Best Fantasy Movies of 1961

1.

Mysterious Island

4.1
6.8/10 IMDB

During the US Civil War, Union POWs escape in a balloon and end up stranded on a South Pacific island, inhabited by giant plants and animals. They must use their ingenuity to survive the dangers, and to devise a way to return home. Sequel to '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' .

Starring: Michael Craig, Gary Merrill, Michael Callan, Beth Rogan, Joan Greenwood, Percy Herbert, Dan Jackson, Herbert Lom, Harry Monty ..
Directed by: Cy Endfield
Release date: 1961-12-19
2.

Babes in Toyland

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

All roads lead to magical, merry Toyland as Mary Contrary and Tom Piper prepare for their wedding! But villainous Barnaby wants Mary for himself, so he kidnaps Tom, setting off a series of comic chases, searches, and double-crosses! The "March Of The Wooden Soldiers" helps put Barnaby in his place, and ensures a "happily ever after" for Tom and Mary!

Starring: Annette Funicello, Ray Bolger, Tommy Sands, Ed Wynn, Bess Flowers, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Henry Calvin, Gene Sheldon, Ann Jillian ..
Directed by: Jack Donohue, Austen Jewell
Release date: 1961-12-14
3.

Master of the World

3.1
5.9/10 IMDB

A mad genius tries to bomb the world into peace.

Starring: Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, Mary Webster, Henry Hull, David Frankham, Wally Campo, Vito Scotti, Richard Harrison, Ken Terrell, Steve Masino ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1961-05-01
4.

Atlantis: The Lost Continent

2.9
5.5/10 IMDB

A Greek Fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland which is the mythical city of Atlantis. He is enslaved for his trouble. The King is being manipulated by an evil sorcerer who is bent on using a natural resource of Atlantis to take over the world. The Atlanteans, or rather the slaves of Atlantis, are forced to mine a crystalline material which absorbs the suns rays. These crystals can then be used for warmth. The misuse of science has created weapons out of the crystals that can fire a heat ray to destroy whatever it touches.

Starring: Sal Ponti, Joyce Taylor, John Dall, William Smith, Edward Platt, Frank De Kova, Berry Kroeger, Edgar Stehli, Jay Novello, Paul Frees ..
Directed by: George Pal
Release date: 1961-05-03
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5.

Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?

2.8
8.8/10 IMDB

Following a frantic phone call about a crashed spaceship, two policeman try and determine who among the passengers of a bus at a snowed-in roadside diner is from another world.

Starring: Rod Serling, John Hoyt, Jean Willes, Jack Elam, Barney Phillips, John Archer, William Kendis, Morgan Jones, Gertrude Flynn, Bill Erwin ..
Directed by: Montgomery Pittman
Release date: 1961-05-26
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6.

The Two Little Bears

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Two little boys use a magic potion to turn themselves into bears.

Starring: Eddie Albert, Jane Wyatt, Butch Patrick, Brenda Lee, Donnie Carter, Soupy Sales, Jimmy Boyd, Nancy Kulp, Emory Parnell, Milton Parsons ..
Directed by: Randall Hood
Release date: 1961-11-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1961 : Long Distance Call
7.

Long Distance Call

2.5
7.5/10 IMDB

A toy telephone becomes the link between a young boy and his dead grandmother.

Starring: Philip Abbott, Lili Darvas, Patricia Smith, Bill Mumy, Jenny Maxwell, Reid Hammond, Henry Hunter, Lew Brown, Arch Johnson, Robert McCord ..
Directed by: James Sheldon
Release date: 1961-03-31
8.

Snow White and the Three Stooges

2.5
5.3/10 IMDB

Once upon a time, in the kingdom of Fortunia, a noble king and his lovely young queen lack but one blessing to make their joy complete. The queen gives birth to a daughter named Snow White, but dies soon after. The king mourns her, but in time, he remarries because of the pleading of his people. His new queen is a beautiful, but evil woman who soon becomes jealous of Snow White's beauty.

Starring: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Edson Stroll, Carol Heiss, Patricia Medina, Guy Rolfe, Michael David Lally, Buddy Baer, Edgar Barrier ..
Directed by: Walter Lang, Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1961-12-24
Best Fantasy Movies of 1961 : The Passerby
9.

The Passerby

2.5
7.5/10 IMDB

While headed home, a Confederate soldier meets an anguished woman at the end of the Civil War.

Starring: James Gregory, Joanne Linville, Rex Holman, David Garcia, Warren J. Kemmerling, Austin Green, Jamie Farr, Rod Serling ..
Directed by: Elliot Silverstein
Release date: 1961-10-06
10.

Nude on the Moon

1.8
3.9/10 IMDB

A rich rocket scientist organizes an expedition to the moon, which they discover is inhabited by nude women.

Starring: Marietta, William Mayer, Lester Brown, Pat Reilly, Ira Magee, Lacey Kelly, Shelby Livingston, Robert W. Kyorimee, Joyce M. Geary, Charles Allen ..
Directed by: Doris Wishman, Raymond Phelan
Release date: 1961-01-01

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