Bugs is to claim Mars in the name of the Earth, but Marvin won't allow an Earth creature to contaminate his atmosphere. He trains a time-projector gun on Bugs and reverts the bunny to a Neanderthal Rabbit, who crushes Marvin with one hand.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble
Release date: 1963-10-19

Savage Sam

6.0/10 IMDB

Travis, Arliss, and Lisbeth are captured by Apaches while Old Yeller's son, Sam, tracks their trail.

Starring: Brian Keith, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Dewey Martin, Jeff York, Marta Kristen, Rafael Campos, Rodolfo Acosta, Pat Hogan, Dean Fredericks ..
Directed by: Norman Tokar
Release date: 1963-06-01

Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow

7.3/10 IMDB

English vicar Dr. Syn becomes a scarecrow on horseback by night to thwart King George III's taxmen.

Starring: Patrick McGoohan, George Cole, Tony Britton, Michael Hordern, Geoffrey Keen, Kay Walsh, Eric Pohlmann, Patrick Wymark, Alan Dobie, Sean Scully ..
Directed by: James Neilson
Release date: 1963-12-06
Best Family Movies of 1963 : The Unmentionables

The Unmentionables

7.2/10 IMDB

In a spoof of TV's "Untouchables" Rocky and Mugsy chase "Elegant Ness" (Bugs) through the ACME cereal company.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Ralph James, Julie Bennett ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1963-09-07
Best Family Movies of 1963 : The Million Hare

The Million Hare

6.9/10 IMDB

Bugs races Daffy to get to the TV station first and win the prize on the "Beat Your Buddy" show.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1963-04-06
Best Family Movies of 1963 : Fast Buck Duck

Fast Buck Duck

6.8/10 IMDB

Daffy Duck reads in the local newspaper that a millionaire seeks a loyal, entertaining, and trustworthy boon companion.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson, Ted Bonnicksen
Release date: 1963-03-09
Best Family Movies of 1963 : Captain Sindbad

Captain Sindbad

5.4/10 IMDB

After completing his voyages Sindbad the Sailor and his hearty crew have come home to find a palace coup d'etat has occurred and his home city is being run by a brutal dictator played by Pedro Armendariz. He's got designs on the beautiful young princess, Heidi Bruhl both lustful and political.

Starring: Guy Williams, Heidi Brühl, Pedro Armendáriz, Abraham Sofaer, Bernie Hamilton, Helmuth Schneider, Margaret Jahnen, Rolf Wanka ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1963-04-12
Best Family Movies of 1963 : Hare-Breadth Hurry

Hare-Breadth Hurry

7.1/10 IMDB

When Bugs takes Wile E. Coyote's place in a cartoon, the Bugs/Coyote roles and rules become confused.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Paul Julian ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble
Release date: 1963-06-08
Best Family Movies of 1963 : Wings of Mystery

Wings of Mystery

6.6/10 IMDB

Sheffield, England: someone in the steelworks is selling details of a new alloy to a foreign agent. The children lead to his capture with the help of a prize pigeon.

Starring: Judy Geeson, Hennie Scott, Patrick Jordan, Arnold Ridley ..
Directed by: Gilbert Gunn
Release date: 1963-04-01
Best Family Movies of 1963 : Miracle of the White Stallions

Miracle of the White Stallions

6.5/10 IMDB

In WWII Austria, Col. Alois Podhajsky must protect his beloved Lipizzaner stallions and make sure that they are surrendered into the right hands. But Patton's something of a horse fancier and can help...if he sees the stallions perform.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Lilli Palmer, Curd Jürgens, Eddie Albert, James Franciscus, John Larch, Brigitte Horney, Charles Regnier, Fritz Wepper, Erik Schumann ..
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Release date: 1963-03-29
Best Family Movies of 1963 : Devil's Feud Cake

Devil's Feud Cake

6.6/10 IMDB

Another in a series of Warner's economy cartoons featuring clips from previous Bugs Bunny-Yosemite Sam cartoons. After Sam is killed in each pursuit, he meets with the devil, who goads him into continuing to chase the bunny. Eventually, Sam balks and, donning a devil's outfit, tells the devil, "If you want him, you can get him yourself! I'm staying!"

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1963-02-09

The Wahoo Bobcat

8.2/10 IMDB

A bobcat returns to it's area of origin after a seven year absence. He is befriended by a elderly man who used to be the top bobcat hunter around. His new pal tries to protect him but a case of mistaken identity puts Wahoo's life in jeopardy.

Starring: Bill Dunnagan, Jock MacGregor ..
Directed by: Hank Schloss
Release date: 1963-10-20
Best Family Movies of 1963 : Funny Side of Life

Funny Side of Life

6.8/10 IMDB

A compilation of clips selected by Harold Lloyd that highlight his career.

Starring: Harold Lloyd ..
Directed by: Harry Kerwin
Release date: 1963-08-01
Best Family Movies of 1963 : Three Wise Boys

Three Wise Boys

4.8/10 IMDB

It's almost Christmas and three boys are discussing various aspects of the big day, such as Santa Claus and the positioning of the figures in the manger scene beneath the tree, all in typical children's fashion. The next day, still excited by Christmas they go into town with their parents hoping to catch a glimpses of Santa in the store. Their parents tell them that Christmas isn't just about presents but also the birth of Jesus, but the boys are too excited about Santa.

Directed by: Edward Dew
Release date: 1963-12-01
Best Family Movies of 1963 : Uncle Jim's Dairy Farm

Uncle Jim's Dairy Farm

2.8/10 IMDB

Two city kids spend a summer on Uncle Jim's dairy farm. They tend to the animals, climb a rope, and learn all kinds of fun farm facts

Release date: 1963-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1963 : A Visit to Santa

A Visit to Santa

2.7/10 IMDB

One of the cheapest Santa films ever produced. Shot in Pittsburgh, with blurry home movie footage of Santa parades (on one float he sticks out of a giant chimney, on another he stands in the cockpit of a rocket ship). Santa sits in a vinylite Laz-E-Boy as he orders his elves (kids dressed in leotards) around. Features a trip to a department store and endless footage of a large toy train setup. (

Release date: 1963-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1963 : Adventures in Space with Scott McCloud

Adventures in Space with Scott McCloud

0.0/10 IMDB

The adventures of law enforcer Scott McCloud, the one-man Marine Corps for the Earth Bureau of Investigation. Working in utmost secrecy, Scott McCloud takes assignments involving the security of our solar system. The video contains three segments: "Power Failure," "The Went Thatta Way" and "Scratch One Chimp."

Starring: Ned Lefebver, Hal Smith, Margaret Kerry ..
Release date: 1963-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1963 : Gilbert 1963

Gilbert 1963

0.0/10 IMDB

A promotional film about the latest releases from Gilbert Toy Company in 1963, including remote controlled planes, Erector Sets, toy race cars, electric trains, kitchen play sets and "Tuggy Turtle."

Release date: 1963-01-01
Best Family Movies of 1963 : The Flood

The Flood

0.0/10 IMDB

Eight youngsters are cut off by the East Anglian floods in a farmhouse with no grown-ups to help them. The story tells how they deal with the situation until they are rescued.

Starring: Waveney Lee, Ian Ellis, Christopher Ellis, Leslie Hart, Frank Knight, Liz Gold, Jonathan Bergman, Edward Martin, Richard Leech, Daphne Anderson ..
Directed by: Frederick Goode
Release date: 1963-01-01

The Young Detectives

0.0/10 IMDB

Adventure of stolen jewels and the kidnapping of a little boy who saw the robbery. Serial in 8 episodes.

Starring: Neil McCarthy, Jonathan Collins, Graham Ashley, Alexander Riley ..
Directed by: Gilbert Gunn, Denis Johnson Jr
Release date: 1963-01-01

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