Best Documentary Movies of 1939


Spare Time

6.3/10 IMDB

Documentary short by Humphrey Jennings

Directed by: Humphrey Jennings
Release date: 1939-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1939 : The Lion Has Wings

The Lion Has Wings

5.7/10 IMDB

This early, influential propaganda film blends documentary and studio footage to show the valiant efforts of the Royal Air Force to defend the British people against the Nazis.

Starring: Merle Oberon, Ralph Richardson, June Duprez, Flora Robson, Robert Douglas, Anthony Bushell, Brian Worth, Austin Trevor, Ivan Brandt, G.H. Mulcaster ..
Directed by: Adrian Brunel, Brian Desmond Hurst, Michael Powell, Alexander Korda
Release date: 1939-11-03

Hollywood Hobbies

5.7/10 IMDB

In this short film, two starstruck movie fans hire a tour guide and see a plethora of Hollywood stars.

Starring: Joyce Compton, Sally Payne, William Benedict, Milton Berle, Joe E. Brown, Virginia Bruce, James Cagney, Joan Davis, Reginald Denny, Buddy Ebsen ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1939-05-03
Best Documentary Movies of 1939 : Fighting Soldiers

Fighting Soldiers

7.3/10 IMDB

In the middle of 1938, Kamei Fumio and his film crew got themselves attached to an infantry regiment which they followed around through China for about four months, filming their marching and their fighting and their waiting and their dying - in short, their suffering, and not theirs alone, but also that of the people around them, their designated enemies.

Directed by: Fumio Kamei
Release date: 1939-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1939 : Sword of the Samurai

Sword of the Samurai

6.5/10 IMDB

A short documentary detailing the forging of a katana

Release date: 1939-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1939 : Artie Shaw's Class in Swing

Artie Shaw's Class in Swing

6.5/10 IMDB

This film is less a typical musical short and more like an educational film. It consists of a narrator describing the music, composition and style of a big band.

Starring: Artie Shaw, Helen Forrest, Buddy Rich ..
Directed by: Leslie M. Roush
Release date: 1939-01-01

Rural Hungary

6.3/10 IMDB

A visit to the rural agricultural areas of Hungary where the people lead very traditional lifestyles.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Directed by: James A. FitzPatrick
Release date: 1939-04-29
Best Documentary Movies of 1939 : A Day at Denham

A Day at Denham

6.6/10 IMDB

A look at London Film Productions' studios at Denham.

Release date: 1939-05-03

Heroes at Leisure

6.4/10 IMDB

This short film focuses on a group of lifeguards from a Southern California beach during the off season.

Starring: Pete Smith ..
Directed by: Charles T. Trego
Release date: 1939-02-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1939 : If War Should Come

If War Should Come

6.0/10 IMDB

Produced shortly before the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, If War Should Come was one of the last films to be produced by the GPO Film Unit before it was re-named the Crown Film Unit and incorporated into the Films Division of the Ministry of Information.

Starring: Jack Livesey ..
Release date: 1939-09-17

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