Best Documentary Movies of 1942


Saludos Amigos

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

Why We Fight: Prelude to War

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

The Film That Was Lost

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 : Listen to Britain

Listen to Britain

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 ..
Directed by: Humphrey Jennings, Stewart McAllister
Release date: 1942-04-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : The Battle of Midway

The Battle of Midway

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 : Torpedo Squadron

Torpedo Squadron

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

Winning Your Wings

6.4/10 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 : Out of the Frying Pan Into the Firing Line

Out of the Frying Pan Into the Firing Line

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
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : Famous Boners

Famous Boners

6.4/10 IMDB

This Passing Parade series entry looks at three instances of people who either caused or were the victims of errors.

Starring: John Nesbitt, Ian Wolfe, Joe Yule, Edward McWade, Margaret Bert ..
Directed by: Douglas Foster
Release date: 1942-10-24
Best Documentary Movies of 1942 : Marines in the Making

Marines in the Making

5.8/10 IMDB

This short film shows U.S. Marines in training at a number of unidentified bases, with a focus on hand-to-hand combat.

Starring: Pete Smith, Charles Horvath ..
Directed by: Herbert Polesie
Release date: 1942-12-26

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