Best Fantasy Movies of 1949


The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

7.0/10 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

After being taken from his home in Africa, Gorilla "Joe" is an instant hit in a Hollywood nightclub. This fun and wonderfully entertaining slant on "King Kong" is much better than Kong's 1934 sequel, "Son of Kong". This all ages adventure has superb special effects from Willis O'Brien and his protege, Ray Harryhausen.

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

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

6.6/10 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: 1949-04-22

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

The Fern Flower

7.2/10 IMDB

Jeannot, a young boy living in the countryside with his mother and grandfather, ventures into the forest at night to pick a fern flower before the cock crows.

Directed by: Wladyslaw Starewicz
Release date: 1949-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1949 : On the Edge

On the Edge

6.5/10 IMDB

In this fragile yet frightening poetic fantasy set against a dark industrial landscape, Curtis Harrington casts his own mother and father in lead roles.

Starring: Isabel Harrington, Raymond S. Harrington ..
Directed by: Curtis Harrington
Release date: 1949-12-31
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
Best Fantasy Movies of 1949 : Tarzan's Magic Fountain

Tarzan's Magic Fountain

6.1/10 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 Petrified Dog

The Petrified Dog

5.6/10 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
Best Fantasy Movies of 1949 : The Christmas Carol

The Christmas Carol

6.1/10 IMDB

A Christmas Carol was a 1949 low-budget, 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

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