Best Documentary Movies of 1951


Day of the Fight

6.3/10 IMDB

American short subject documentary film in black-and-white, which is notable as the first picture directed by Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick financed the film himself, and it is based on an earlier photo feature he had done as a photographer for Look magazine in 1949. 'Day of the Fight' shows Irish-American middleweight boxer Walter Cartier during the height of his career, on the day of a fight with black middleweight Bobby James, which took place on April 17, 1950.

Starring: Vincent Cartier, Walter Cartier, Nat Fleischer, Bobby James, Judy Singer, Stanley Kubrick, Alexander Singer, Douglas Edwards ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1951-04-26
Best Documentary Movies of 1951 : Flying Padre

Flying Padre

5.7/10 IMDB

Two days in the life of priest Father Fred Stadtmuller whose New Mexico parish is so large he can only spread goodness and light among his flock with the aid of a mono-plane. The priestly pilot is seen dashing from one province to the next at the helm of his trusty Piper Club administering guidance (his plane, the Flying Padre) to unruly children, sermonizing at funerals and flying a sickly child and its mother to a hospital.

Starring: Bob Hite, Fred Stadtmueller, Bob Hite ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1951-03-23
Best Documentary Movies of 1951 : Notes on the Port of St. Francis

Notes on the Port of St. Francis

6.0/10 IMDB

Experimental, impressionistic documentary of San Francisco with narration based on a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson and narrated by Vincent Price

Starring: Vincent Price ..
Directed by: Frank Stauffacher
Release date: 1951-04-12
Best Documentary Movies of 1951 : The Singing Street

The Singing Street

6.5/10 IMDB

Short film documenting children's street games and songs in 1950s Edinburgh.

Directed by: Nigel McIsaac, James Ritchie, Raymond Townsend
Release date: 1951-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1951 : Modern Football

Modern Football

6.0/10 IMDB

Robert Altman's first film was this 26-minute short, which has a football coach explaining how to play the sport. This is basically an educational short where the viewer learns about the various rules of the sport as the narrator explains them while we see reenactments.

Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1951-01-03
Best Documentary Movies of 1951 : Of Men and Music

Of Men and Music

8.0/10 IMDB

A documentary featuring musicians including Artur Rubinstein, Jan Peerce-Nadine Conner, and Jascha Heifetz.

Starring: Deems Taylor, Artur Rubinstein, Jan Peerce, Nadine Conner, Jascha Heifetz, Dimitri Mitropoulos, New York Philharmonic, Victor Young, Emanuel Bay ..
Directed by: Alexander Hammid, Irving Reis
Release date: 1951-02-14
Best Documentary Movies of 1951 : To Be a Woman

To Be a Woman

7.3/10 IMDB

Part of BFI collection "Shadows of Progress."

Directed by: Jill Craigie
Release date: 1951-01-02

Camera Sleuth

6.4/10 IMDB

In this Pete Smith Specialty short, we see how real-life investigator Jo Goggin used a motion picture surveillance camera to gather evidence and disprove a fraudulent insurance claim.

Starring: Pete Smith, Jo A. Goggin, John Miljan ..
Directed by: Dave O'Brien
Release date: 1951-04-28

Medieval Dutch Sculpture

6.5/10 IMDB

Dutch sculpture in the late Middle Ages.

Directed by: Bert Haanstra
Release date: 1951-06-30

World of Kids

4.7/10 IMDB

Oscar winning short film from 1951

Directed by: Robert Youngson
Release date: 1951-06-23

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