10 Old Family Movies

Wednesday, February 23 by Wendy Adams

Gather the family and watch the best 10 old family movies. Vintage films rely on good writing and acting to make an impact with the story instead of using special effects, violence, or nudity. These vintage movies are filled with wonderful family values, sensational actors, great comedy, and heartwarming messages.

  1. Our Vines Have Tender Grapes”. (1945) A tender story of Norwegian immigrant farmer Martinius Jacobson (Edward G. Robinson) in Wisconsin, his wife Bruna (Agnes Moorehead) and their young daughter Selma (Margaret O’Brien) overcoming hardship with dignity and heart.
  2. Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer”. (1947) Oscar winning  comedy starring Cary Grant as the artist Richard Nugent, Myrna Loy as Judge Margaret Turner, and Shirley Temple as younger sister Susan Turner High school student Susan, who is being raised by her older sister, has a crush on an artist who lectured in her school who also appeared in her sister’s courtroom on minor charges. Fun love triangle with a wonderful supporting cast. Charming fun.
  3. Pollyanna”. (1960) A Disney classic about orphaned Pollyanna (Hayley Mills) who comes to live with her wealthy and powerful Aunt Polly (Jane Wyman) who dominates the embittered town. Pollyanna’s attitude of seeing only the good in people transform the town and her stalwart Aunt. A great supporting cast includes Richard Egan, Karl Malden, James Drury, Agnes Moorehead, and Kevin Corcoran.
  4. The Parent Trap”.(1961) Hayley Mills plays a set of twins Susan Evers and Sharon McKendrick who were separated as toddlers by divorcing parents and discover each other at summer camp. The twins devise a plan to reunite their parents that starts by switching places so the parents will have to meet to switch them back. All star cast includes Maureen O’Hara, Brian Keith, and Charles Ruggles.
  5. Father of the Bride”. (1950) The original black and white film version stars Spencer Tracy as Stanley Banks, Joan Bennett as Ellie Banks, and Elizabeth Taylor as Kay Banks, in this classic story of a father coming to terms with his daughter growing up and preparing to marry. The supporting cast includes Leo G. Carroll, Billie Burke, Don Taylor, and Russ Tamblyn.
  6. Father’s Little Dividend”.(1951) Black and white sequel to the Father of the Bride stars Spencer Tracy as Stanley Banks, Joan Bennett as Ellie Banks, and Elizabeth Taylor as Kay Banks Dunstan who announces Stanley is about to become a Grandfather throwing him into a comical mid life crisis.
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird”. (1962) The winner of three Academy Awards, this vintage black and white movie tells the story of Scout (Mary Badham) and her brother Jem (Phillip Alford) growing up in the deep south and coming face to face with race prejudice as their widowed father Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) defends a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. Wonderful script and rich characters.
  8. Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation”. (1962) Roger Hobbs (Jimmy Stewart) takes his wife Peggy (Maureen O’Hara) and family on vacation to the beach in this light comedy drama. The vacation is anything but smooth when his grown children and their families show up. Teen heart throb of the era Fabian as Joe, costarring John Saxon, John McGiver, and Lauri Peters.
  9. You Can’t Take it with You”. (1938) Classic joy ride starring Lionel Barrymore as Martin Vanderhof, the patriarch of an eccentric family of misfits, Jean Arthur as Alice Sycamore, James Stewart as Tony Kirby, and Spring Byington as Penny Sycamore. Vanderhof heads a family of inventors, dancers, writers, and creators who spend their time pursuing their passions and just living until a large concern wants to buy the Vanderhof house.
  10. Take Her She’s Mine”. (1963) Frank Michaelson (Jimmy Stewart) has great difficulty dealing with the coming of age of his oldest daughter Mollie (Sandra Dee) from college to marriage. Great supporting cast includes Audrey Meadows, Robert Morley, John McGiver, Bob Denver, and Charla Doherty.  
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