Best Documentary Movies of 1950


Land of Tradition

6.3/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series short visits an array of locations associated with England's heritage. Included are Runnymede, Windsor, Ascot, Lincoln, Wells, Salisbury, Glastonbury, and the ancient Stonehenge site.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1950-01-20
Best Documentary Movies of 1950 : The Hollywood Ten

The Hollywood Ten

7.4/10 IMDB

A brief look at The Hollywood Ten, a group of screenwriters and directors charged with contempt of court after challenging the House Un-American Activities Committee and their controversial and self-incriminatory questions during the red scare. With that act of defiance, they were sentenced to one year in prison simply for speaking their minds and exercising their constitutional rights as concerned citizens. This is their story, their version of the facts, and their opinions.

Starring: Alvah Bessie, Herbert J. Biberman, Lester Cole, Edward Dmytryk, J. Parnell Thomas, Albert Maltz, Samuel Ornitz, Adrian Scott, Ring Lardner, Jr., John Howard Lawson ..
Directed by: John Berry
Release date: 1950-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1950 : Beaver Valley

Beaver Valley

7.3/10 IMDB

Produced by Walt Disney as part of the "True-Life Adventures" series of nature documentaries (1948–60). The film depicts a young male beaver who must defend his new family against hungry predators, mischievous river otters, and the ever-impending threat of winter.

Directed by: James Algar
Release date: 1950-07-19
Best Documentary Movies of 1950 : The Titan: Story of Michelangelo

The Titan: Story of Michelangelo

7.0/10 IMDB

The life and works of the great artist Michelangelo Buonarroti are shown against the historical background of his time. It begins with his earliest artworks, and follows his life and career as he achieves lasting fame. The documentary includes detailed looks at some of the artist's most renowned creations.

Starring: Fredric March ..
Directed by: Robert J. Flaherty, Richard Lyford, Curt Oertel
Release date: 1950-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1950 : Grandma Moses

Grandma Moses

6.5/10 IMDB

1950 short film portrait of the octogenarian folk artist. Nominated for an Oscar in the category "Best Short Subject, One-reel".

Starring: Archibald Macleish, Grandma Moses ..
Directed by: Jerome Hill
Release date: 1950-10-23

Touring Northern England

6.6/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series short takes the viewer to several locations in the Lake Country of northern England. The first stop is Lake Windermere, the largest lake in England. Hawkshead, the second stop, is known for its connection to poet 'William Wordsworth', who is buried there. Next is a vacation resort on the shore of Morecambe Bay. The final destination is the ancient city of York, where we see the ruins of St. Mary's Abbey.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1950-07-29
Best Documentary Movies of 1950 : Family Portrait

Family Portrait

6.2/10 IMDB

In preparation for the celebration of the 1951 Festival of Britain, this short film was released to assure British citizens of their nation's place in the world and of their own places within that nation. Illustrative scenes of farming, science, political, and social life are juxtaposed to present a familiar and reassuring image of Britain.

Starring: Michael Goodliffe ..
Directed by: Humphrey Jennings
Release date: 1950-12-01

Last Date

5.3/10 IMDB

Jeanne, a high school girl, dumps her dull boyfriend Larry for Nick, a local thug and hot-rodder she finds exciting. Nick terrifies everyone with his dangerous and reckless driving, but that only turns Jeanne on even more. One night as Nick and Jeanne are out zooming around the countryside and terrorizing motorists, Nick smashes into another car. Fortunately for Jeanne she wasn't killed, although everybody else was. Unfortuantely for Jeanne, however, her face now looks like something out of a Fellini movie. As she catches a glimpse of herself in the mirror, she wails, "I've had my last date!"

Starring: Joan Taylor, Robert V. Stern, Sally Hughes, Dick York ..
Directed by: Lewis D. Collins
Release date: 1950-03-26
Best Documentary Movies of 1950 : Grandad of Races

Grandad of Races

5.8/10 IMDB

Grandad of Races is a 1950 American short documentary film about the Palio di Siena held in the Piazza del Campo in Siena, directed by André de la Varre. It won an Oscar at the 23rd Academy Awards in 1951 for Best Short Subject.

Starring: Art Gilmore ..
Directed by: André de la Varre
Release date: 1950-09-02
Best Documentary Movies of 1950 : My Country 'Tis of Thee

My Country 'Tis of Thee

5.2/10 IMDB

My Country 'Tis of Thee is a 1950 short documentary supervised by Gordon Hollingshead. It is a panoramic view of American history from the coming of the pilgrims all the way through to 1950. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Subject, Two-Reel.

Starring: Marvin Miller ..
Directed by: Gordon Hollingshead
Release date: 1950-12-01

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