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Essentials, Jr Series Film Listings


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Here is the list of films that have appeared on Essentials, Jr. since the beginning of the series:


2007—Host: Tom Kenny

The Wizard of Oz
Bringing Up Baby
Treasure Island
Little Women
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
The Pride of the Yankees
Singin' in the Rain
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
The Adventures of Robin Hood

2008—Hosts: Chris O’Donnell & Abigail Breslin

National Velvet
20 Million Miles to Earth
The Courtship of Eddie’s Father
Mutiny on the Bounty
Goodbye Mr. Chips (’39)
Meet Me in St. Louis
Sherlock Jr.
The Music Box
Roman Holiday
The Man Who Knew Too Much
On the Town
Yours, Mine and Ours
Captains Courageous

2009—Host: John Lithgow

Yankee Doodle Dandy
To Have and Have Not
Father of the Bride
The Philadelphia Story
Mr. Hulot’s Holiday
The African Queen
An American in Paris
High Noon
Heaven Can Wait

It Happened at the World’s Fair
You Can’t Take it With You

2010—Host: John Lithgow


To Kill a Mockingbird

Road to Morocco

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

Swiss Family Robinson

Young Mr. Lincoln

Buck Privates

The Secret Garden

Duck Soup

Bye Bye Birdie


Old Yeller

Beauty and the Beast (’46)


2011—Host: Bill Hader


My Man Godfrey

Singin’ in the Rain

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Road to Utopia

Gunga Din

King Kong

Horse Feathers

The General

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Thing from Another World

His Girl Friday



2012- Host: Bill Hader


12 Angry Men

The Wizard of Oz

Rio Bravo

The Circus

Lassie Come Home

The Bank Dick

The Thief of Bagdad

The Great Escape

The Band Wagon

The Invisible Man

42nd Street

North by Northwest

Ball of Fire



2013- Host: Bill Hader


The Court Jester

The Lavender Hill Mob

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Pirate

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The Incredible Shrinking Man

The Magnificent Seven

Mon Oncle

Great Expectations

Ruggles of Red Gap

The Grapes of Wrath

The Great Race

It Happened One Night



2014- Host: Bill Hader


Bringing Up Baby

The Incredible Mr. Limpet

The Yearling

Godzilla, the King of the Monsters

A Kid For Two Farthings

Jason and the Argonauts

The Little Princess

Silent Comedy Shorts (x4):

        Two Tars

        Never Weaken

        Coney Island

        The Immigrant

Cat People and The Curse of the Cat People

How Green Was My Valley

To Be or Not To Be


The Maltese Falcon


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Here are several I loved as a child, that surely could be considered for Essentials, Junior.  I'd be happy to see them today:


The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation


The Trouble With Angels

The Three Lives of Thomisina

The Parent Trap

In Search of the Castaways

The Incredible Journey

The World of Henry Orient


Island of the Blue Dolphins

Auntie Mame

Mr. Belvedere

Our Hearts were Young and Gay

Life with Father

Cheaper by the Dozen


Take Her, She's Mine

Born Free

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm

Please Don't Eat the Daisies

A Summer Place


Where the Boys Are





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