Best Documentary Movies of 1936

1.

Night Mail

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

This documentary short examines the special train on which mail is sorted, dropped and collected on the run, and delivered in Scotland on the overnight run from Euston, London to Glasgow.

Starring: Arthur Clark, John Grierson, Stuart Legg, Robert Rae ..
Directed by: Harry Watt, Basil Wright
Release date: 1936-01-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1936 : Rio de Janeiro 'City of Splendour'
2.

Rio de Janeiro 'City of Splendour'

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

This Traveltalks short showcases the sights and sounds of Rio de Janeiro, emphasizing its Portuguese influence.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1936-04-18
3.

Cherry Blossom Time in Japan

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

In this Traveltalk short, the symbolic role of cherry blossoms in Japanese culture is explored as well as the traditional Japanese religions of Shintoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1936-03-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1936 : The Plow That Broke the Plains
4.

The Plow That Broke the Plains

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A documentary about what happened to the Great Plains of the United States and Canada when uncontrolled farming destroyed the soil and led to the Dust Bowl.

Starring: Thomas Chalmers, Bam White ..
Directed by: Pare Lorentz
Release date: 1936-05-10
Best Documentary Movies of 1936 : The Story of the Jonker Diamond
5.

The Story of the Jonker Diamond

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

Re-enactment of how the 726-carat Jonker diamond was discovered in South Africa in 1905 by the family of Jacobus Jonker; how it was sold to Harry Winston; and how it was cut by Lazarre Kaplan.

Starring: Pete Smith, Nat Carr, John Hyams, Hugh Marlowe, Louis Mason, Louis Natheaux ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1936-03-27
6.

Eternal Forest

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

Intended as a cinematic proof for the shared destiny of the German woods and the German people beyond the vicissitudes of history, Ewiger Wald portrays a perfect symbiosis of an eternal forest and a likewise eternal people firmly rooted in it between Neolithic and National Socialist times.

Directed by: Hanns Springer, Rolf von Sonjevski-Jamrowski
Release date: 1936-06-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1936 : Harnessed Rhythm
7.

Harnessed Rhythm

2.2
6.3/10 IMDB

This Sports Parade series entry follows the life of Dixie Dan, a harness racehorse, from birth through age three.

Starring: Pete Smith ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1936-06-06
Best Documentary Movies of 1936 : Screen Snapshots (Series 16, No. 1)
8.

Screen Snapshots (Series 16, No. 1)

2.1
9.3/10 IMDB

Viewers are provided a visit to Ken Maynard's private circus; Bette Davis poses for her portrait; Frank McHugh plays with his children; a visit to the West Side Tennis Club affords glimpses of many stars.

Starring: Bette Davis, Jimmy Durante, Pat O’Brien, Merle Oberon, David Niven, Nigel Bruce, Fred MacMurray, Marjorie Main, George Murphy, Wayne Morris ..
Directed by: Ralph Staub
Release date: 1936-09-11
9.

St. Helena and Its 'Man of Destiny'

1.5
6.4/10 IMDB

The remote island of St. Helena, a British possession located in the south Atlantic, is perhaps best known as where Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled/imprisoned for the final six years of his life and where he died in 1821. His legacy on the island remains today, despite his body being disinterred and moved back to France in 1840. His home was at Longwood, one area of the island now ceded to the French in respect of its former resident. The island was discovered and named by the Portuguese in 1502. Until the British took over, many other European countries had or wanted possession of the island because of its location along natural trade routes. Jamestown is the island's only port, named after King James. With 4,000 inhabitants, St. Helena is self supporting, growing primarily potatoes and flax. However, its primary economic generator is the sale of the rare St. Helena postage stamp.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1936-07-08
10.

Yellowstone Park: 'Nature's Playground'

1.5
6.4/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series short showcases the natural wonders in one of the USA's most famous national parks. Waterfalls, grizzly bears, and the Old Faithful geyser are featured.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Directed by: James H. Smith
Release date: 1936-10-01

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