Best Fantasy Movies of 1956


Around the World in Eighty Days

6.7/10 IMDB

Based on the famous book by Jules Verne the movie follows Phileas Fogg on his journey around the world. Which has to be completed within 80 days, a very short period for those days.

Starring: David Niven, Cantinflas, Finlay Currie, Robert Morley, Charles Boyer, Robert Newton, Gilbert Roland, Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra, Buster Keaton ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1956-10-17
Best Fantasy Movies of 1956 : High Tor

High Tor

7.6/10 IMDB

High Tor is a 1936 play by Maxwell Anderson. Twenty years after the original production, Anderson adapted it into a television musical with Arthur Schwartz. Anderson first considered a musical adaptation of High Tor for television in 1949. He and John Monks Jr. adapted the play as a made-for-television musical fantasy in 1955, with music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Anderson. High Tor was filmed in November 1955 by Desilu Productions at the RKO-Pathé Studio and broadcast March 10, 1956 on the CBS television network, as a 90-minute episode of the series Ford Star Jubilee. Bing Crosby, Julie Andrews, Nancy Olson, Hans Conreid, and Keenan Wynn starred in the film, produced by Arthur Schwartz, and directed by James Neilson.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Julie Andrews, Nancy Olson, Everett Sloane, Lloyd Corrigan, Hans Conried, Dan Barton, Robert Foulk, James Gavin, Kay E. Kuter ..
Directed by: James Neilson, Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1956-03-10

Invitation to the Dance

6.4/10 IMDB

Three completely different stories are told through dance.

Starring: Gene Kelly, Igor Youskevitch, Claire Sombert, Tamara Toumanova, Diana Adams, Tommy Rall, Belita, David Paltenghi, Daphne Dale, Claude Bessy ..
Directed by: Gene Kelly
Release date: 1956-05-22

The Mole People

5.0/10 IMDB

A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopatamia.

Starring: John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, Hugh Beaumont, Alan Napier, Nestor Paiva, Phil Chambers, Rodd Redwing, Robin Hughes, Frank Baxter, Eddie Parker ..
Directed by: Virgil W. Vogel
Release date: 1956-12-01


6.0/10 IMDB

A parable made in the manner of an old silent comedy about artistry and illusion.

Starring: Shirley Russell ..
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1956-03-29
Best Fantasy Movies of 1956 : I've Lived Before

I've Lived Before

6.3/10 IMDB

Seeing a certain woman (Ann Harding) makes an airline pilot (Jock Mahoney) think he is a reincarnated World War I pilot.

Starring: Jock Mahoney, Leigh Snowden, Ann Harding, John McIntire, Raymond Bailey, Jerry Paris, Simon Scott, April Kent, Vernon Rich, Phil Harvey ..
Directed by: Richard Bartlett
Release date: 1956-09-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1956 : Francis in the Haunted House

Francis in the Haunted House

5.7/10 IMDB

A Ha-Ha-Haunted House Has Got 'Em! ...and it's every ghost for himself!

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Virginia Welles, James Flavin, Timothy Carey, Mary Ellen Kay, David Janssen, Richard Deacon, Paul Frees, Molly, Mary Ellen Kaye ..
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1956-07-09
Best Fantasy Movies of 1956 : Jack and Old Mac

Jack and Old Mac

5.7/10 IMDB

Two stylized nursery rhymes are shown. First is "The House That Jack Built" as told with a variety of characters composed of letters that spell out their names (Example: the cow is made up of an intertwined C, O, and W). Next is "Old MacDonald Had a Band" (no, not farm) in which Old MacDonald and his band give way with a hot jazz number (even his animals play instruments). The piece comes to an end when Old MacDonald's wife is tired of doing all the housework and gives him a swift whack on his head with her rolling pin.

Directed by: Bill Justice
Release date: 1956-07-18
Best Fantasy Movies of 1956 : The She-Creature

The She-Creature

3.8/10 IMDB

A mysterious hypnotist (Chester Morris) reverts his beautiful assistant (Marla English) back into the form of a prehistoric sea monster that she was in a past life.

Starring: Chester Morris, Marla English, Tom Conway, Cathy Downs, Lance Fuller, Ron Randell, Frieda Inescort, Frank Jenks, El Brendel, Paul Dubov ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1956-08-01

Man Beast

4.3/10 IMDB

Connie Hayward mounts an expedition into the Himalayan Mountains looking for her brother, who has not returned from a previous trek trying to locate the Yeti, or "Abominable Snowman". Arriving at her brother's last-known camp Connie and her companions find only a strange old guide, Varga. They are soon attacked by gigantic Snowmen but are not half as surprised as when Vargas reveals his secret origin and the plans he has for Connie.

Starring: Tom Maruzzi, Asa Maynor, George Skaff, Lloyd Nelson, Rock Madison, George Wells Lewis, Jack Haffner, Wong Sing ..
Directed by: Jerry Warren
Release date: 1956-12-05
Best Fantasy Movies of 1956 : Peter Pan

Peter Pan

7.8/10 IMDB

This SECOND live broadcast aired a year after the success of the first. Utilizing much of the same cast, it nevertheless is its own unique performance which charmed millions of households in 1956.

Starring: Mary Martin, Cyril Ritchard, Kathleen Nolan, Margalo Gillmore, Sondra Lee, Heller Halliday, Joe E. Marks, Norman Shelly, Michael Allen, Tom Halloran ..
Release date: 1956-01-09
Best Fantasy Movies of 1956 : Once Upon a Honeymoon

Once Upon a Honeymoon

3.0/10 IMDB

Thanks to the collaboration between American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) and Angels from Heaven a song writing working on his latest musical can finally go on his delayed honeymoon. The Angel Chief sends down Wilbur the Angel along with a wireless phone, from the 1950s, to help Jeff's muse , his wife Mary, inspire Jeff to complete the needed song. This while at the same time displaying and utilizing the latest and greatest telephone equipment. This includes color phones to match every decor. Be sure to note the matching wall cords that connect the phone to the wall.

Starring: Russell Hicks, Chick Chandler, Ward Ellis, Virginia Gibson, Alan Mowbray, Veronica Pataky ..
Directed by: Gower Champion, Robert Scrivner
Release date: 1956-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1956 : Fairy Princess

Fairy Princess

0.0/10 IMDB

Restored to its original glory by the National Film Preservation Foundation back in 2005, this little Christmas film is one of our holiday favorites. Margaret Conneely (Chicago amateur filmmaker & CFA Collection namesake) frames stop-motion animation and trick photography with live action footage to fuel her very own Christmas fairy tale. FAIRY PRINCESS (1956) was Margaret Conneely's most successful amateur film, winning a slew of local awards, and being named one of the Photographic Society of America's 'Ten Best films of 1956.' Conneely's film was also awarded the PSA's 'Harris B. Tuttle Trophy'; named after Eastman Kodak's innovator of the 16mm format, this trophy was awarded annually for the best amateur storytelling film on a family theme. - Chicago Film Archives

Directed by: Margaret Conneely
Release date: 1956-01-01

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