Best Documentary Movies of 1947


School in the Mailbox

6.5/10 IMDB

In Australia, children live in the Outback, too far from others to travel to any school. The Australian government has a school with no student only teachers that correspond with their pupils and teach those children at their own pace.

Directed by: Stanley Hawes
Release date: 1947-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1947 : Thunderbolt


6.6/10 IMDB

Documentary about the U.S. Air Force's P-47 Thunderbolt bomber's role in the Italian Campaign.

Starring: James Stewart, Robert Lowery, Lloyd Bridges, Eugene Kern ..
Directed by: William Wyler, John Sturges
Release date: 1947-07-26

Give Us the Earth!

5.9/10 IMDB

This "Theater of Life" documentary was produced in cooperation with the International Committee, YMCA. It focuses on the work of Dr. Spencer Hatch, as he shows residents of small Mexican villages how to make their land better able to grow food and make them more independent.

Starring: Emily Hatch, Spencer Hatch ..
Directed by: Gunther von Fritsch
Release date: 1947-06-21
Best Documentary Movies of 1947 : To Hear Your Banjo Play

To Hear Your Banjo Play

7.1/10 IMDB

A short film about Pete Seeger and the birth of banjo music throughout the Southern United States.

Starring: Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee ..
Directed by: Irving Lerner
Release date: 1947-01-01

The Road to Hollywood

4.8/10 IMDB

Exploitation film-maker Bud Pollard appears on screen to tell us of Bing Crosby's rise to fame, using scenes from four early Crosby shorts to illustrate his fictional biography.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Luis Alberni, Ann Christy, Arthur Stone, Marion Sayers ..
Directed by: Mack Sennett, Leslie Pearce, Del Lord, Bud Pollard
Release date: 1947-07-04
Best Documentary Movies of 1947 : Judo Jymnastics

Judo Jymnastics

8.1/10 IMDB

In a gym, a girl is pulling some pulleys, to gain arm strength, while three men and three girls watch a judo demonstration in the middle of the room. A girl wearing a sweater and shorts applies a succession of holds to a young man in a sleeveless undershirt and a black trunks: over the shoulder projection, arm lock, over the hip projection, sideways headlock and knee to the face, sacrifice fall followed by school-girl pin, kidney punching followed by a groin kick, sideways kick to the knee and arm-lock, eye-gouge and kick to the ribs, attack to both legs with arms and legs, arm-lock and tripping followed by a leg blow to the throat, disarming a knife attack from above, and then an up-thrust with the knife, disarming a revolver menace from the back, usage of a leather belt to strangle and throw an attacker, usage of hair holds for control and throw of the opponent, and KO punching. The man simulates different forms of attack and stands gamely every time - except the last.

Starring: Mary Parker, Lou Leonard ..
Directed by: William Forest Crouch
Release date: 1947-12-01

Children on Trial

7.7/10 IMDB

Documentary dealing with the work of Approved Schools for child delinquents.

Directed by: Jack Lee
Release date: 1947-11-08

Five Towns

7.2/10 IMDB

A look at a family living in Stoke-on-Trent in the 1940's and what it's like working in the pottery factories that Stoke is famous for.

Directed by: Terry Bishop
Release date: 1947-01-02

The Balance

7.0/10 IMDB

A documentary about how trading goods with the rest of the world works to help the UK economy after WWII.

Directed by: Paul Rotha
Release date: 1947-01-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1947 : The Impossible Map

The Impossible Map

6.9/10 IMDB

Development in long-range travel and the growing importance of the Arctic and Antarctic regions make it necessary to understand how maps may be misleading. Experiments with a grapefruit illustrate the difficulty of presenting a true picture of the world on a flat surface and it is concluded that the globe is the most accurate way of representing the earth.

Starring: Bill Bolt ..
Directed by: Evelyn Lambart
Release date: 1947-01-01

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