Best Documentary Movies of 1935


A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio

6.3/10 IMDB

This short shows the entrances of the various Hollywood studios, then specifically visits Warner Bros. / First National Studios. We start at the casting office, then see Busby Berkeley and choreographer Bobby Connolly working with chorus girls on production numbers. Then come some candid shots of several contract stars. Finally we see comedian Hugh Herbert filming a scene for an upcoming release, then the various behind the scenes steps that transition the raw film in the camera into the finished product.

Starring: William Ray, Arthur Aylesworth, Busby Berkeley, Bobby Connolly, Hugh Herbert, Rudy Vallee, Jean Muir, Warren William, Alice White, Pat O’Brien ..
Directed by: Ralph Staub
Release date: 1935-02-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1935 : Housing Problems

Housing Problems

6.3/10 IMDB

The problem of slum dwellings in the 1930s.

Directed by: Edgar Anstey, Arthur Elton
Release date: 1935-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1935 : Starlit Days at the Lido

Starlit Days at the Lido

6.0/10 IMDB

Basically this is a commercial for Hollywood's Lido Lounge and for MGM contract players. The Lido is a large watering hole; we visit one afternoon with an orchestra playing, all sorts of stars and would-be stars sitting at tables near the pool alongside paying customers, and bathing beauties parading and diving. The Lido's manager, Reggy Denny, introduces the stars in the audience. He's sometimes interrupted by someone who does a bit, sings a song, or otherwise entertains: most of these are novelty acts. By the end, everyone's having a swell time.

Starring: The Radio Rogues, Eddie Bartell, Jimmy Hollywood, Henry Busse, Henry Busse and His Orchestra, Three Radio Rogues, Henry Taylor, Donald Grayson, Arthur Lake, The Fanchonettes ..
Release date: 1935-09-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1935 : Los Angeles: 'Wonder City of the West'

Los Angeles: 'Wonder City of the West'

6.5/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series short visits Los Angeles, California. In one of the highlights of the film, narrator James FitzPatrick visits the Disney cartoon studio and shakes hands with Walt Disney.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick, Walt Disney ..
Release date: 1935-03-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1935 : Audioscopiks


5.7/10 IMDB

After the audience is instructed how to use the 3-D glasses they received, demonstrations of three-dimensional films are presented. Various objects move towards the camera, including a ladder being shoved out a window, the slide on a trombone, a woman on a swing, and a thrown baseball.

Starring: Pete Smith ..
Directed by: Jacob Leventhal, John Norling
Release date: 1935-12-26

Honolulu: The Paradise of the Pacific

6.3/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk short visits Hawaii's capital city.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Directed by: Ruth FitzPatrick
Release date: 1935-11-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1935 : Royal Cavalcade

Royal Cavalcade

6.9/10 IMDB

Made in commemoration and celebration of the Jubilee of King George V, this is the story of the first twenty-five years of his reign, told through the many travels of a penny that was minted in the year of his accession: 1910. Through a series of individual stories, Royal Cavalcade covers a period of striking change in every area of life – from the suffragette movement to the trenches of World War One, the effects of the Depression to single events such as the first ever Royal Command Performance, featuring Anna Pavlova and George Robey.

Directed by: Walter Summers, Thomas Bentley, Marcel Varnel, Herbert Brenon, Norman Lee, W.P. Kellino
Release date: 1935-04-15

Trained Hoofs

6.5/10 IMDB

This short film focuses on how racehorses are trained.

Starring: Pete Smith ..
Directed by: David Miller
Release date: 1935-10-12

Modern Tokyo

6.5/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series short looks at pre-World War II Tokyo, highlighting the influences of Western culture.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1935-12-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1935 : Workers and Jobs

Workers and Jobs

6.3/10 IMDB

Public information film aimed at the unemployed, commissioned by the Ministry of Labour.

Directed by: Arthur Elton
Release date: 1935-03-01

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