Best Documentary Movies of 1946


Seeds of Destiny

6.4/10 IMDB

Oscar winning postwar propaganda film in support of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Strident but poignant, focusing on children. The film surveys the Nazi/Japanese atrocities, post-war devastation and the early relief efforts. This film was responsible for raising over $200,000,000, making it a top moneymaking film.

Starring: Ralph Bellamy ..
Directed by: David Miller
Release date: 1946-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Facing Your Danger

Facing Your Danger

6.3/10 IMDB

Part of Warner Bros.' The Sports Parade series, this short film chronicles the attempt by a group of men to navigate the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon to Lake Mead. Led by Norman D. Nevills, nine men undertake a nineteen days trip in three specially built rowboats through the more than 200 rapids, some which run at 30 mph. Along the way, they see the remnants of previous expeditions, including wrecked boats and even a skeleton. They also visit abandoned Pueblo Indian cave dwellings.

Starring: Knox Manning ..
Directed by: Edwin E. Olsen
Release date: 1946-05-11
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Looking at London

Looking at London

6.4/10 IMDB

A colorful travelogue of London's most historic buildings and the residual damage still left from WWII.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1946-06-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Traffic with the Devil

Traffic with the Devil

6.5/10 IMDB

This "Theater of Life" series short looks at traffic problems in Los Angeles, California, as described and experienced by Sgt. Charles Reineke, a traffic enforcement officer with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Starring: Charles Reineke, Ben Hall, Ralph Montgomery, Jason Robards Sr., Gil Perkins ..
Directed by: Gunther von Fritsch
Release date: 1946-08-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Smart as a Fox

Smart as a Fox

5.8/10 IMDB

In this short film, a fox cub experiences life in the forest.

Starring: Knox Manning ..
Release date: 1946-04-27
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Deadline for Action

Deadline for Action

5.7/10 IMDB

How left-wing labor unions engaged in political activism to combat corporate influence on the U.S. Congress in the years following World War II.

Directed by: Carl Marzani
Release date: 1946-01-01

Land of Promise

7.5/10 IMDB

Described as a 'film argument' about homes and houses, this film is in three parts showing houses as they were, houses as they are and houses as they might be.

Starring: Frederick Allen, Elizabeth Cowell, Henry Hallett, John Mills, Miles Malleson, Herbert Lomas, Marjorie Rhodes ..
Directed by: Paul Rotha
Release date: 1946-01-02

Britain Can Make It, No. 1

6.6/10 IMDB

A look at how science is keeping British industry as high-tech and innovative as anywhere else in the world.

Directed by: Francis Gysin
Release date: 1946-01-02


6.8/10 IMDB

A look at life in the Fenlands (a coastal, marshy plain in eastern England) in 1940's.

Directed by: Ken Annakin
Release date: 1946-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1946 : Glimpses of Guatemala

Glimpses of Guatemala

6.7/10 IMDB

We begin at the sleepy port town of Livingstone, then journey up the Rio Dulce past forests of chicle. We stop to watch men tap the trees, harvest the sap, and load the product onto small planes. At a local market, we see indigenous life much as it's been for hundreds of years: Indians mix Catholicism with traditional practice, women live a difficult but uncomplaining life. Then it's back to the coast, to the prosperous Isla de Flores, a trading island. Lovely women sing us to the twilight, concluding our glimpses of Guatamala.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Directed by: James A. FitzPatrick
Release date: 1946-02-09

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