Best Fantasy Movies of 1961


Mysterious Island

6.7/10 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

Babes in Toyland

6.1/10 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

Snow White and the Three Stooges

5.2/10 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

Atlantis: The Lost Continent

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
Best Fantasy Movies of 1961 : Prince Violent

Prince Violent

7.2/10 IMDB

Viking Yosemite Sam arrives to storm the castle. But Bugs takes charge of the defenses, and between Bugs' cleverness and Sam's stupidity, the castle is never seriously threatened, even when Sam enlists the help of an elephant.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt
Release date: 1961-09-02
Best Fantasy Movies of 1961 : Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?

8.7/10 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
Best Fantasy Movies of 1961 : The Two Little Bears

The Two Little Bears

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

Long Distance Call

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
Best Fantasy Movies of 1961 : The Passerby

The Passerby

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

Nude on the Moon

3.8/10 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

The Magic Fountain

6.3/10 IMDB

In this tale based on a Brothers Grimm story, Prince Alfred searches for an enchanted castle that holds a magic fountain whose waters can cure his seriously ill father, the king. His two evil brothers are determined to stop him so they can have the kingdom for themselves when their father dies. A magic dwarf hears of Prince Alfred's plight and sets out to help him.

Starring: Peter Nestler ..
Directed by: Allan David
Release date: 1961-08-07


4.0/10 IMDB

Evil king Praximedes convinces superhero Atlas to fight for him, but Atlas eventually sees the king's true nature and turns against him.

Starring: Michael Forest, Barboura Morris, Frank Wolff, Walter Maslow, Roger Corman, Dick Miller, Andreas Filippides, Jean Moore, Christos Exarchos, Robert Hudson ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1961-05-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1961 : Goliath Against the Giants

Goliath Against the Giants

5.5/10 IMDB

Muscleman fights sea monsters and Amazon warriors, then returns home to find a race of giants living in a valley, into which fellow countrymen are being thrown as punishment for opposing a usurper king and his consort.

Starring: Brad Harris, Gloria Milland, Fernando Rey, Carmen de Lirio, Barbara Carroll, Nello Pazzafini, Fernando Sancho, Pepe Rubio, Ray Martino, Luigi Marturano ..
Directed by: Guido Malatesta
Release date: 1961-05-13
Best Fantasy Movies of 1961 : Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

2.7/10 IMDB

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle.

Starring: Maximilian Schell, Hans Caninenberg, Franz Schafheitlin, Dieter Kirchlechner, Karl Michael Vogler, Eckart Dux, Herbert Bötticher, Karl Lieffen, Rolf Boysen, Wanda Rotha ..
Directed by: Franz Peter Wirth
Release date: 1961-01-01

Balls Bluff

3.5/10 IMDB

During a Civil War battle, a soldier is transported through time, landing in New York City's Central Park in the year 1961. He then explores Manhattan and goes to Yankee Stadium in an attempt to locate other Civil War soldiers. (IMDb)

Starring: Robert Downey Sr. ..
Directed by: Robert Downey Sr.
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1961 : Five Characters in Search of an Exit

Five Characters in Search of an Exit

0.0/10 IMDB

An Army major awakens in a small room with no idea of who he is or how he got there. He finds four other people in the same room, and they all begin to question how they each arrived there, and more importantly, how to escape.

Starring: Susan Harrison, William Windom, Murray Matheson, Kelton Garwood, Clark Allen, Carol Hill, Mona Houghton, Rod Serling ..
Directed by: Lamont Johnson
Release date: 1961-12-22
Best Fantasy Movies of 1961 : It's a Good Life

It's a Good Life

0.0/10 IMDB

On an isolated family farm, a young boy with vast mental powers, but lacking emotional development, holds his terrified family in thrall to his every juvenile wish.

Starring: John Larch, Cloris Leachman, Don Keefer, Bill Mumy, Alice Frost, Max Showalter, Jeanne Bates, Lenore Kingston, Tom Hatcher, Rod Serling ..
Directed by: James Sheldon
Release date: 1961-11-03
Best Fantasy Movies of 1961 : The Mirror

The Mirror

0.0/10 IMDB

A Central American revolutionary comes into the possession of a mirror that shows him his potential assassins.

Starring: Peter Falk, Will Kuluva, Antony Carbone, Arthur Batanides, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., Vladimir Sokoloff, Richard Karlan ..
Directed by: Don Medford
Release date: 1961-10-20

Master of the World

5.8/10 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

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