Best Fantasy Movies of 1936


Thru the Mirror

7.5/10 IMDB

Mickey has been reading Alice in Wonderland, and falls asleep. He finds himself on the other side of the mirror, where the furniture is alive. He eats a walnut, which makes him briefly larger, then small. He dances around a lot, ultimately doing a major number with a deck of cards. He dances with the queen, making the king jealous. He comes after Mickey with swords, and Mickey defends himself with a sewing needle. Mickey gets the upper hand, and the king calls for reinforcements. Mickey finds himself chased by several decks, which throw their spots at him. He turns on a fan and blows them away, back through the mirror, where his alarm is ringing.

Starring: Walt Disney, Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, James MacDonald, Clarence Nash, Bill Thompson ..
Directed by: David Hand
Release date: 1936-05-30

Dracula's Daughter

6.3/10 IMDB

A countess from Transylvania seeks a psychiatrist’s help to cure her vampiric cravings.

Starring: Gloria Holden, Otto Kruger, Marguerite Churchill, Irving Pichel, Gilbert Emery, Hedda Hopper, Edward Van Sloan, Halliwell Hobbes, Billy Bevan, Edgar Norton ..
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Release date: 1936-05-11
Best Fantasy Movies of 1936 : Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor

Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor

7.3/10 IMDB

Two sailors Sindbad and Popeye decide to test themselves in order to prove their supremacy. Popeye is then presented with a series of daunting tasks by Sindbad.

Starring: Lou Fleischer, Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Gus Wickie ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky
Release date: 1936-11-27
Best Fantasy Movies of 1936 : The Man Who Could Work Miracles

The Man Who Could Work Miracles

7.0/10 IMDB

An ordinary man, while vigorously asserting the impossibility of miracles, suddenly discovers that he can perform them.

Starring: Roland Young, Ralph Richardson, Edward Chapman, Ernest Thesiger, Joan Gardner, Sophie Stewart, Robert Cochran, Lady Tree, Laurence Hanray, George Zucco ..
Directed by: Lothar Mendes
Release date: 1936-07-23

Love on the Run

6.0/10 IMDB

A runaway bride and an undercover reporter get caught up in political intrigue as they lead a merry chase across Europe and uncover a spy plot.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Reginald Owen, Mona Barrie, Ivan Lebedeff, Charles Judels, William Demarest, Donald Meek, George Davis ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1936-11-20


7.0/10 IMDB

A dark and stormy night in a drugstore. The druggist mixes a potion and falls asleep. The skull-and-crossbones on the bottle comes to life and drips the potion on the druggist.

Directed by: Hugh Harman
Release date: 1936-01-11
Best Fantasy Movies of 1936 : Somewhere in Dreamland

Somewhere in Dreamland

7.6/10 IMDB

A poor boy and girl in rags gather wood in the snow. They pass by a tailor, a butcher and a baker, all of whom pity the children. Later, they arrive home. Their poor mother sets before them the only food she can: Stale bread. The children get ready for bed; In their dreams, visions of ice cream and donuts, candies and cakes fill their sleeping minds-- Will they awake to the same sorry situation?

Starring: Mae Questel, Gus Wickie ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer, Seymour Kneitel
Release date: 1936-01-17
Best Fantasy Movies of 1936 : The Man in the Mirror

The Man in the Mirror

6.1/10 IMDB

A mild-mannered, somewhat mousy man is astounded when his reflection in a mirror comes to life and begins to do all the wild and crazy things that he always wanted to but never could.

Starring: Edward Everett Horton, Genevieve Tobin, Ursula Jeans, Garry Marsh, Alastair Sim, Aubrey Mather, Renee Gadd, Viola Compton, Stafford Hilliard, Felix Aylmer ..
Directed by: Maurice Elvey
Release date: 1936-10-15

Undersea Kingdom

4.6/10 IMDB

Crash Corrigan, a recent graduate of Annapolis, and Diana, a go-getting reporter, join Professor Norton for a search for the source of a string of earthquakes, Atlantis. They ride Prof. Norton's rocket submarine searching the sea and little Billy Norton, the professor's son stows away, of course. When they find Atlantis they are caught in a war between peaceful Atlanteans, note their white capes, and war-monging Atlanteans, note their black capes. After many harrowing moments for Crash, Diana, Prof. Norton and Billy, they barely get away with their lives when they escape a tower of Atlantis raised to the surface for the sole purpose of dominating or destroying the Earth (Which one depends on the compliance of the upper world dwellers.)

Starring: Ray Corrigan, Lois Wilde, Monte Blue, William Farnum, Lon Chaney Jr., Smiley Burnette, Boothe Howard, Raymond Hatton, C. Montague Shaw, Lee Van Atta ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane, B. Reeves Eason
Release date: 1936-05-30
Best Fantasy Movies of 1936 : Oz University

Oz University

0.0/10 IMDB

This two-strip Technicolor record of the 1936 freshman pageant, acted out entirely by women, begins with Dorothy escorting the Wizard to the throne, assisted by Ojo, whereupon he looks in the Magic Picture on the University of Michigan, and the typed students complaining about school. The Wizard decides to bring them all to Oz, transforming them into Oz celebrities: Tippetarius, the Scarecrow, Nick Chopper, Tik-Tok, Old Mombi, Jinjur, Scraps, The Shaggy Man, Betsy Bobbin, and Jack Pumpkinhead. After a party and registration, it's on to class with Professor Wogglebug. When Tip and Jack carry him out of the classroom, he subjects them to a blue book exam, after which they wish to return to the U of M. The equivalent characters are not played by the same people, so there transformation, their "true self" appears behind them in the early scenes.

Release date: 1936-06-02
Best Fantasy Movies of 1936 : Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue

5.6/10 IMDB

The Big Bad Wolf stalks Little Bo Peep and steals one of her sheep. She enlists Little Boy Blue and a dancing scarecrow to assist her and her mischievous black sheep in rescuing it. Singing, dancing, hilarity and impalement ensue.

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Sara Berner, Jack Mercer ..
Directed by: Ub Iwerks
Release date: 1936-07-30

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