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

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

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: 1949-04-18
Best Fantasy Movies of 1949 : The Loon's Necklace

The Loon's Necklace

8.0/10 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

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

6.3/10 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 Petrified Dog

The Petrified Dog

5.5/10 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

Haunted Palace

4.7/10 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

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