Best Fantasy Movies of 1949


The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

6.9/10 IMDB

The Wind in the Willows: Concise version of Kenneth Grahame's story of the same name. J. Thaddeus Toad, owner of Toad Hall, is prone to fads, such as the newfangled motor car. This desire for the very latest lands him in much trouble with the wrong crowd, and it is up to his friends, Mole, Rat and Badger to save him from himself. - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Retelling of Washington Irving's story set in a tiny New England town. Ichabod Crane, the new schoolmaster, falls for the town beauty, Katrina Van Tassel, and the town Bully Brom Bones decides that he is a little too successful and needs "convincing" that Katrina is not for him.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, Eric Blore, J. Pat O'Malley, John McLeish, Colin Campbell, Campbell Grant, Claud Allister, The Rhythmaires, Oliver Wallace ..
Directed by: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney
Release date: 1949-10-05

Mighty Joe Young

7.0/10 IMDB

A young woman, Jill Young, grew up on her father's ranch in Africa, raising a large gorilla named Joe from an infant. Years later, she brings him to Hollywood to become a star.

Starring: Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Robert Armstrong, Frank McHugh, Douglas Fowley, Denis Greene, Paul Guilfoyle, Nestor Paiva, Regis Toomey, Lora Lee Michel ..
Directed by: Ernest B. Schoedsack
Release date: 1949-07-27

The Queen of Spades

7.2/10 IMDB

An elderly countess strikes a bargain with the devil and exchanges her soul for the ability to always win at cards. An army officer, who is also a fanatic about cards, murders her for the secret, then finds himself haunted by the woman's spirit.

Starring: Adolf Wohlbrück, Edith Evans, Yvonne Mitchell, Ronald Howard, Mary Jerrold, Anthony Dawson, Miles Malleson, Michael Medwin, Athene Seyler, Ivor Barnard ..
Directed by: Thorold Dickinson
Release date: 1949-03-16

Alias Nick Beal

7.1/10 IMDB

After straight-arrow district attorney Joseph Foster says in frustration that he would sell his soul to bring down a local mob boss, a smooth-talking stranger named Nick Beal shows up with enough evidence to seal a conviction. When that success leads Foster to run for governor, Beal's unearthly hold on him turns the previously honest man corrupt, much to the displeasure of his wife and his steadfast minister.

Starring: Ray Milland, Audrey Totter, Thomas Mitchell, George Macready, Fred Clark, Geraldine Wall, Henry O'Neill, Darryl Hickman, Nestor Paiva, King Donovan ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1949-03-04

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

6.5/10 IMDB

A bump on the head sends Hank Martin, 1912 mechanic, to Arthurian Britain, 528 A.D., where he is befriended by Sir Sagramore le Desirous and gains power by judicious use of technology. He and Alisande, the King's niece, fall in love at first sight, which draws unwelcome attention from her fiancée Sir Lancelot; but worse trouble befalls when Hank meddles in the kingdom's politics.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Cedric Hardwicke, William Bendix, Murvyn Vye, Virginia Field, Joseph Vitale, Henry Wilcoxon, Richard Webb, Alan Napier ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1949-04-18
Best Fantasy Movies of 1949 : The Loon's Necklace

The Loon's Necklace

7.9/10 IMDB

The Tsimshian legend of a blind old medicine man and the origin of the distinctive white pattern on the neck of the loon.

Starring: George Gorman ..
Directed by: F.R. Crawley
Release date: 1949-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1949 : Puce Moment

Puce Moment

6.2/10 IMDB

Puce Moment is a short 6 minute film by Kenneth Anger, author of the Hollywood Babylon books, filmed in 1949. Puce Moment resulted from the unfinished short film Puce Women. The film opens with a camera watching 1920s style flapper gowns being taken off a dress rack. The dresses are removed and danced off the rack to music. (The original soundtrack was Verdi opera music; in the 1960s, Anger re-released the film with a new psychedelic folk-rock soundtrack performed by Jonathan Halper.) A long-lashed woman, Yvonne Marquis, dresses in the purple puce gown and walks to her vanity to apply perfume. She lies on a chaise lounge which then begins to move around the room and eventually out to a patio. Borzois appear and she prepares to take them for a walk.

Starring: Yvonne Marquis ..
Directed by: Kenneth Anger
Release date: 1949-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1949 : On the Edge

On the Edge

5.9/10 IMDB

In this fragile yet frightening poetic fantasy set against a dark industrial landscape, a woman sits knitting on the porch of her home when a man appears and takes the knitting from her.

Starring: Isabel Harrington, Raymond S. Harrington ..
Directed by: Curtis Harrington
Release date: 1949-12-31
Best Fantasy Movies of 1949 : Helter Skelter

Helter Skelter

5.3/10 IMDB

A detective gets involved with a wealthy socialite who can't seem to stop hiccuping.

Starring: Carol Marsh, David Tomlinson, Mervyn Johns, Richard Hearne, Terry-Thomas, Jimmy Edwards, Peter Hammond, Jon Pertwee, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Peter Haddon ..
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Release date: 1949-01-07
Best Fantasy Movies of 1949 : Tarzan's Magic Fountain

Tarzan's Magic Fountain

5.9/10 IMDB

An expedition tries to enlist Tarzan's help in finding the secret Blue Valley, which legend says is the location of a miraculous fountain of youth.

Starring: Lex Barker, Brenda Joyce, Evelyn Ankers, Alan Napier, Albert Dekker, Charles Drake, Henry Brandon, Ted Hecht, Henry Kulky ..
Directed by: Lee Sholem
Release date: 1949-02-05
Best Fantasy Movies of 1949 : The Christmas Carol

The Christmas Carol

6.0/10 IMDB

A Christmas Carol was a 1949 syndicated, black and white television special narrated by Vincent Price.

Starring: Vincent Price, Taylor Holmes, Patrick Whyte, Nelson Leigh, Robert Hyatt, Jill St. John, Robert Clarke, Earl Lee, Queenie Leonard, Mike Miller ..
Directed by: Arthur Pierson
Release date: 1949-12-25
Best Fantasy Movies of 1949 : The Petrified Dog

The Petrified Dog

5.4/10 IMDB

"Chases within chases. A mother runs after a child. A man … seems to be pursuing himself. A woman who has been nibbling her lipstick through half of the film is pursued by a man. The pursuit of art is represented by a painter daubing at a landscape in an empty frame." –TDOTS Scrambled Alice in Wonderland with brutiste track. Pierre Schaeffer (musique concrete) threatened to sue. –UbuWeb

Starring: Marie Hirsh ..
Directed by: Sidney Peterson
Release date: 1949-02-11

Haunted Palace

4.4/10 IMDB

This short film documentary features Shaw Desmond, founder of the International Institute for Psychical Research. Shaw relates several famous British hauntings.

Starring: Shaw Desmond ..
Directed by: Richard Fisher
Release date: 1949-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1949 : Song of India

Song of India

6.0/10 IMDB

Jungle adventure drama about a young man and his wild animal friends attempting to thwart a government-approved hunting expedition.

Starring: Sabu, Gail Russell, Turhan Bey, Anthony Caruso, Fritz Leiber, Robert Barrat, Trevor Bardette ..
Directed by: Albert S. Rogell
Release date: 1949-02-28
Best Fantasy Movies of 1949 : Cuando los padres se quedan solos

Cuando los padres se quedan solos

7.5/10 IMDB

Mom and dad make sacrifices for the sake of their adult children. And then more sacrifices. And more.

Starring: Fernando Soler, Susana Guízar, Matilde Palou, Dalia Íñiguez, Gustavo Rojo, Tony Díaz, Beatriz Aguirre, Miguel Arenas, Patricia Morán, Felipe de Alba ..
Directed by: Juan Bustillo Oro
Release date: 1949-03-11
Best Fantasy Movies of 1949 : The Story of 'Little Red Riding Hood'

The Story of 'Little Red Riding Hood'

6.7/10 IMDB

A classic tale retold with Harryhausen's trademark animation.

Directed by: Ray Harryhausen
Release date: 1949-01-29

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