Best Documentary Movies of 1941

1.

The Reluctant Dragon

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Humorist Robert Benchley attempts to find Walt Disney to ask him to adapt a short story about a gentle dragon who would rather recite poetry than be ferocious. Along the way, he is given a tour of Walt Disney Studios, and learns about the animation process.

Starring: Robert Benchley, Frances Gifford, Buddy Pepper, Nana Bryant, Claud Allister, Barnett Parker, Billy Lee, Florence Gill, Clarence Nash, Ward Kimball ..
Directed by: Hamilton Luske
Release date: 1941-06-19
Best Documentary Movies of 1941 : Kukan: The Battle Cry of China
2.

Kukan: The Battle Cry of China

3.5
8.7/10 IMDB

Rey Scott received an Honorary Academy Award for this documentary "For his extraordinary achievement in producing Kukan, the film record of China's struggle, including its photography with a 16mm camera under the most difficult and dangerous conditions."

Starring: Niles Welch ..
Directed by: Rey Scott
Release date: 1941-06-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1941 : Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler In Action
3.

Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler In Action

3.1
6.8/10 IMDB

Chronicles combat action of Hitler's elite bodyguard regiment from 1940 to 1941. From Rotterdam to Greece, German frontline cameramen captured footage of early victorious campaigns. Scenes of camp life and ceremonies convey an impression of the comradeship, pride, and elan of this mighty military formation.

Starring: Harry Geise, Adolf Hitler, Erwin Rommel, Sepp Dietrich ..
Release date: 1941-10-31
4.

When the Pie Was Opened

3.1
6.3/10 IMDB

Surrealism, avant-garde sound montage, and irreverent wit might be the last thing you'd expect from a government-sponsored film about wartime cookery. But director, artist, animator and all-round firework of a man Len Lye specialised in the unexpected. A simple tale of a mother cheering up her daughter with a pie from her rationing-stricken pantry (interestingly the war is never directly referred to) is skilfully crafted into a work of real artistic depth, while retaining an unpretentious charm.

Starring: Valerie Forrest, Hilda Masters ..
Directed by: Len Lye
Release date: 1941-01-01
5.

Christmas Under Fire

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

How Britain coped with a Christmas during the war.

Starring: Quentin Reynolds ..
Directed by: Charles Hasse, Harry Watt
Release date: 1941-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1941 : Main Street on the March!
6.

Main Street on the March!

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

This Best Short Subject Academy Award winning film begins in the spring of 1940, just before the Nazi occupation of the Benelux countries, and ends immediately after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It chronicles how the people of "Main Street America", the country's military forces, and its industrial base were completely transformed when the decision was made to gear up for war. Original footage is interspersed with contemporary newsreels and stock footage.

Starring: John Nesbitt, Barbara Bedford, Margaret Bert, Robert Blake, Naomi Childers, Mark Daniels, Robert Homans, Milton Kibbee, May McAvoy ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1941-12-09
7.

Mediterranean Ports of Call

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk short visits the ports of Algiers and Monaco in the Mediterranean.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Directed by: James A. FitzPatrick
Release date: 1941-01-04
8.

Army Champions

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

This Pete Smith Specialty short focuses on the young men who have signed up for the U.S. Army. The film uses the analogy of the speed, accuracy, and teamwork of sports and how these qualities are translated into the weapons training of American soldiers. We watch target practice by Army personnel with shoulder weapons, mortars, and various artillery pieces.

Starring: Pete Smith ..
Directed by: Paul Vogel
Release date: 1941-10-11
Best Documentary Movies of 1941 : Churchill's Island
9.

Churchill's Island

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

The people of Britain resist the German air force and navy with help from North America.

Starring: Lorne Greene, GĂ©rard Arthur ..
Directed by: Stuart Legg
Release date: 1941-01-01
10.

Glimpses of Florida

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series entry takes the viewer to a number of locations throughout the state of Florida.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Directed by: James A. FitzPatrick
Release date: 1941-09-06

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