Best Documentary Movies of 1941
Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler In Action
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.
Main Street on the March!
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.
The people of Britain resist the German air force and navy with help from North America.
Kings of the Turf
This entry in The Sports Parade series shows us how Mortimer, a Standardbred horse, is trained for harness racing.
This documentary follows painter A.Y. Jackson on his canoe trips and on foot to the northern wilderness of Canada in autumn. This leading member of the Group of Seven discusses his approach to his subject matter and shows some of his paintings.
Safeguarding Military Information
World War II propaganda short which focuses on the dangers of inadvertent dispersal of military information.
Documentary about an average day during the Blitz.
Five and Under
Childcare for working women during the Second World War.
Lions on the Loose
In this Pete Smith Specialty short, two lion cubs escape from the zoo and go on an adventure.
You Can't Fool a Camera
This short starts out as a documentary. In a dramatization, Eadward Muybridge's photographic experiments prove that when a horse gallops, there are times when all four of the animal's feet are off the ground. We are then brought to the present, where MGM directors and their cinematographers are shown working on current productions. The film closes with closeups of the studio's major stars and a tribute to the studio's actors who have joined the armed forces.