Best Documentary Movies of 1941


Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler In Action

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
Best Documentary Movies of 1941 : Main Street on the March!

Main Street on the March!

6.7/10 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
Best Documentary Movies of 1941 : Churchill's Island

Churchill's Island

6.3/10 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
Best Documentary Movies of 1941 : Kings of the Turf

Kings of the Turf

5.3/10 IMDB

This entry in The Sports Parade series shows us how Mortimer, a Standardbred horse, is trained for harness racing.

Starring: Knox Manning ..
Directed by: Del Frazier
Release date: 1941-09-27

Canadian Landscape

7.4/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Radford Crawley
Release date: 1941-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1941 : Safeguarding Military Information

Safeguarding Military Information

7.3/10 IMDB

World War II propaganda short which focuses on the dangers of inadvertent dispersal of military information.

Starring: Eddie Bracken, Walter Huston, Ginger Rogers ..
Directed by: Preston Sturges
Release date: 1941-01-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1941 : Ordinary People

Ordinary People

7.3/10 IMDB

Documentary about an average day during the Blitz.

Directed by: J.B. Holmes, Jack Lee
Release date: 1941-07-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1941 : Five and Under

Five and Under

6.4/10 IMDB

Childcare for working women during the Second World War.

Starring: Beatrix Lehmann ..
Directed by: Donald Alexander
Release date: 1941-01-02

Lions on the Loose

6.1/10 IMDB

In this Pete Smith Specialty short, two lion cubs escape from the zoo and go on an adventure.

Starring: Pete Smith, Marjorie Freeman ..
Directed by: Marjorie Freeman
Release date: 1941-05-24

You Can't Fool a Camera

5.8/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Frank Whitbeck ..
Release date: 1941-05-23

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