1950s Short Movies

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A Movie(1958)

12min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 9 votes)

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

Directed by Bruce Conner

Les Mistons(1957)

18min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 17 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.

Directed by François Truffaut - With Bernadette Lafont, Gérard Blain, Michel François

Lovelorn Leghorn(1951)

3.4/5 (with 5 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

White Mane(1953)

3.3/5 (with 16 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.

Directed by Albert Lamorisse - With Denys Colomb de Daunant, Jean-Pierre Grenier, Pascal Lamorisse

Bedtime Bedlam(1955)

6min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 4 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

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

Cat's Cradle(1959)

3.0/5 (with 10 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.

Red Riding Hoodlum(1957)

6min | Animation
3.1/5 (with 3 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

Afrique 50(1950)

17min | Documentary
3.4/5 (with 6 votes)

Afrique 50 is a 1956 French documentary film directed by René Vautier. The first French anti-colonialist film, the film derived from an assignment in which the director was to cover educational activities by the French League of Schooling in West Africa. Vautier later filmed what he saw, a "lack of teachers and doctors, the crimes committed by the French Army in the name of France, the instrumentalization of the colonized peoples". For his role in the film Vautier was imprisoned over several months. The film was not permitted to be shown for more than 40 years.

Directed by René Vautier

International Woodpecker(1957)

6min | Animation
3.2/5 (with 3 votes)

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

Directed by Paul J. Smith

All Fowled Up(1955)

7min | Animation
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)

Intending to catch a chicken for his dinner, little Henery the Chicken Hawk ventures onto the farm of the eternally feuding Foghorn Leghorn and barnyard dog. Foghorn tries to dump a load of concrete on top of the dog, but the chute for dropping the concrete suddenly extends itself to a position directly above Foghorn, who is covered over by the concrete and frozen in a "Thinker" pose. Little Henery attaches a rope to the cement-laden Foghorn and drags him home for a tough-to-chew chicken dinner.

Directed by Robert McKimson

The Unbearable Salesman(1957)

6min | Animation
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

Woody is a salesman, trying to unload his wares on a hibernating (and reasonably irritated) bear.

Directed by Paul J. Smith
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Let's All Go to the Lobby(1957)

1min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 5 votes)

An animated chorus line of treats dances down a theater aisle while singing a jingle that encourages the audience to visit the concession stand.

Directed by Dave Fleischer

A Flirtatious Woman(1955)

11min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 6 votes)

Agnès, a bourgeois young woman from Genebra, writes a letter to a friend, telling how she ended up cheating on her husband. Fascinated by the attitudes and gestures adopted by a prostitute to attract clients, Agnès decides to imitate her and seduces the first man she sees, sitting on a garden bench. Based on the story Le Signe (The Signal), by Guy de Maupassant, this short film is the first of four short films made by Jean-Luc Godard before he directed his first feature-length narrative film.

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard - With Jean-Luc Godard

Feather Dusted(1955)

6min | Animation
3.0/5 (with 2 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

To Catch a Woodpecker(1957)

6min | Animation
2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

The Miracle Telephone Company attempts to stop Woody Woodpecker from pecking holes in its telephone poles.

Directed by Alex Lovy

Glimpse of the Garden(1957)

3.0/5 (with 6 votes)

Glimpse of the Garden (1957) is a five-minute short experimental film made by Marie Menken, showing film clips of a garden, with birds chirping for the soundtrack. In 1958, the film won an award at the Exposition Universelle et Internationale at Brussels. In 2007, the film was nominated for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Directed by Marie Menken

Thursday's Children(1954)

21min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 3 votes)

Won the Academy Award for the Best Documentary Short of 1954. The subject deals with the children at The Royal School for the Deaf in Margate, Kent. The hearing-handicapped children are shown painstakingly learning what words are through exercises and games, practicing lip-reading and finally speech. Richard Burton's calm and sometimes-poetic narration adds to the heartwarming cheerfulness and courage of the children.

Directed by Lindsay Anderson - With Richard Burton

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

O Dreamland(1953)

3.1/5 (with 5 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


13min | Documentary
2.8/5 (with 6 votes)

Alain Resnais & Robert Hessen explore the famous Picasso painting "Guernica" in light of the town's bombing.


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

Water Birds(1952)

3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

Documentary on Water Birds Academy Award in 1953 for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel)

Directed by Ben Sharpsteen

Helter Shelter(1955)

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

After a dog destroys a couple of Woody's houses, Woody finds warmth from the rainstorm in the same house that the dog lives in. Hijinx ensue.

Directed by Paul J. Smith

Bunco Busters(1955)

6min | Animation
3.9/5 (with 2 votes)

A member of the Bunco squad introduces the Case of the Gullible Woodpecker. It seems that Woody wins a pot full of dough that con man Buzz Buzzard notices and sets his sights on stealing. He leads Woody on a phony treasure hunt on Cataloni Island where all the materials Woody needs to continue the hunt (treasure maps, fire extinguishers, toll bridges, etc.) cost him a bundle.

Directed by Paul J. Smith

Fodder and Son(1957)

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

Woody goes to Yellowstone National Park, where he encounters a bear who does anything to get food from people.

Directed by Paul J. Smith

The End(1953)

3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

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

Directed by Christopher Maclaine

A Time Out of War(1954)

22min | War, Drama
3.3/5 (with 3 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.

Rocket Squad(1956)

3.1/5 (with 5 votes)

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

Directed by Chuck Jones

Alley to Bali(1954)

| 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
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