Best Documentary Movies of 1935


A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio

6.2/10 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 : Pitcairn Island Today

Pitcairn Island Today

6.2/10 IMDB

This visit to Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific Ocean shows that life for the residents has changed little in the years since Fletcher Christian and his fellow mutineers on HMS Bounty, along with several Tahitian natives, landed here. The island is self-sufficient and has few visitors. Among the islanders we see at work is Fletcher Christian's great-grandson.

Starring: Carey Wilson ..
Release date: 1935-05-25
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 ..
Directed by: Natalie Kalmus
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


5.8/10 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
Best Documentary Movies of 1935 : Things You Never See on the Screen

Things You Never See on the Screen

5.9/10 IMDB

Collection of Warner's stars blundering through missed takes.

Starring: Robert Armstrong, Johnny Arthur, Busby Berkeley, Joan Blondell, George Brent, James Cagney, Anne Canova, Judy Canova, Zeke Canova, Leo Carrillo ..
Release date: 1935-12-01

About Bananas

4.8/10 IMDB

This is a silent promotional film about bananas, using title cards.

Release date: 1935-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1935 : BBC: The Voice of Britain

BBC: The Voice of Britain

8.5/10 IMDB

An impressionistic portrait of the BBC.

Starring: Gilbert Keith Chesterton, H.G. Wells, Stuart Hibberd, Rev 'Dick' Sheppard, Val Gielgud, John Sharman, Humphrey Jennings, Adrian Boult, Queen Consort of George V Mary, Ramsay MacDonald ..
Directed by: Stuart Legg
Release date: 1935-07-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1935 : A Dream Comes True

A Dream Comes True

7.7/10 IMDB

A promotional short to hype the production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935).

Starring: Addison Richards, Ross Alexander, Binnie Barnes, Freddie Bartholomew, George Brent, Joe E. Brown, Virginia Bruce, James Cagney, Leo Carrillo, Hobart Cavanaugh ..
Release date: 1935-12-31

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