This Father’s Day, settle down with your dad and your favorite snacks to watch these cinematic gems.
|Judge Hardy and Son|
|It Started with Eve|
It Started With Eve (1941) To make his dying father happy, a young man (Robert Cummings) asks a hat check girl (Deanna Durbin) to pose as his fiancée. Once the father (Charles Laughton) recovers, the lies unravel in this musical comedy from Universal Studios.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – This film’s memorable climax is near Christmastime and is usually trotted out during the winter, but it’s perfectly fit for the last days of spring during Father’s Day. It stars James Stewart as a father who does not see his worth in life until someone special shows him what life would be like if he were never born.
|Father was a Fullback|
Father was a Fullback (1949) Fred MacMurray stars in this comedy as a college football coach of a losing team who must find a new quarterback at work while dealing with his moody teenaged daughter (Betty Lynn) at home. A young Natalie Wood plays his tomboyish younger daughter with great aplomb. Maureen O'Hara plays the understanding wife.
|Father of the Bride|
East of Eden (1955) The son (James Dean) in this film is desperate for his father’s approval. Will he achieve that goal? This film is adapted from Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name.
Swiss Family Robinson (1960) John Mills turns in a strong performance as the father of a family who has been shipwrecked on an island. It is a Disney movie of danger and adventure for the entire family.
In Search of the Castaways (1962) – To find their missing father, a daughter (Hayley Mills) and son must enlist the aid of a scientist (Maurice Chevalier) and a shipping company owner (Wilfrid Hyde-White). Based on a Jules Verne novel, this journey takes them through an avalanche, an erupting volcano, an earthquake, a flash flood and many other escapades.
|Take Her, She's Mine|
Take Her, She’s Mine (1963) – James Stewart stars as a father who must keep his daughter out of trouble in college. Instead, he finds himself inadvertently embroiled in scandal. Sandra Dee also stars in this comedy.
|Courtship of Eddie's Father|