Best Documentary Movies of 1944

1.

Naples Is a Battlefield

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

The capture of Naples, the first great European city to be liberated, revealed the magnitude of the tasks involved in re-creating the means of livelihood and the machinery of government in a devastated, starving and disease-ridden city.

Directed by: Jack Clayton
Release date: 1944-09-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1944 : Western Approaches
2.

Western Approaches

1.8
7.7/10 IMDB

A World War II drama-documentary showing the struggles of Merchant Navy seamen folliowing an attack by a U-Boat.

Directed by: Pat Jackson
Release date: 1944-12-02
3.

Soldier, Sailor

1.7
7.6/10 IMDB

Life aboard merchant ships with the Maritime Regiment of the Royal Artillery.

Starring: Ted Holliday, David Syme, Rosamund John, Charles Victor, Jean Kent, Jean Cadell, George Carney ..
Directed by: Alexander Shaw
Release date: 1944-06-01
4.

Some of the Best

1.6
6.9/10 IMDB

This film features highlights of MGM's productions from 1924 through 1943, in honor of the studio's twentieth anniversary.

Starring: Lewis Stone ..
Release date: 1944-01-01
5.

Grandpa Called It Art

1.5
6.4/10 IMDB

This MGM Passing Parade series short takes a look at changing definitions of art in the United States.

Starring: John Nesbitt, Sheldon Jett ..
Directed by: Walter Hart
Release date: 1944-07-15
Best Documentary Movies of 1944 : Roaming Through Arizona
6.

Roaming Through Arizona

1.4
6.1/10 IMDB

This Traveltalks entry focuses first on the architectural styles found in Arizona, then switches to the natural wonders in the state. After a visit to a dude ranch, the film ends with a rendition of "Home on the Range".

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Directed by: James A. FitzPatrick
Release date: 1944-06-03
Best Documentary Movies of 1944 : The Birds and the Beasts Were There
7.

The Birds and the Beasts Were There

1.3
5.7/10 IMDB

Visits to three animal parks in Miami, Florida: the Rare Bird Farm, with it's many chickens, cranes, and other birds; the Monkey Jungle, where the visitors are caged and the simian inhabitants roam freely; and finally the Parrot Jungle.

Starring: Knox Manning ..
Directed by: André de la Varre
Release date: 1944-12-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1944 : How to Fly the B-26 Airplane
8.

How to Fly the B-26 Airplane

1.3
5.4/10 IMDB

Documentary feature film depicting the training of young Lieutenant Jim Anthony as a pilot of the B-26 Marauder bomber. Dick, the captain charged with pilot instruction, leads Jim through every aspect of preparation to fly the bomber, going through a detailed checklist of pre-flight procedures, long before he allows Jim to turn an engine over. Once preparations are completed, Dick shows Jim the process of starting the engines, followed by take-off. In the air, further instruction helps Jim understand the various limits and capabilities of the aircraft. When one engine fails, Dick must simultaneously guide the limping plane back to a safe landing and explain to Jim each step of the procedure.

Starring: Don Porter, Craig Stevens, Frank Wilcox ..
Release date: 1944-03-14
Best Documentary Movies of 1944 : Hymn of the Nations
9.

Hymn of the Nations

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Conductor Arturo Toscanini is shown at his home in New York City and leading tenor Jan Peerce and the NBC Symphony Orchestra in Verdi's "Hymn of the Nations" and "Overture to 'La Forza del Destino.'"

Starring: Arturo Toscanini, Jan Peerce, Burgess Meredith, Walfredo Toscanini ..
Directed by: Alexander Hammid
Release date: 1944-12-31
10.

Army Air Forces - Pacific

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

General Henry H. 'Hap' Arnold summarizes U.S. Army and Army Air Force activities in the Pacific Theater of World War II in this short documentary film. Air attacks on Japanese held islands, the rescue of American troops under fire by the Japanese, and successful bombing missions are depicted.

Starring: Henry H. Arnold, Gordon Seagrave, Ennis Whitehead, James Doolittle, George C. Kenney, Douglas MacArthur, Joseph W. Stilwell ..
Release date: 1944-01-01

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