Best Fantasy Movies of 1951

1.

Alice in Wonderland

6.1
7.4/10 IMDB

On a golden afternoon, young Alice follows a White Rabbit, who disappears down a nearby rabbit hole. Quickly following him, she tumbles into the burrow - and enters the merry, topsy-turvy world of Wonderland! Memorable songs and whimsical escapades highlight Alice's journey, which culminates in a madcap encounter with the Queen of Hearts - and her army of playing cards!

Starring: Kathryn Beaumont, Verna Felton, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway, Jerry Colonna, J. Pat O'Malley, Bill Thompson, Heather Angel, Joseph Kearns ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Release date: 1951-07-28
2.

Scrooge

5.6
8.1/10 IMDB

Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) malcontentedly shuffles through life as a cruel miserly businessman until one fateful Christmas Eve when he is visited by three spirits, sent show him how his unhappy childhood and maladaptive adult behavior over has let him a selfish, lonely, bitter old man. Released in the USA as "A Christmas Carol".

Starring: Alastair Sim, George Cole, Rona Anderson, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Glyn Dearman, Brian Worth, Michael Hordern, Michael Dolan, Francis de Wolff ..
Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst
Release date: 1951-11-28
3.

The Tales of Hoffmann

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

In this film adaptation of the Offenbach opera, a young poet named Hoffman broods over his failed romances. First, his affair with the beautiful Olympia is shattered when he realizes that she is really a mechanical woman designed by a scientist. Next, he believes that a striking prostitute loves him, only to find out she was hired to fake her affections by the dastardly Dapertutto. Lastly, a magic spell claims the life of his final lover.

Starring: Moira Shearer, Ludmilla Tchérina, Pamela Brown, Léonide Massine, Ann Ayars, Robert Helpmann, Frederick Ashton, Robert Rounseville, Mogens Wieth, Lionel Harris ..
Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Release date: 1951-04-04
4.

Angels in the Outfield

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Paul Douglas, stars with Janet Leigh, as the hot-tempered Pittsburgh Pirates manager whose hard-luck team goes on a wining streak thanks to some heavenly intervention.

Starring: Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn, Donna Corcoran, Lewis Stone, Spring Byington, Bruce Bennett, Marvin Kaplan, Ellen Corby, Jeff Richards ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1951-10-19
5.

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Albert Lewin's interpretation of the legend of the Flying Dutchman. In a little spanish seaport named Esperanza, during the 30s, appears Hendrick van der Zee, the mysterious captain of a yacht (he is the only one aboard). Pandora is a beautiful woman (who men kill and die for). She's never really fallen in love with any man, but she feels very attracted by Hendrick... We are soon taught that Hendrick is the Flying Dutchman, this sailor of the 17th century that has been cursed by God to wander over the seas until the Doomsday... unless a woman is ready to die for him...

Starring: James Mason, Ava Gardner, Nigel Patrick, Sheila Sim, Harold Warrender, Mario Cabré, Marius Goring, John Laurie, Pamela Mason, Patricia Rainier ..
Directed by: Albert Lewin
Release date: 1951-02-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1951 : Juliette, or Key of Dreams
6.

Juliette, or Key of Dreams

3.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Michel has stolen from his employer, Mr Bellanger, for the love of Juliette. He is now in jail. One night, while sleeping in his cell, he wakes up all of a sudden, the gates open and he finds himself in a strange village where all the inhabitants have lost their memory. There, meets Juliette again who seems to agree to marry a powerful man, who might well be Bluebeard...

Starring: Gérard Philipe, Suzanne Cloutier, Gabrielle Fontan, Jean-Roger Caussimon, Édouard Delmont, René Génin, Roland Lesaffre, Arthur Devère, Louise Fouquet, Martial Rèbe ..
Directed by: Marcel Carné
Release date: 1951-05-18
7.

Superman and the Mole-Men

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

Reporters Clark Kent and Lois Lane arrive in the small town of Silsby to witness the drilling of the world's deepest oil well. The drill, however, has penetrated the underground home of a race of small, furry people who then come to the surface at night to look around. The fact that they glow in the dark scares the townfolk, who form a mob, led by the vicious Luke Benson, intent on killing the strange people. Only Superman has a chance to prevent this tragedy.

Starring: George Reeves, Phyllis Coates, Beverly Washburn, John T. Bambury, Tony Boris, Stephen Carr, Byron Foulger, Jeff Corey, Adrienne Marden, Jerry Maren ..
Directed by: Lee Sholem
Release date: 1951-11-23
Best Fantasy Movies of 1951 : Francis Goes to the Races
8.

Francis Goes to the Races

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

In this funny sequel to the popular Francis the Talking Mule, the talkative Mule and his pal Peter get a job working on a horse-breeder's ranch. They end up saving it from financial ruin when Francis, who has the inside track with the racehorses, provides Peter with names of the winners before the races are run. Sure enough Peter finds himself with a fistful of cash and uses it to buy a racehorse for the farm. Unfortunately, the horse he chooses is suffering from a debilitating lack of confidence. When not dealing with the mare, Peter finds time to court the horse breeder's niece and trying to avoid the gangsters who want in on the winnings.

Starring: Donald O'Connor, Piper Laurie, Cecil Kellaway, Barry Kelley, Vaughn Taylor, Jesse White, Hayden Rorke, Larry Keating, Chill Wills, Molly ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1951-05-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1951 : The House in the Square
9.

The House in the Square

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Atomic scientist Peter Standish travels back in time to 1784, an era he has read about in his forefather's diaries. He falls in love with his forefather's cousin Helen but his contemporaries of 1784 are perplexed by his strange talk and the odd knowledge he possess.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Ann Blyth, Michael Rennie, Dennis Price, Beatrice Campbell, Kathleen Byron, Raymond Huntley, Irene Browne ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1951-12-07
Best Fantasy Movies of 1951 : Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen
10.

Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen

1.5
3.3/10 IMDB

One of Santa Claus' "brownies" (elves) introduces the story of the Fairy Snow Queen, who plays a trick on Santa Claus by bringing all the toys to life just before Claus is due to deliver them to children around the world. She shows Claus what she's done and the toys demonstrate their abilities. The toys are distraught when Claus says they must be turned back into inanimate objects in time for Christmas, but the Fairy Snow Queen comes up with a plan to make everyone happy.

Starring: Rochelle Stanton, Edmund Penney, Margo Von Leu, Jenny Neal, Don Oreck, Patrick Clement, Bob Porter ..
Directed by: Sid Davis
Release date: 1951-12-01

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