Best Documentary Movies of 1943

1.

Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

The fifth film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series, revealing the nature and process of the fight between the Soviet Union and Germany in the Second World War.

Starring: Anthony Veiller, Anthony Veiller, Ion Antonescu, Ion Antonescu, Nikolai Cherkasov, Nikolai Cherkasov, Miklós Horthy, Miklós Horthy, Alfred Jodl, Alfred Jodl ..
Directed by: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1943-11-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi
2.

Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

A propaganda film during World War II about a boy who grows up to become a Nazi soldier.

Starring: Adolf Hitler, Art Smith ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1943-01-15
3.

Victory Through Air Power

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

This is a unique film in Disney Production's history. This film is essentially a propaganda film selling Major Alexander de Seversky's theories about the practical uses of long range strategic bombing. Using a combination of animation humorously telling about the development of air warfare, the film switches to the Major illustrating his ideas could win the war for the allies.

Starring: Alexander P. de Seversky, Art Baker ..
Directed by: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, H. C. Potter
Release date: 1943-07-17
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Show-Business at War
4.

Show-Business at War

3.3
7.1/10 IMDB

A multi-studio effort to show the newsreel audience the progress of the Hollywood war effort.

Starring: Carole Lombard, Walt Disney, John Ford, Darryl F. Zanuck, Irving Berlin, Alfred Lunt, Jack Benny, Olivia de Havilland, Marlene Dietrich, Deanna Durbin ..
Directed by: Louis De Rochemont
Release date: 1943-05-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Why We Fight: The Battle of Britain
5.

Why We Fight: The Battle of Britain

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

The fourth of Frank Capra's Why We Fight series of seven propaganda films, which made the case for fighting and winning the Second World War. It was released in 1943 and concentrated on the German bombardment of the United Kingdom in anticipation of Operation Sea Lion, the planned German invasion.

Starring: Walter Huston, Frieda Inescort, John B. Hughes ..
Directed by: Frank Capra, Anthony Veiller
Release date: 1943-10-10
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Hemp for Victory
6.

Hemp for Victory

3.1
6.3/10 IMDB

An informational film produced to encourage farmers to grow hemp for the war effort during WW2. The film details the many industrial uses of hemp, including cloth and cordage, as well as a detailed history of the plant's use.

Starring: Lee D. Vickers ..
Directed by: Raymond Evans
Release date: 1943-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : A Welcome to Britain
7.

A Welcome to Britain

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

An uncredited Anthony Asquith is one of the directors of this WWII film (a joint UK/US production) which aims to explain British culture and character to the newly arrived American soldier. Starting with the ubiquitous pub visit, the film breezes through geography lessons, food and entertainment on the Home Front.

Starring: Burgess Meredith, Bob Hope, Jacob L. Devers, Felix Aylmer, Carla Lehmann, Beatrice Lillie, Johnnie Schofield, Beatrice Varley ..
Directed by: Burgess Meredith, Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1943-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : The Silent Village
8.

The Silent Village

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

The true story of the massacre of a small Czech village by the Nazis is retold as if it happened in Wales.

Directed by: Humphrey Jennings
Release date: 1943-09-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Why We Fight: Divide and Conquer
9.

Why We Fight: Divide and Conquer

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

The third film of Frank Capra's 'Why We Fight" propaganda film series, dealing with the Nazi conquest of Western Europe in 1940.

Starring: Knox Manning, Murray Alper, General Bergeret, Monte Blue, Karl Brandt, Maurice Brierre, Winston Churchill, Ann Codee, Richard Walther Darré, Charles de Gaulle ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak, Frank Capra
Release date: 1943-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Why We Fight: The Nazis Strike
10.

Why We Fight: The Nazis Strike

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

The second film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series. It introduces Germany as a nation whose aggressive ambitions began in 1863 with Otto von Bismarck and the Nazis as its latest incarnation.

Starring: Edvard Beneš, Neville Chamberlain, Clementine Churchill, Winston Churchill, Galeazzo Ciano, Édouard Daladier ..
Directed by: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1943-01-01
11.

Scenic Oregon

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series short begins along the mighty Columbia River, which empties into the Pacific Ocean at Portland. The river passes through three dams. The salmon have a difficult task of making it up Celilo Falls, a spot where many native fishermen await. Outside of Bend, Rasmus Petersen has constructed a miniature village composed primarily of volcanic rock, semi-precious stone and petrified wood. At Crater Lake National Park, its waters and its bears are our final views.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1943-06-26
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Don't Be a Sucker!
12.

Don't Be a Sucker!

2.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Propaganda short film depicting the rise of Nazism in Germany and how political propaganda is similarly used in the United States. The film was made to make the case for the desegregation of the United States armed forces.

Starring: Lloyd Nolan, Paul Lukas, Felix Bressart ..
Release date: 1943-06-04
13.

This Is Tomorrow

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

This John Nesbitt's Passing Parade short takes a look at the evolution of the American city, from the initially small farming village, to the eventually hectic, congested metropolis, to the future planned suburban community.

Starring: John Nesbitt ..
Release date: 1943-11-27
14.

Grand Canyon, Pride of Creation

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series short begins with a look at Arizona's Painted Desert. We then get two views of the Grand Canyon's majesty. The first is from the rim, looking down from an automobile. The second view is from within the canyon, where mules take tourists along the various trails.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1943-11-27
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : The Winged Scourge
15.

The Winged Scourge

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

The Seven Dwarfs fight malaria.

Starring: Art Baker ..
Directed by: Bill Justice
Release date: 1943-11-04
16.

Through the Colorado Rockies

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series entry on Colorado begins in Colorado Springs, then proceeds to Pike's Peak. We experience a train ride over Royal Gorge and the sights along the Gunnison River. In Palisade, Colorado, we see men on stilts picking the local peach crop in order to avoid ladder damage to the fragile fruit trees.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1943-10-22
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Swedes in America
17.

Swedes in America

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

1943 documentary with Ingrid Bergman.

Starring: Ingrid Bergman ..
Directed by: Irving Lerner
Release date: 1943-11-08
18.

Report from the Aleutians

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A documentary propaganda film produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps about the Aleutian Islands Campaign during World War II. The film opens with a map showing the strategic importance of the island, and the thrust of the 1942 Japanese offensive into Midway and Dutch Harbor. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Starring: John Huston, Walter Huston, Milton Ashkin, Lyle A. Bean ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1943-07-30
19.

Desert Victory

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A featureless land fit only for war, as the narrator, J. L. Hodson stated in the early scenes: "If war was to be fought then let it begin here". In endless miles of rock-strewn scrub desert, where civilians hardly existed. Desert Victory tells the story of the Allied campaign to drive Germany and Italy from North Africa is analysed, with the major portion of the film examining the battles at El Alamein, including some re-enactment. Won "Best Documentary Feature" at the 16th Academy Awards in 1944.

Starring: Harold Alexander, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Bernard L. Montgomery, Erwin Rommel, Claude Auchinleck, Alan Brooke, Alan Cunningham, Joseph Goebbels, Henry Harwood ..
Directed by: David MacDonald, Roy Boulting
Release date: 1943-04-12
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Plan for Destruction
20.

Plan for Destruction

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Plan for Destruction is a 1943 American short propaganda film directed by Edward Cahn. It looks at the Geopolitik ideas of the ex-World War I professor, General Karl Haushofer, who is portrayed as the head of a huge organization for gathering information of strategic value and the mastermind behind Adolf Hitler's wars and plans to enslave the world. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Starring: Lewis Stone, Frank Reicher, George Lynn, Frederick Giermann ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1943-04-22
21.

Land of Orizaba

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series short chronicles the sights and sounds on a train ride from Veracruz to Mexico City.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1943-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Storm
22.

Storm

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

A look at how the weather bureau tries to warn farmers and businessmen about approaching large storms. Although some precautions can be taken to lessen their impact, storms have to run their course, and there is really not much we can do about them.

Starring: John Nesbitt ..
Directed by: Paul Burnford
Release date: 1943-10-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Fala: The President's Dog
23.

Fala: The President's Dog

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

Fala was the famous Scotch Terrier owned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt during his last two presidential terms.

Directed by: Gunther von Fritsch
Release date: 1943-04-10
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Undercover: How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines
24.

Undercover: How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

A training film for OSS agents who are to be dropped behind enemy lines.

Starring: John Ford, Eddie Foster, Martín Garralaga, Cyril Ring, Pierre Watkin, Max Wagner, Osa Massen, Tom Quinn, Victor Varconi, Peter Lorre ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1943-01-01
25.

The Geography of the Body

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

A quotation from Aristophanes, "The desire and pursuit of the whole is called love," precedes views of a man and a woman's bodies, often in extreme close up. Off-screen, a voice recites fragments of oracular literature and purple prose. We see an eye, an ear, a mouth, a tongue, bits of hair, a hand, the tips of fingers, toes. Occasionally, the frame includes a larger scape of a body: a chest, a back, a breast. Usually the camera is stationery; sometimes, it moves across a body, remaining in close up. They hold hands for one moment. The bodies are without clothes; no genitalia are visible.

Starring: George Barker, Willard Maas, Marie Menken ..
Directed by: Willard Maas
Release date: 1943-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Combat America
26.

Combat America

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

Produced in 1943 under the guidance of Army Air Force Lieutenant Clark Gable, this film follows a single 8th Air Force B-17 crew from training through a series of missions over Europe.

Starring: Clark Gable, Bob Hope, Frances Langford ..
Release date: 1943-01-01
27.

Mexican Police on Parade

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series short showcases the Mexico City police department's various units as they participate in a yearly festival. Included are a marching band, a parade of patrol cars, the motorcycle unit, equestrian unit, and the department's pistol team.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1943-02-27
28.

Romantic Nevada

2.5
6.4/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series short opens with views of Nevada's natural wonders, then visits a mining town and a dude ranch. It's then on to Reno.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1943-04-24
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Cavalcade of Dance
29.

Cavalcade of Dance

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

Ballroom dancers Veloz and Yolanda perform the various dance fads of the first half of the twentieth century.

Starring: Veloz, Yolanda, Art Gilmore ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1943-10-03
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : First Aid
30.

First Aid

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

This Pete Smith Specialty is a semihumorous look at basic first aid techniques for mishaps that often occur around the house. It was produced in cooperation with the Beverly Hills First Aid Unit of the American Red Cross Disaster Service. —David Glagovsky

Starring: Sally Eilers, Leila Hyams, Eileen Percy, Kenneth Brown, Frankie Manning, Edna Harris ..
Directed by: Will Jason
Release date: 1943-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Youth in Crisis
31.

Youth in Crisis

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

There is a vast increase of youth crime, doubling in the two years since the US entered World War II. With fathers off to war, women are working in the factories leaving children at home for the day or after school, unsupervised and free to get into trouble. Young men and women, some working and making an adult wage, now feel that they have the right to act and do as adults. Others are trying their hands at new thrills, such as smoking marijuana. Young women are getting into trouble by getting involved with the many servicemen that they are attracted to. This film shows how these kinds of subversive thoughts that lead to juvenile delinquency can be broken by having youths selling war bonds and organizing 4-H clubs, among other activities.

Starring: J. Edgar Hoover, Lewis B. Hershey ..
Directed by: Louis De Rochemont
Release date: 1943-11-05
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : The Grain That Built a Hemisphere
32.

The Grain That Built a Hemisphere

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

This animated documentary outlines the history and importance of corn in North America.

Directed by: Bill Justice
Release date: 1943-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Food and Magic
33.

Food and Magic

2.3
5.7/10 IMDB

A sideshow barker uses magic and visual aids to alert the public that proper food management is both a resource and a weapon that could be to America's advantage if conserved properly in winning the then current World War.

Starring: Jack Carson, Faye Emerson, Fred Kelsey, Bill Kennedy, Mark Stevens, Dink Trout ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1943-11-18
34.

Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter

2.2
5.3/10 IMDB

Military training film on the characteristics, capabilities, weaknesses, and recognition of the World War II Japanese fighter aircraft known as the Zero.

Starring: Art Gilmore, Ronald Reagan, Harvey Stephens, Craig Stevens ..
Directed by: Bernard Vorhaus
Release date: 1943-02-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : The Tree in a Test Tube
35.

The Tree in a Test Tube

2.1
4.6/10 IMDB

Stan and Ollie are stopped by narrator Pete Smith for the purpose of showing the audience how much wood and wood by-products the average person carries. Stan and Ollie then begin to open their pockets and briefcase, pulling out a variety of things that derive from the tree. The narrator talks all the way through this short film (about 7 minutes long). The idea is that scientists can put everything that comes from the tree into one test tube.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Lee Vickers, Pete Smith ..
Directed by: Charles McDonald
Release date: 1943-12-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Cameramen at War
36.

Cameramen at War

2.1
6.4/10 IMDB

A tribute to the cameramen of the newsreel companies and the service film units, in the form of a compilation of film of the cameramen themselves, their training and some of their most dramatic film.

Starring: Raymond Glendenning, Harold Alexander, Teddy Ashwood ..
Directed by: Len Lye
Release date: 1943-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Reconnaissance Pilot
37.

Reconnaissance Pilot

1.7
7.8/10 IMDB

Documentary/training film depicting the duties of a pilot in the Pacific Theatre of the Second World War as he flies reconnaissance missions over enemy-held islands.

Starring: William Holden, Kim Hunter, Arthur Kennedy, George O'Hanlon, Walter Baldwin, Ralph Byrd, William Forrest, Selmer Jackson, Dorothy Peterson, Don Porter ..
Release date: 1943-01-25
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Words and Actions
38.

Words and Actions

1.6
7.3/10 IMDB

Information on the different groups and organizations that are there to help the population during wartime.

Starring: Colin Wills ..
Directed by: Max Anderson
Release date: 1943-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Stars on Horseback
39.

Stars on Horseback

1.6
6.3/10 IMDB

A profile of blacksmith George Garfield, among whose Hollywood clients were the horses of Joel McCrea and Guinn "Big Boy" Williams.

Starring: Lou Marcelle, George Garfield, Jerry Colonna, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Tim Holt, Priscilla Lane, Joan Leslie, Joel McCrea, Dennis Morgan ..
Directed by: Myron J. Swartz
Release date: 1943-04-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Summer on the Farm
40.

Summer on the Farm

1.6
6.7/10 IMDB

A look at the rural farming community during WW II and how farmers help stop food shortages during the war.

Directed by: Ralph Keene
Release date: 1943-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Forgotten Treasure
41.

Forgotten Treasure

1.6
7.1/10 IMDB

This John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series short highlights the film preservation efforts of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Several scenes from early newsreels are shown.

Starring: John Nesbitt, Roger Moore, Emmett Vogan, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Winston Churchill, King Edward VIII, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft ..
Directed by: Sammy Lee
Release date: 1943-07-24
42.

Learn and Live

1.6
5.8/10 IMDB

Joe Instructor, an Army Air Forces flight instructor, visits Pilot Heaven and has a discussion with Saint Peter about the unacceptable number of pilots who have died and gone to heaven without ever getting into combat, all as a result of haphazard or inattentive flying. Joe points out several pilots as examples and tells Saint Peter just what they did wrong that landed them in Pilot Heaven.

Starring: Guy Kibbee, Mel Blanc, George Offerman, Jr., James Seay, Craig Stevens ..
Directed by: Bernard Vorhaus
Release date: 1943-11-26
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Inside Tibet
43.

Inside Tibet

1.6
6.1/10 IMDB

On the journey from Gangtok, India, to Lhasa, Tibet during World War II. The party journeys through Natu La and Kechu La passes, stops at the British trail station, Gyantse, reviews troops of Tropji Regiment and is ferried across the Brahmaputra River. Scenes of Tibetan natives, terrain, travel facilities, housing, a New Year religious festival, the Dalai Lama's palaces in Lhasa and monasteries.

Release date: 1943-01-24
44.

Mighty Niagara

1.5
6.5/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk entry visits places along the Niagara River and gives the viewer spectacular images of Niagara Falls.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1943-01-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1943 : Corvette Port Arthur
45.

Corvette Port Arthur

1.5
6.5/10 IMDB

This short documentary examines the role of convoy ships during World War II, focusing on the Corvette Port Arthur. The corvette, a highly mobile weapon of destruction, is used to combat German U-boats and escort convoys through the Atlantic Ocean. Following the corvette through an encounter with an enemy submarine, the film offers a glimpse into a day in the life of the Royal Canadian Navy.

Directed by: Joris Ivens
Release date: 1943-01-02
46.

Salt Lake Diversions

1.5
6.3/10 IMDB

About an hour's drive from Salt Lake City, Utah is the ski resort of Alta, a former mining town, nestled within the Wasatch Mountains. Skiing and other winter alpine pursuits take place well into mid-spring. The relatively new ski lift is one of the longest in the western US. Some ride the lift not to ski down but to glance at the view from the 1,500 foot summit. Being the end of May, people at nearby Salt Lake are instead enjoying more summerly pursuits, such as boating. Behind only the Dead Sea, it ranks second among all large inland lakes for the saline content at 27%, the buoyancy from which makes it almost impossible to sink in. On shore at Black Rock Beach of the Bonneville Salt Flats is the site of many attempts of land speed records, most records held by Ab Jenkins. Another popular activity in the lake itself is the crystallization of salt around wire forms, the process which requires relatively still water and takes about two hours.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1943-12-25
47.

Over the Andes

1.5
6.3/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series short looks over the South American Andes mountains, and the South American west coast, also Rio de Janeiro.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1943-09-25
48.

Motoring in Mexico

1.5
6.3/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series short takes viewers along the Pacific International Highway, which starts in Mexico City (not seen) and proceeds west to Acapulco. We see the Spanish colonial architecture in Morelia, the famous Popocatépetl Volcano, and Acapulco's famous cliff divers and beaches.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1943-05-23
49.

Hit Parade of the Gay Nineties

1.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Newsreel-type short about music from the 1890s making a resurgence in the '40s

Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1943-09-18
50.

On the Road to Monterrey

1.4
6.1/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series short visits three cities in Mexico. We start in the village of San Miguel de Allende, known for its churches. A monastery has been converted to a school of arts. The second stop is Queréaro, where a 5-mile-long aqueduct built hundreds of years ago is still functional. It was near this city that Emperor Maximilian was executed in 1867. Then it is on to Monterrey, the large industrial city whose nickname is the Pittsburgh of Mexico. Here are steel mills, other factories, and the largest brewery in Latin America.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1943-03-27

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