Best Documentary Movies of 1942

1.

Saludos Amigos

3.9
6.1/10 IMDB

Live-action segments show members of the Disney staff touring South America and recording their impressions in sketches. These segue into four animated sections: "Lake Titicaca" depicts tourist Donald Duck's troubles with a stubborn llama; and in "Aquarela do Brasil," Jose Carioca shows Donald the sights and sound of Rio de Janeiro.

Starring: José Oliveira, Fred Shields, Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Clarence Nash, Lee Blair ..
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, William Roberts, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney, Norman Ferguson
Release date: 1942-08-24
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : Why We Fight: Prelude to War
2.

Why We Fight: Prelude to War

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Prelude to War was the first film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series, commissioned by the Pentagon and George C. Marshall. It was made to convince American troops of the necessity of combating the Axis Powers during World War II. This film examines the differences between democratic and fascist states.

Starring: Walter Huston, Max Schmeling ..
Directed by: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1942-05-27
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : Listen to Britain
3.

Listen to Britain

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

A depiction of life in wartime England during the Second World War. Director Humphrey Jennings visits many aspects of civilian life and of the turmoil and privation caused by the war, all without narration.

Starring: Chesney Allen, Leonard Brockington, Bud Flanagan, Myra Hess, Joseph Macleod, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother ..
Directed by: Humphrey Jennings, Stewart McAllister
Release date: 1942-04-01
4.

The Film That Was Lost

3.3
7.7/10 IMDB

In this John Nesbitt's Passing Parade short, a look is taken at the problems of film preservation efforts in the 1930s and early 1940s.

Starring: John Nesbitt ..
Directed by: Sammy Lee
Release date: 1942-10-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : The Battle of Midway
5.

The Battle of Midway

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

The Japanese attack on Midway in June 1942, filmed as it happened.

Starring: Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, Irving Pichel ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1942-09-14
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : South of the Border with Disney
6.

South of the Border with Disney

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

Disney short.

Starring: Walt Disney, Heitor Villa-Lobos ..
Directed by: Jack Cutting, Norman Ferguson
Release date: 1942-11-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : Torpedo Squadron
7.

Torpedo Squadron

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

John Ford splices together footage of Torpedo Squadron 8, all but one of whom were later shot down and killed in the Battle of Midway.

Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1942-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : Winning Your Wings
8.

Winning Your Wings

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Winning Your Wings is a 1942 short American World War II recruitment film produced by Warner Bros. Studios for the US Army Air Forces, starring Jimmy Stewart. It was aimed at young men who were thinking about joining the Air Force.

Starring: James Stewart, Jean Ames, Leah Baird, Don DeFore, Charles Drake, Bill Edwards, Inez Gay, Creighton Hale, Adolf Hitler ..
Directed by: John Huston, Owen Crump
Release date: 1942-05-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : The Woman in the House
9.

The Woman in the House

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

This short looks at the illness anthropophobia, the fear of people. In 1901, young Catherine Starr, who lives in a small English coastal town, has an argument with her fiancé. He leaves her house, goes off to serve in the Boer War, and dies of malaria. Catherine blames herself for his death and fears others will also blame her. She does not leave her house for forty years. Groceries are delivered to the house, but no one sees who retrieves them. When the Nazis bomb her house in September 1941, she is forced to cope with the outside world.

Starring: John Nesbitt, Ann Richards, Peter Cushing, Mark Daniels ..
Directed by: Sammy Lee
Release date: 1942-05-09
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : Out of the Frying Pan Into the Firing Line
10.

Out of the Frying Pan Into the Firing Line

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Documentary short film demonstrating the process by which waste fats from the kitchens of American homes can be transformed into the raw materials for explosives for the war effort.

Starring: Thelma Boardman ..
Directed by: Ben Sharpsteen
Release date: 1942-07-29

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