Best Documentary Movies of 1955


Man in Space

8.2/10 IMDB

With a combination of documentary footage and animation, the science and history of rockets, and the effects of space travel on man are illustrated.

Starring: Walt Disney ..
Directed by: Ward Kimball
Release date: 1955-03-09

3rd Ave. El

7.2/10 IMDB

Oscar nominated short film from 1955

Starring: Robert Fleury, Joseph Tul, Osmond Beckwith, Dorothea Beckwith, Tom Carroll, Ann Kaufman ..
Directed by: Carson Davidson
Release date: 1955-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1955 : Orchard Street

Orchard Street

6.2/10 IMDB

This short film documents the daily life of the goings-on on Orchard Street, a commercial street in the Lower East Side New York City.

Directed by: Ken Jacobs
Release date: 1955-12-31
Best Documentary Movies of 1955 : Gadgets Galore

Gadgets Galore

6.5/10 IMDB

This Warner Bros. short reviews in an often humorous way the impact of the automobile on the United States. By 1900, the horseless carriage was beginning to have an impact. Early adopters were often the object of attention by large curious crowds. There were many car manufacturers and the quality of their product varied considerably. Traffic jams, pollution and automobile racing were only a few of the outcomes.

Starring: Ward Wilson, Barney Oldfield, Dwight Weist ..
Directed by: Robert Youngson
Release date: 1955-07-30

Black Cats and Broomsticks

5.9/10 IMDB

Superstitions are examined in the context of mid-20th century America. Walking under ladders, spilt salt, stepping on cracks, haunted houses, voodoo dolls, and such are used to illustrate the widespread belief in the supernatural.

Starring: Peter Roberts ..
Directed by: Larry O'Reilly
Release date: 1955-10-14


5.1/10 IMDB

Burlesque film starring some of the greatest pin-up girls such as Bettie Page and Tempest Storm. There are some strippers, some stand-up comics of the take-my-wife-please variety and cult favorite Bettie Page who introduces the acts and frames the film by strutting her stuff.

Starring: Bettie Page, Tempest Storm, Cherrie Knight, Trudy Wayne, Chris LaChris, Twinnie Wallen, Dave Starr, Honey Baer, Vicki Lynn, Lolly Dorsen ..
Directed by: Irving Klaw
Release date: 1955-09-16
Best Documentary Movies of 1955 : The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo

The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo

6.3/10 IMDB

A film interpretation of the poem 'The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo' by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Margaret Tait speaks the poem throughout the film.

Starring: Margaret Tait ..
Directed by: Margaret Tait
Release date: 1955-01-01
Best Documentary Movies of 1955 : The Story of the Animated Drawing

The Story of the Animated Drawing

7.8/10 IMDB

Walt Disney discusses the history of animation, beginning with J. Stuart Blackton and his Humorous Phases of Funny Faces in 1906, and including Gertie the Dinosaur.

Starring: Walt Disney, Leopold Stokowski, Oliver Wallace, Émile Reynaud ..
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, William Beaudine
Release date: 1955-11-30
Best Documentary Movies of 1955 : When the Talkies Were Young

When the Talkies Were Young

7.8/10 IMDB

Warner Brothers looks back to the early days of talking pictures. Dwight Weist narrates film clips from five movies: "Sinner's Holiday," introducing James Cagney with a glimpse of Joan Blondell, "20,000 Years in Sing Sing," with a young Spencer Tracy and a younger Bette Davis, "Five Star Final," with Edward G. Robinson and a cameo from Boris Karloff, "Night Nurse," starring Barbara Stanwyck with a small role for Clark Gable, and "Svengali," with John Barrymore and Marian Marsh. Each movie is summarized and each star celebrated for work early in the history of sound cinema.

Directed by: Robert Youngson
Release date: 1955-04-29
Best Documentary Movies of 1955 : Rhythm and Blues Revue

Rhythm and Blues Revue

7.1/10 IMDB

Rhythm and Blues Revue is a plotless variety show, one of several compiled for theatrical exhibition from the made-for-television short films produced by Snader and Studio Telescriptions, with newly-filmed host segments by Willie Bryant. Originally 86 minutes, the "short" version available on public domain collections and websites is missing a reel

Starring: Lionel Hampton, Herb Jeffries, Count Basie, Florence Robinson, Amos Milburn, Sarah Vaughan, Big Joe Turner, Martha Davies, Little Buck, Nat 'King' Cole ..
Directed by: Joseph Kohn
Release date: 1955-01-01

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