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1950s Short Movies

Public list by WPS with 111 movies or TV shows/series

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Les Mistons(1957)

18min | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 21 votes)

A group of young boys who have a collective crush on Bernadette. As a result of this, they have an unreasoning jealousy of Gérard, and do everything they can to disrupt their relationship. When Gérard catches one of the young boys spying on them, he thrashes him severely. In retaliation, the children try to inspire Bernadette to doubt Gérard’s love.

Red Riding Hoodlum(1957)

6min | Animation
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

Knothead and Splinters, Woody Woodpecker's nephews, are reading "Little Red Riding Hood" and are requested to deliver a bag of goodies to Grandma in the forest. They meet a wolf, who takes a short-cut to Grandmas, but Slinters and Knothead take an even shorter cut and get there before him. After the get through wearing him out, Grandma decides the wolf is a good prospect for matrimony and drags him off to the altar.

Directed by Paul J. Smith

Stamp Day for Superman(1954)

3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

Superman's commitment to promote US Savings Stamps is temporarily delayed when Lois is kidnapped.

Cat's Cradle(1959)

6min | Animation
2.9/5 (with 12 votes)

Images of two women, two men, and a gray cat form a montage of rapid bits of movement. A woman is in a bedroom, another wears an apron: they work with their hands, occasionally looking up. A man enters a room, a woman smiles. He sits, another man sits and smokes. The cat stretches. There are close-ups of each. The light is dim; a filter accentuates red. A bare foot stands on a satin sheet. A woman disrobes. She pets the cat.

White Mane(1953)

3.3/5 (with 19 votes)

In the south of France, in a vast plain region called the Camargue, lives White Mane, a magnificent stallion and the leader of a herd of wild horses too proud to let themselves be broken by humans. Only Folco, a young fisherman, manages to tame him. A strong friendship grows between the boy and the horse, as the two go looking for the freedom that the world of men won’t allow them.

A Movie(1958)

12min | Documentary
3.4/5 (with 12 votes)

Bruce Conner's landmark experimental film consisting entirely of found footage edited to a new score.

Directed by Bruce Conner

Bedtime Bedlam(1955)

6min | Animation
3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

Woody is running a babysitting service and is offered $50 by one couple if he will look after their "baby". Not one to pass up this much money, he jumps at the chance. He shows the parents out and settles in. Unfortunately, when he checks in on the infant, the "baby" is revealed to be a pet gorilla!

Directed by Paul J. Smith

Glimpse of the Garden(1957)

2.7/5 (with 8 votes)

Experimental film showing film clips of a garden, with birds chirping for the soundtrack.

Directed by Marie Menken

A Time Out of War(1954)

22min | War, Drama
3.3/5 (with 4 votes)

Two Union soldiers maintaining a position on a riverbank negotiate a one-hour truce with the Confederate soldier manning the opposite bank. During the hour, they gain respect for one another as they trade tobacco, enjoy some fishing and make an unsettling discovery.

The End(1953)

35min
3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

A short film which explores the last day in the lives of six different people.

Weasel Stop(1956)

6min | Animation
3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

A shaggy dog is the guard at a farm's chicken coop when a lip-smacking weasel comes along, intending to gain access to the chickens.

Directed by Robert McKimson

International Woodpecker(1957)

6min | Animation
3.4/5 (with 5 votes)

Woody Woodpecker tells Knothead and Splinter the story of how woodpeckers have influenced world history.

Directed by Paul J. Smith
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The Farm of Tomorrow(1954)

6min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 3 votes)

A series of gags showing how much more productive farms would be if farmers started crossbreeding their animals to create weird (but very useful) hybrids.

Directed by Tex Avery

The Olympic Elk(1952)

27min
4.1/5 (with 2 votes)

Part of the "True-Life Adventure Series"; The subject of this two-reel are the elk of Washington state's Olympic Peninsula. We see these deer learning to walk, climbing downhill in a herd, and braving local bears. Those, plus some colorful arctic flowers, are the nice bits. We also see the elk engaging in duels (something amusingly observed and "imitated" by marmots), athletic fights with deadlocks said to often end in death by starvation to both participants. If that brutish behavior isn't enough to turn you off, then wait until you see how the polygamous bull males gather up wives and do battle with another (with wives as a wager) before unmelodically announcing the end of their bachelorhood.

Directed by James Algar

O Dreamland(1953)

3.1/5 (with 8 votes)

Lindsay Anderson's early documentary film of a British amusement park, the irony of its manufactured fun on full display.

Directed by Lindsay Anderson

Rocket Squad(1956)

3.1/5 (with 8 votes)

In a futuristic city, Detectives Monday and Tuesday pursue a wanted criminal.

Directed by Chuck Jones

Schwechater(1958)

1min | Drama
2.3/5 (with 14 votes)

In 1957, Peter Kubelka was hired to make a short commercial for Schwechater beer. The beer company undoubtedly thought they were commissioning a film that would help them sell their beers; Kubelka had other ideas. He shot his film with a camera that did not even have a viewer, simply pointing it in the general direction of the action. He then took many months to edit his footage, while the company fumed and demanded a finished product. Finally he submitted a film, 90 seconds long, that featured extremely rapid cutting (cutting at the limits of most viewers' perception) between images washed out almost to the point of abstraction — in black-and-white positive and negative and with red tint — of dimly visible people drinking beer and of the froth of beer seen in a fully abstract pattern.

Directed by Peter Kubelka

Feather Dusted(1955)

6min | Animation
3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

Foghorn Leghorn decides to teach Widow Hen's egghead genius son how to have fun by playing croquet, cowboys and Indians.

Directed by Robert McKimson

Beaver Valley(1950)

32min
3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Short documentary film directed by James Algar. It was produced by Walt Disney as part of the True-Life Adventures series of nature documentaries.

Directed by James Algar

Lovelorn Leghorn(1951)

3.4/5 (with 6 votes)

The other hens make fun of Miss Prissy, who still has not found a husband. Prissy sets out, rolling pin in hand, to find one, and she comes upon confirmed bachelor Foghorn Leghorn in the midst of his feud with the barnyard dog. The dog helps Prissy take Foghorn as her mate by knocking him out and stuffing him in a picnic basket!

Directed by Robert McKimson

Smart Alec(1951)

10min
1.6/5 (with 3 votes)

A man picks up a beautiful young girl at a motel pool, and they go back to his room. Soon the girl calls a girlfriend, who comes over and joins the couple for some fun.

Guernica(1950)

13min | Documentary, War
2.9/5 (with 7 votes)

Alain Resnais & Robert Hessen use the famous Picasso mural "Guernica" in combination with newspaper headlines in an anti-war cry against the Spanish Civil War. Narration by Jacques Pruvost highlights the Guernica atrocity of April 1937, followed by a poem by Paul Eluard read by María Casares to a discordant score by Guy Bernard.

Born to Peck(1952)

6min | Animation
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

An elderly, suicidal Woody Woodpecker reminisces about his life as a woodpecker, as his ability to peck wood has vanished, leaving his life seemingly without energy.

Directed by Walter Lantz

The Boy Who Owned a Melephant(1959)

30min

A mother finds a unique method of fulfilling her son's desire to own a pet elephant.

Directed by Saul Swimmer - With Brockman Seawell

The Selling Wizard(1954)

12min | Documentary
0.9/5 (with 2 votes)

A commercial short film presented by Anheuser-Busch to showcase large modern freezers that make it easier for grocers to sell their goods and make higher profits. It is aimed at businesses that require display freezers for their products.

Tree's a Crowd(1958)

6min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Woody takes a trip to an arboretum where all birds are welcome... except woodpeckers.

Directed by Paul J. Smith

The Golden Fish(1959)

19min
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The story of a boy who has a goldfish as a pet, and the family cat has other plans for the goldfish, and a canary protects it by distracting the cat.

Directed by Edmond Séchan

Convict Concerto(1954)

6min | Animation
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Woody is a piano tuner and is forced to play after a bank robber hides out in the piano and points a gun at him.

Directed by Don Patterson

Alley to Bali(1954)

NR
| 6min | Animation
3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

An angry volcano god in the South Pacific demands a sacrifice, and a lovely young woman in the god's service finds the perfect candidates in the form of two American sailors: Woody Woodpecker and Buzz Buzzard.

Directed by Don Patterson

Square Shootin' Square(1955)

6min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

A western bank robber makes a getaway and hides his loot in a tree. Woody Woodpecker pops out of the tree with the bag containing the money. Woody takes off with the robber in close pursuit. The chase leads back to the town where the robber makes many attempts to retrieve the bag but is always outsmarted by Woody. A posse arrives on the scene and Woody delivers both the robber and the loot into the sheriff's hands.

Directed by Paul J. Smith
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