Best Documentary Movies of 1938

1.

Czechoslovakia on Parade

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

This FitzPatrick Traveltalk series short looks at Czechoslovakia before World War II, including images of bridges, churches, and castles in Prague, also a non-military parade through the city.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1938-06-11
Best Documentary Movies of 1938 : English Harvest
2.

English Harvest

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Documentary short made by Humphrey Jennings

Starring: A.G. Street ..
Directed by: Humphrey Jennings
Release date: 1938-02-03
3.

Singapore and Jahore

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A visit to Singapore, an essential port city in Britain's empire, established in 1813 when Raffles negotiated its separation from the independent Malay state of Jahor. The camera observes Singapore's traditional neighborhoods, trade, and small craft, which are dominated by people of Chinese ancestry. Then, we drive the modern causeway to Jahor's small capital, Johor Bahru, for a look at imposing buildings and a visit to the grounds of the sultan. The sultan's son invites the crew in, and we meet the sultan, "H.H." himself. The narrator relates the sultan's commitment to commerce, economic well-being, and tolerance, stemming in part from his European education.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1938-12-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1938 : Tree Trunk to Head
4.

Tree Trunk to Head

2.6
6.5/10 IMDB

“The personality of the sculptor Chaim Gross, his mannerisms, his characteristic method of work, his tendencies are all intimately disclosed in minute details, as though unobserved—a sort of candid-camera study. Dramatic form and cinematic structure endow the presentation with excitement, humor, and interest.” —Lewis Jacobs

Starring: Chaim Gross ..
Directed by: Lewis Jacobs
Release date: 1938-12-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1938 : The Farm
5.

The Farm

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Documentary short by Humphrey Jennings

Directed by: Humphrey Jennings
Release date: 1938-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1938 : Haiti
6.

Haiti

2.6
5.7/10 IMDB

A travelogue of Port-au-Prince, Haiti concentrating on the daily life and rhythm of tropical island life.

Directed by: Rudy Burckhardt
Release date: 1938-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1938 : The River
7.

The River

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

This short Depression-era documentary describes the importance of the Mississippi River to the United States and laments the environmental destruction committed in the name of progress, particularly farming and timber practices and their impact on impoverished farmers.

Starring: Thomas Chalmers ..
Directed by: Pare Lorentz
Release date: 1938-02-04
8.

Making Fashion

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

Documentary short by Humphrey Jennings

Directed by: Humphrey Jennings
Release date: 1938-01-01
9.

Madeira: 'Isle of Romance'

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk short takes the viewer to Madeira Island, the largest of the group of Madeira islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1938-10-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1938 : Breakdowns of 1938
10.

Breakdowns of 1938

2.3
7.7/10 IMDB

This was one of the annual "blooper" reels screened by the Warners Club, an organization of Warners actors, crew and executives. It was meant to poke fun at the flubs and bloopers that occurred ont the set of some of the major Warner Bros. pictures of 1938.

Starring: Eddie Acuff, Fay Bainter, Katharine Alexander, Robert Barrat, Ralph Bellamy, Mel Blanc, Humphrey Bogart, George Brent, Sheila Bromley, Claudette Colbert ..
Directed by: Bob Clampett
Release date: 1938-02-07

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