Best Documentary Movies of 1932


Swing High

6.6/10 IMDB

Swing High is a 1932 American Pre-Code short documentary film directed by Jack Cummings. In 1932, it was nominated for an Academy Award at the 5th Academy Awards for Best Short Subject (Novelty). The film documents The Flying Codonas, a family of flying trapeze artists.

Starring: The Flying Codonas, Pete Smith, Edward Codona, Lalo Codona, Alfredo Codona, Vera Codona ..
Directed by: Jack Cummings
Release date: 1932-11-12


6.5/10 IMDB

The first sound movie made entirely in Africa, Congorilla premiered in 1932 and permitted audiences to hear what they had only been able to see during previous safari films. Martin and Osa Johnson began in Kenya and Tanzania before moving to Uganda and the Congo Basin (Zaire). Along the way they filmed Zebra in the Serengeti, charging Rhinos in the Northern Frontier District (Southern Somalia), and recorded exciting encounters with Crocodiles and Hippos as they went down the Nile. The latter part of the film is devoted to the 7 months the filmmakers spent in the Ituri Forest with the Mbuti people as they captured village life despite the humidity, which caused batteries to deteriorate, wires and connections to erode, and mildew to form on camera cases.

Starring: Martin E. Johnson, Osa Johnson ..
Directed by: Martin E. Johnson
Release date: 1932-08-07

The Mystery of Marriage

5.5/10 IMDB

The courtship rituals of animals and plants are compared to those of contemporary society, with educational and frequently humorous results.

Directed by: Mary Field
Release date: 1932-04-17
Best Documentary Movies of 1932 : Just a Gigolo

Just a Gigolo

5.7/10 IMDB

Irene Bordoni sings the title song in French and English with a Bouncing Ball. Cartoon sequences: Betty Boop as a cabaret emcee and cigarette girl; a romantic tom-cat gigolo.

Starring: Irène Bordoni, Mae Questel, Max Fleischer, Tomcat, Tabby Cats ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1932-09-08
Best Documentary Movies of 1932 : Bring 'Em Back Alive

Bring 'Em Back Alive

6.6/10 IMDB

American animal trapper Frank Buck travels with Ali, his "number one boy," on an expedition into the Malayan jungle. From their jungle headquarters just north of Singapore, Frank, Ali and a team of native helpers roam the area from Northern Johore to Perak in search of interesting wild animals, reptiles and birds. Hoping to find a tiger, Buck captures a monitor lizard and a black leopard, while another black leopard narrowly escapes an encounter with a giant python and then battles a bigger and stronger tiger. After trapping a spotted leopard, Frank adopts a baby honey bear and a baby elephant. The team catches an orangutan, but the tiger eludes their camouflaged pit. Meanwhile, Frank visits the "bathing festival" of a local tribe and watches as tribesmen kill an intruding spotted leopard with blow darts. The tiger then meets an enormous regal python, who has just crushed a crocodile, and fights to a draw with it.

Starring: Frank Buck ..
Directed by: Clyde E. Elliott
Release date: 1932-12-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1932 : Igloo


8.1/10 IMDB

Documentary detailing the hardships of life among Alaskan Natives.

Starring: Gayne Whitman, Mala, Kyatuk, Toyuk, Lanak, Nahshook ..
Directed by: Ewing Scott
Release date: 1932-07-14

This Naked Age

5.1/10 IMDB

"This Nude World" is a groundbreaking 1932 "documentary" celebrating the age-old tradition of playing volleyball in you socks... and nothing else. The film purports to pose probing questions about the morality of nudist colonies o cover its actual aim of getting naked people on screen... primarily in long shots. A highlight of the film is the peeks at the phenomena in Germany, France (including Lido de Paris) and the United States along with wonderful pre-WWII footage of the cities visited A real hoot. It passed the National Board of Review in 1932.

Starring: Leo Donnelly, Kienne de Mongeot, Ilka Dieball, Gaston Durville ..
Directed by: Michael Mindlin
Release date: 1932-11-14
Best Documentary Movies of 1932 : Screen Snapshots (Series 12, No. 2)

Screen Snapshots (Series 12, No. 2)

7.2/10 IMDB

A Columbia Pictures promotional short which explains how a movie is made.

Starring: Harriet Parsons, Frank Capra, Nils Asther, Toshia Mori ..
Directed by: Ralph Staub
Release date: 1932-06-17

Microscopic Mysteries

6.7/10 IMDB

This short film takes a look through a microscope's lens at insect life.

Starring: Pete Smith ..
Directed by: Hugo Lund
Release date: 1932-10-18
Best Documentary Movies of 1932 : Snow Birds

Snow Birds

6.2/10 IMDB

This Pete Smith Sports Champion short visits Southern California where it quickly moves from orange orchards to the mountain snow playground at Big Pines L.A. County Camp for some winter sports including sledding, skating, and ski jumping.

Starring: Pete Smith ..
Directed by: Jules White
Release date: 1932-08-20

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