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Fun Family Films You May Not Know About (But Should!) - Compass Classroom Blog

Fun Family Films You May Not Know About (But Should!)


Many people don’t realize what a treasure trove of fun family films are available when you start turning back the clock six, seven or even eight decades. You probably haven’t seen most of these films, but if you’re looking for something great to watch this summer, track them down on Amazon.com, Netflix or YouTube. (If your kids balk at black and white, tell them to give it a chance – good things came without color back then.)

It Happened One Night (1934) – Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert (dir. Frank Capra) – A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who’s actually a reporter looking for a story.

Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) – Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines (dir. Preston Sturges) – A band of Marines helps the son of a famous Marine return home with side-splitting results.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) – Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery (dir. Alfred Hitchcock) – Not a typical Hitchcock movie, this is a delightful comedy about a couple who learn that their marriage was not valid.

The Philadelphia Story (1940) Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Catherine Hepburn (dir. George Cukor) – When a rich woman’s ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

I Remember Mama (1948) – Irene Dunn, Barbara Bel Geddes (dir. George Stevens) – The ups and downs of a Norwegian immigrant family, circa 1910.

Mrs. Miniver (1942) Greer Garson, Walther Pidgeon (dir. William Wyler) – The Minivers, an English “middle-class” family experience life in the first months of World War II.

Father of the Bride (1950) – Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor (dir. Vincentte Minelli) – A father of a young woman deals with the emotional pain of her getting married, and the financial and organizational pain of arranging her wedding. (The original and best version.)

Top Hat (1935) – Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers (dir. Mark Sandrich) – An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer.