Family Classics

Movies that aired on WGN's Family Classics series
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1.
A Christmas Carol (1951)
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An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve... (86 mins.)
 
2.
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944)
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A boy prince, raised by forty thieves, takes revenge on the Mongol invaders who murdered his father and stole his kingdom. (87 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
3.
All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
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A dog returns from the dead looking for revenge on his killer using an orphan girl who can talk to animals. (84 mins.)
 
4.
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
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The story of the great sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who rose to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler. (107 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
5.
Bend of the River (1952)
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When a town boss confiscates homesteader's supplies after gold is discovered nearby, a tough cowboy risks his life to try and get it to them. (91 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
6.
Benji (1974)
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A stray dog saves two kidnapped children. (86 mins.)
Director: Joe Camp
 
7.
Boys Town (1938)
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Against all odds Father Flanagan starts "Boys' Town" after hearing a convict's story. Whitey Marsh comes there... (96 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
8.
Brigadoon (1954)
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Two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past. (108 mins.)
 
9.
Broken Arrow (1950)
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Tom Jeffords tries to make peace between settlers and Apaches. (93 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
10.
Buffalo Bill (1944)
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The story of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, legendary westerner, from his days as an army scout to his later activities as owner of a Wild West show. (90 mins.)
 
11.
Calamity Jane (1953)
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The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok. (101 mins.)
Director: David Butler
 
12.
Captain Blood (1935)
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After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate. (119 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
13.
Captain from Castile (1947)
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The invasion of Mexico by Cortez, as seen by a young Spanish officer fleeing the Inquisition. (140 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
14.
Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)
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During the Napoleonic wars, a British naval captain has adventures in Central American waters. (117 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
15.
Captain January (1936)
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Shirley lives with a lighthouse keeper who rescued her when her parents drowned. A truant officer decides she should go to boarding school, but she's rescued by relatives. Buddy Ebsen dances "At The Codfish Ball" with Shirley. (77 mins.)
Director: David Butler
 
16.
Captains Courageous (1937)
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A spoiled brat who falls overboard from a steamship gets picked up by a fishing boat, where he's made to earn his keep by joining the crew in their work. (117 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
17.
Chad Hanna (1940)
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Country boy joins a circus in the 1840s and falls in love with Albany the star equestrian rider. Later he falls in love with Caroline another runaway who becomes the Circus' new bareback rider. (88 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
18.
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
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A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Godfrey
 
19.
Challenge to Lassie (1949)
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When Lassie's master dies, an old friend tries to convince a judge that the dog's life should be spared. (76 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
20.
Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
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"Cheaper By the Dozen", based on the real-life story of the Gilbreth family, follows them from Providence... (86 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
21.
Circus World (1964)
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When circus proprietor Matt Masters decides to take his show on a European tour, it is beset by problems, while he searches for Lili, the mother of his adopted daughter, who disappeared years before. (135 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
22.
City Beneath the Sea (1971 TV Movie)
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A group of 21st-century colonists inhabit the underwater city called Pacifica. They find they must defend the city against hostile alien forces. (98 mins.)
Director: Irwin Allen
 
23.
Conrack (1974)
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White Pat Conroy was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina. In March, 1969 under the Beaufort School District... (106 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
24.
Courage of Lassie (1946)
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Bill's separated from his litter, making friends with the wild creatures until he's found and adopted by young Kathie... (92 mins.)
Director: Fred M. Wilcox
 
25.
Courage Mountain (1990)
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In this version of "Heidi," a young Swiss girl is sent off to boarding school at the beginning of World War I. (94 mins.)
 
26.
Crack in the World (1965)
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A dying scientist pushes forward his project to tap through to the Earth's magma layer, with results that threaten to destroy the Earth as we know it. (96 mins.)
Director: Andrew Marton
 
27.
David Copperfield (1935)
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A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world. (130 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
28.
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
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Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutinary War begins. (104 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
29.
Edison, the Man (1940)
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82 year old inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Alva Edison is honored in 1929 and he reflects back on his sixty year career of scientific achievement. (107 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
30.
Everything's Ducky (1961)
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Two sailors sneak a talking duck on board their ship. Complications ensue. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
 
31.
Father Goose (1964)
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During World War II, a man persuaded to live on an isolated island and spot aircraft finds himself responsible for a teacher and several students, all female. (118 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
 
32.
Flipper (1963)
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Sandy is distraught when, having saved Flipper by pulling out a spear, his father insists the dolphin be released. A grateful Flipper, however, returns the favor when Sandy is threatened by Sharks. (87 mins.)
Director: James B. Clark
 
33.
Friendly Persuasion (1956)
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The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War. (137 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
34.
General Spanky (1936)
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A small boy is instrumental in a famous Civil War victory. (71 mins.)
 
35.
Great Expectations (1946)
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A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. (118 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
36.
Gulliver's Travels (1939)
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Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally minuscule rival... (76 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
37.
Hans Brinker (1969 TV Movie)
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(103 mins.)
Director: Robert Scheerer
 
38.
Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
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The opening scene of the movie describes it best: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales." (112 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
39.
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
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The Henderson family adopt a friendly Sasquatch but have a hard time trying to keep the legend of 'Bigfoot' a secret. (110 mins.)
Director: William Dear
 
40.
Heidi (1937)
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A plucky little orphan girl gets dumped abruptly into her gruff, hermit grandfather's care, then later gets retaken and delivered as a companion for an injured girl. (88 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
41.
Heidi's Song (1982)
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Orphan Heidi lives with her grandpa in Swiss Alps. She brings joy to all there. However, her aunt takes her to the city to live as a servant girl to a cold rich strict family and their nice but sad handicapped daughter. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Taylor
 
42.
High Noon (1952)
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Marshal Will Kane, personally compelled to face his returning enemy Frank Miller, finds that his fellow townspeople refuse to help him. (85 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
43.
Jungle Book (1942)
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A boy raised by wolves tries to adapt to human village life. (108 mins.)
Director: Zoltan Korda
 
44.
Kidnapped (1938)
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In 1747 Jacobite Scotland young David Balfour's life is threatened by his greedy uncle who wishes to become heir to the considerable Balfour estate. (90 mins.)
Director: Alfred Werker
 
45.
Knute Rockne All American (1940)
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The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne. (98 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
46.
Lassie Come Home (1943)
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After her destitute family is forced to sell her, a collie named Lassie escapes from her new owner and begins the long trek from Scotland to her Yorkshire home. (89 mins.)
Director: Fred M. Wilcox
 
47.
Lassie's Great Adventure (1963)
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While in Canada Timmy and Lassie encounter a downed hot air ballonist. By accident they end up in the balloon which takes them into the wilderness. The young boy and his dog must find a way to survive even fending off a wild pig. (86 mins.)
 
48.
Life with Father (1947)
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A financier from New York rules his numerous family, consisting of his wife and his four sons, with the meticulousness of a bookkeeper. (118 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz