Best Documentary Movies of 1949


Across Arctic Ungava

6.3/10 IMDB

This documentary follows four scientists and their Native guides into the unmapped wilderness of the Ungava Peninsula, in northern Quebec. Crossing this territory in large canoes, they collect samples of Arctic flora and rocks, take readings of soil temperature and record the correct bearings for rivers and lakes en route. The keen excitement of opening a new chapter in Canadian exploration is evident throughout the film.

Directed by: Jacques Bobet
Release date: 1949-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1949 : Let's Go to the Movies

Let's Go to the Movies

6.3/10 IMDB

What goes in to the phrase, "Let's go to the movies"? An off-screen narrator takes us back to the earliest days of film: clips remind us of early stars and blockbusters. He explains how sound came to motion pictures: we see Jolson singing "Mammy" and John Barrymore playing Richard III. Next is a salute to the 30,000 people working in Hollywood at 272 different crafts. A montage shows us some of those jobs. It ends with a look at the physical production of celluloid (cotton and silver) and the many aspects of movie making. The narrator promises more short films about each step in production.

Starring: Warner Anderson ..
Directed by: Tholen Gladden
Release date: 1949-05-13
Best Documentary Movies of 1949 : City of Children

City of Children

6.4/10 IMDB

This final John Nesbitt's Passing Parade series short looks at a community, Mooseheart, in Illinois that orphaned children call home.

Starring: John Nesbitt ..
Release date: 1949-08-27
Best Documentary Movies of 1949 : Savage Splendor

Savage Splendor

6.8/10 IMDB

The film tells of the Armand Denis/Lewis Cotlow expedition that had the two men cover 22,000 miles through Tanganyika, Belgian Congo, and British East Africa. The high points of their ten-month trip are an impressive elephant hunt by the Pygmies of Belgian Congo, the crowning of King Mbofe Mabiashe and the capture of a rhino.

Starring: Lewis Cotlow, Armand Denis, Carr Hartley, King Mbofe Mabinshe ..
Directed by: Lewis Cotlow, Armand Denis
Release date: 1949-11-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1949 : So Much for So Little

So Much for So Little

6.2/10 IMDB

Little Johnny Jones, to be born in the next year, is shown growing to a ripe, healthy old age, thanks to the efforts of his local public health officers. But without them, he might be one of the 5% or so that dies in the first year. The price for the public health service: about 3 cents a week.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Frank Graham ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1949-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1949 : The Rising Tide

The Rising Tide

6.2/10 IMDB

This film shows the growth of cooperatives in the Maritime provinces and how they brought new life and hope to poverty-stricken fishermen. The Rising Tide is a 1949 Canadian short documentary film directed by Jean Palardy. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Directed by: Jean Palardy
Release date: 1949-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1949 : Thorvaldsen


6.1/10 IMDB

Short about the famous Danish sculptor

Starring: Ib Koch-Olsen ..
Directed by: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Release date: 1949-06-13

Growing Girls

5.7/10 IMDB

After several farmyard analogies featuring chicks and calves, the well-spoken narrator and director of the film, Winifred Holmes, considers the subject of girls and how they reach adulthood and readiness for the 'important job of motherhood.

Starring: Winifred Holmes ..
Directed by: Winifred Holmes
Release date: 1949-11-15
Best Documentary Movies of 1949 : Roller Derby Girl

Roller Derby Girl

5.9/10 IMDB

Roller Derby Girl is 1949 short documentary directed by Justin Herman about how mid-twentieth century women made advances and careers in roller derby. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Subject, One-Reel.

Starring: Jean Porter, Midge Brasuhn ..
Directed by: Justin Herman
Release date: 1949-07-10

Playlands of Michigan

6.3/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series short visits several popular vacation spots in Michigan. Among them are Saugatuck, which hosts a school for artists during the summer; Zeeland, where descendants of Dutch settlers perform traditional Dutch dances wearing wooden shoes; the Silver Lake sand dunes, where specially outfitted cars race; and Colon, "The Magic Capitol of the World", which hosts an annual gathering of magicians.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick, Percy Abbott ..
Release date: 1949-03-26

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