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 : David


7.2/10 IMDB

Told with authenticity and perception, David looks back on the life of a school caretaker in a Welsh mining town, from the marriage and birth of his son to the trauma of a pit accident. David was the first film produced by the BFI, in 1951, and the Welsh selection for the same year’s Festival of Britain screenings in London.

Starring: David Rees Griffiths, Rachel Thomas ..
Directed by: Paul Dickson
Release date: 1951-07-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1951 : Nature's Half Acre

Nature's Half Acre

7.1/10 IMDB

The strange and wonderful world that lies beneath our feet, under leaf, log and rock, peopled by millions of weird and fascinating creatures. Released theatrically alongside Alice In Wonderland.

Starring: Winston Hibler ..
Directed by: James Algar
Release date: 1951-07-28
Best Documentary Movies of 1951 : Flying Padre

Flying Padre

5.6/10 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

5.9/10 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

Land of the Zuider Zee

6.4/10 IMDB

This Traveltalks visit to Holland spotlights The Hague and two smaller tourist destinations. We learn that the economy of Holland, which for many centuries has been based on fishing and the growing of tulips, is slowly changing to an agricultural base.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Directed by: Ralph Donaldson
Release date: 1951-04-28

The Singing Street

6.6/10 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

Glimpses of Argentina

6.2/10 IMDB

This Traveltalk series short visit to Argentina includes a look at its capital Buenos Aires.

Starring: James A. FitzPatrick ..
Release date: 1951-12-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1951 : Camera Sleuth

Camera Sleuth

6.3/10 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
Best Documentary Movies of 1951 : This Is Korea!

This Is Korea!

6.3/10 IMDB

John Ford's documentary about the early battles of the Korean War, shot in color.

Starring: Irving Pichel, John Ireland ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1951-08-10

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