In Search of the Castaways (1962)

Hayley Mills stars as determined Mary Grant, whos fathers’ ship was lost at sea some two years ago. Maurice Chevalier also stars as a french professor who finds a note in a bottle, supposedly written by Captain Grant. This note sets in motion a search that spans the globe. Nothing will stop Mary; not earthquakes, flashfloods or a despicable villain played to perfection by George Sanders.

1hr. 38min.

Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)

Based on the novel by Jules Verne, this fascinating film takes you around the globe with Philious Fogg (David Niven) a 19th century gentleman who believes that he can circle the globe in the then unheard of amount of time of just eighty days.  Gigantic bets are made all around the world as to whether he’ll make it or not.  His loyal and clever servant Passepartout (Cantinflas) helps him in and out of many scrapes.  Including the rescueing of a young widowed princess (Shirley Maclaine).

Actually filmed all over the world and an amazing amount of cameos from famous stars, are some of the highlights of this captivating film.

3hrs. 2min.

The Land Before Time (1988)

In this classic story, LittleFoot is suddenly separated from his grandparents by an earthquake that also mortally wounds his mother. His only chance of reuniting with them is to follow his mother’s instructions to get to the almost mythical Great Valley. Along the way he befriends other young lost dinosaurs that join him on his journey, that is alternatingly poignant, frightening and humorous.

Featuring the classic If We Hold on Together sung by Diana Ross.

1hr. 9min.

Romance in Manhattan (1935)

When immigrant Karel Novak (Francis Lederer) arrives in New York he’s filled with optimism for his new life, but a change in rules is going to have him sent back home.  Acting on impulse he literally jumps ship and makes it back to the city.  With no money and nowhere to go, he runs into chorus girl Sylvia (Ginger Rogers) who decides to help him.  Sylvia, her brother and Karel are able to make something of a family together as they struggle to survive in this little gem.

1hr. 17min.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The classic tale of a girl named Dorothy (Judy Garland) who gets caught in a twister and whisked away to the magical land of Oz. There she meets Munchkins, talking trees and flying monkeys. She also runs afoul of and must outwit the evil Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton).  All while trying to find her way home.

This film also features the Acadamy Award winning song Somewhere Over the Rainbow, that would become Garlands’ signature song.

1hr. 41min.

National Velvet (1944)

Mickey Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor star in this story of a girls’ love for a horse and her dream of having it compete in the Grand Nationals.  Helping with her dream is young Mi (Rooney) a vagabond with a mysterious past.  Young Velvet (Taylor) accepts him without question, but her father (Donald Crisp) is suspicious.  Anne Revere won best supporting actress for her portrayal of wise Mrs. Brown, in this classic film.

2hr. 5min.

Onward (2020)

Set in a modern fantasy world two elf brothers set off on a quest to finish a spell to bring their dead father back for 24hrs. Along the way, the duo face many obstacles as they also bond closer together.

Pixar again brings to the screen an exciting and emotional tale about family, heartbreak and healing all in a way that is relatable and refreshing. The talented actors that bring this tale to life include Christ Pratt, Tom Holland, Octavia Spencer and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

1hr. 43min.

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Barbara Stanwyck stars as Elizabeth Lane, the perfect mother and housewife who also writes amazing recipes for an eminent housekeeping magazine.  The only trouble is she’s actually not married and can’t cook.  So, when a decorated sailor named Jefferson Jones (Dennis Morgan) is sent to spend Christmas with Elizabeth and her family (by order of the magazines publisher played by the legendary Sydney Greenstreet), it’s up to her wily uncle Felix (S.Z. Sakall) to hold the fiction together long enough for Elizabeth and Jeff to get their real life happy ending.

1hr. 42min.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)

A few years after the events of the first film, we pick up with the main characters as their lives have progressed. Duke and Max’s family has grown as Katie has gotten married and had a son, Liam. Max is so fiercely protective of Liam that he developes some nervous ticks. As that is getting sorted out, Snowball and Gidgit have some adventures of their own in this wildly entertaining sequel that is just as imaginative and hilarious as the first movie.

1hr. 26min.

The Happiest Millionaire (1967)

Crocodiles in the conservatory, chocolate cake diets and boxing lessons in the barn are just a few of the common occurrences in the Biddle household.  They’re eccentric millionaires led by their father (Fred MacMurry) in his many zany antics, that are only slightly bridled by their mother (Greer Garson).

The last live action film that the late Walt Disney was involved in, this is surprisingly based on a true story and features Lesley Ann Warren in one of her earliest roles.

2hr. 46min.