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1. Surviving Edged Weapons (1988)

84 min | Documentary, Action, Crime

8.7
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A documentary issued to police in the 80's on how to survive edged-based attacks, primarily blades -- with often comical and novel examples.

Director: Dennis Anderson | Stars: Mickey Dawes, Leo T. Gaje Jr., Dean Gilmore, Kathleen A. Handal

Votes: 356

2. The Child Molester (1964)

20 min | Short, Crime

5.8
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Some guy molests children

Director: Herbert J. Leder

Votes: 90

3. The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair (1939)

Approved | 55 min | Drama

5.1
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The Middleton family visits the 1939 New York World's Fair and witnesses the advent of the future, encountering robots and dishwashers for the first time.

Director: Robert R. Snody | Stars: Marjorie Lord, Jimmy Lydon, Ruth Lee, Harry Shannon

Votes: 126

4. The House I Live In (1945)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Drama, Music

6.5
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Frank Sinatra teaches a group of young boys a lesson in religious tolerance.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Teddy Infuhr, Harry McKim, Ronnie Ralph

Votes: 543

5. Donald in Mathmagic Land (1959)

Approved | 27 min | Animation, Short, Family

7.9
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Donald's goes on an adventure in which it is explained how mathematics can be useful in real life. Through this journey it is shown how numbers are more than graphs and charts, they are geometry, music and magical living things.

Directors: Les Clark, Joshua Meador, Wolfgang Reitherman, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Paul Frees, Clarence Nash

Votes: 2,062

6. Duck and Cover (1952)

Not Rated | 9 min | Animation, Short, Family

6.0
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Instructional short aimed at school-aged children of the early 1950s that combines animation and live-action footage with voice-over narration to explain what to do to increase their chances of surviving the blast from an atomic bomb.

Director: Anthony Rizzo | Stars: Leo M. Langlois III, Ray J. Mauer, Robert Middleton, Carl Ritchie

Votes: 871

7. All the Way Home (1957)

28 min | Short, Drama

6.4
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A white family has just put their house on the market and are soon showing it to an interested black family. The neighbors begin to gossip and soon the white family becomes the target of ... See full summary »

Director: Lee R. Bobker

Votes: 10

8. Signal 30 (1959)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Documentary

6.7
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The results of serious traffic accidents caused by careless driving are displayed.

Director: Richard Wayman

Votes: 89

9. Shake Hands with Danger (1980)

23 min | Short

6.3
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A cautionary training film for those who operate and repair heavy equipment. We watch vignettes of men taking short cuts in their work, doing things they aren't trained for, neglecting to ... See full summary »

Director: Herk Harvey | Stars: Cliff Bemis, Charles Oldfather

Votes: 193

10. Sex Hygiene (1942)

30 min | Short, Drama

5.1
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Several servicemen relax by playing pool, but one of them goes off to spend time with a prostitute. Later, he discovers he has contracted a venereal disease. A graphic and frank ... See full summary »

Directors: Otto Brower, John Ford | Stars: Kenneth Alexander, Robert Conway, Robert Cornell, Richard Derr

Votes: 136

11. The Story of Menstruation (1946)

10 min | Animation, Short, Documentary

5.8
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A basic explanation of the purpose and process of menstruation, told largely with diagrams (and completely avoiding the subject of sex).

Director: Jack Kinney | Star: Gloria Blondell

Votes: 404

12. The Bottle and the Throttle (1968)

10 min | Drama, Short

5.1
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The dangers of drinking and driving are illustrated to a teenager returning from a beach party, where he had "one too many beach beers," and runs over a young mother and her child.

Star: Timothy Farrell

Votes: 163

13. Seduction of the Innocent (1961)

9 min | Drama, Short

6.3
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Jeanette, a pretty high school student, is looking for "kicks." She starts hanging out with a wild crowd, and begins popping "bennies, uppers" and other pills. Soon she graduates from ... See full summary »

Votes: 27

14. Parent to Child About Sex (1966)

31 min | Documentary, Short

5.2
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This instructional film teaches parents how to talk to their children about sex.

Stars: Mary Calderone, Tommy N. Evans, Stuart M. Finch

Votes: 22

15. Young Man's Fancy (1952)

29 min | Short

3.0
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A visiting young man prefers the household electrical appliances over the teenage daughter!

Director: Donald H. Brown | Stars: Bonnie Baken, Jean Hayworth, Robert Casey, Hazen Gifford

Votes: 190

16. Winning Your Wings (1942)

Approved | 18 min | Short, History, War

6.4
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Inspirational short film designed to encourage recruits for the American Army Air Forces.

Directors: John Huston, Owen Crump | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Ames, Leah Baird, Don DeFore

Votes: 272

17. Boys Beware (1961)

10 min | Drama, Short

3.4
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This anti-homosexual social "scare" short film focuses on the dangers of young boys talking to strangers.

Star: Sid Davis

Votes: 497

18. The Autobiography of a 'Jeep' (1943)

Unrated | 9 min | Documentary, Short, War

6.3
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The invention and use of a jeep are described, from the viewpoint of one of the vehicles.

Directors: Irving Lerner, Joseph Krumgold | Stars: Desi Arnaz, Claire Chennault, King George VI, Douglas MacArthur

Votes: 147

19. Our Mr. Sun (1956 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 57 min | Animation

7.2
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One entry in a series of films produced to make science accessible to the masses--especially children--this film describes the sun in scientific but entertaining terms.

Directors: Frank Capra, William T. Hurtz | Stars: Eddie Albert, Lionel Barrymore, Frank Baxter, Marvin Miller

Votes: 145

20. Don't Be a Sucker (1943)

Approved | 18 min | Short, History, War

7.6
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Propaganda short film depicting the rise of Nazism in Germany and how political propaganda is similarly used in the United States to recruit Nazi sympathizers from the ranks of American racists.

Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Robert Adler, Richard Alexander, Robert Bailey

Votes: 230

21. The Dropout (1962)

11 min | Drama, Short

5.7
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A young man drops out of high school and soon his self-esteem and life spiral downward as he struggles to find and keep a job, can no longer relate to his friends still in school, and falls in with a new crowd on the seamy side of town.

Votes: 71

22. The River (1938)

Unrated | 31 min | Documentary, Short, History

6.4
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This documentary short film looks at the devastating and costly problems, including seasonal flooding and erosion of precious topsoil, associated with the Mississippi River system and promotes more Federal projects to remedy the situation.

Director: Pare Lorentz | Star: Thomas Chalmers

Votes: 568

23. Joy Ride: An Auto Theft (1976)

13 min | Drama, Short

4.9
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Val & Tim swipe Randall's car to enjoy a little harmless spin. Buoyed by their increased status and mobility, they convince their girlfriends to hop in. However, as the road takes a twist, the joy ride takes a similar turn...to DISASTER!

Director: Bill Crain | Stars: Kari Michaelsen, Victoria Paige Meyerink, Tim Palladino, Val Thorgusen

Votes: 129

24. Red Nightmare (1962)

Not Rated | 29 min | Drama, Short

5.2
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A man who has taken his freedom for granted wakes up one morning to find out that the Communists have taken over America.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: Jack Kelly, Jeanne Cooper, Peter Brown, Pat Woodell

Votes: 226

25. How to Undress in Front of Your Husband (1937)

Unrated | 14 min | Drama, Short

4.6
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A "Peeping Tom" likes to look through windows at women undressing. We see him as he sneaks a peek at two "subjects". His first one, a young woman who apparently has a major lingerie fetish,... See full summary »

Director: Dwain Esper | Stars: Elaine Barrie, Trixie Friganza, Hal Richardson, Albert Van Antwerp

Votes: 144

26. Age 13 (1955)

27 min | Drama, Short

5.5
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A troubled young teenager has trouble dealing with the death of his mother and his ill treatment by his stepfather.

Director: Arthur Swerdloff | Star: Michael Keslin

Votes: 119

27. Destination Earth (1956)

13 min | Animation, Short, Sci-Fi

4.9
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A Martian explorer discovers the secrets behind the USA's prosperity: oil and free enterprise!

Director: Carl Urbano | Stars: Marvin Miller, Edmon Ryan

Votes: 124

28. Point Rationing of Foods (1943)

6 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

5.5
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Animated documentary short film demonstrating the reasons and methods of the point system of wartime food rationing.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Robert C. Bruce

Votes: 96

29. The Self Image Film (If Mirrors Could Speak) (1976)

11 min | Short

4.4
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A group of misbehaving children come across a magic mirror that, when they look into it, shows them as clowns and tries to convince them to change their disruptive behavior.

Director: Ted Zarpas

Votes: 49

30. Orderly or Disorderly (1995)

17 min | Short

6.5
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A short film challenging humankind on universal themes of stability versus chaos.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami

Votes: 330

31. Narcotics: Pit of Despair (1967) (2016)

29 min | Short, Drama

5.7
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In this dark vision of drug use, a former classmate turned dealer seduces a high-school student into drug addiction.

Director: Mel Marshall | Stars: Kevin Tighe, Gerald LeRoy, Julie Conners, Patrick Miller

Votes: 243

32. X Marks the Spot (1944)

20 min | Short

2.1
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An angel-in-training has trouble watching over a careless driver, and must plead his case before the Judge Angel.

Director: Warren Murray | Stars: Edmon Ryan, George Mathews, Dick Gordon, Del Sharbutt

Votes: 224

33. Hired! (1940)

19 min | Short

2.0
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A middle-aged auto sales manager is having poor results with his staff, so he gets some advice from his hanky-wearing father.

Votes: 407

34. Reconnaissance Pilot (1943)

35 min | Documentary, Short

7.6
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Documentary/training film depicting the duties of a pilot in the Pacific Theatre of the Second World War as he flies reconnaissance missions over enemy-held islands.

Stars: Walter Baldwin, Ralph Byrd, William Forrest, William Holden

Votes: 19

35. An American Girl (1958)

28 min | Short, Drama

6.5
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The story of a teenage girl who starts wearing a Jewish charm bracelet that she received for her birthday. She then begins to experience anti-semitism and prejudice first hand from her friends at high school and in the community.

Director: Lee R. Bobker | Stars: Patty Duke, Audra Lindley, Frank Overton

Votes: 14

36. The ABC's of Sex Education for Trainable Persons (1975)

20 min | Short, Documentary

5.3
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This training film is meant for professionals who work with the mentally impaired, and is meant to teach them how to help their patients deal with sexual issues.

Director: Max Brecher | Stars: William Block, Beverly Camp, Richard Dix, Rick Fullerton

Votes: 173

37. Two Solutions for One Problem (1975)

5 min | Short

6.6
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When one boy tears another boy's book, it is up to the two of them to decide how to handle it.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami

Votes: 815

38. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Shorts (1998 Video)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy

8.7
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Along with the classicly bad full-length movies shown on MST3K, Joel, Mike and the bots were frequently subjected to hideously bad short films as well. This collection of shorts includes a ... See full summary »

Stars: Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson, Kevin Murphy, Michael J. Nelson

Votes: 279

39. A Case of Spring Fever (1940)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

2.6
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An animated pixie named Coily grants a man his wish that all springs disappear...a wish that he soon regrets.

Stars: Pinto Colvig, Edward J. Nugent

Votes: 332

40. Mechanized Death (1961)

28 min | Short, Documentary

8.0
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The dangers of speeding and reckless driving are illustrated courtesy of bloody accident footage supplied by the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Director: Richard Wayman

Votes: 30

41. Carving Magic (1959)

20 min | Short

4.7
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Sponsored film from Swift and Company about how to accurately carve meat.

Stars: Martha Logan, William Kerwin, Harvey Korman

Votes: 74

42. Tomorrow's Drivers (1954)

11 min | Short

5.2
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Showcases a driving course where kindergarten children are placed in miniature cars and taught safe and proper driving skills in order to prepare them for when they're old enough to get a driver's license.

Stars: James Stewart, Charles C. Bernstein, Haskel Welch, Thelma Bennett

Votes: 143

43. Perversion for Profit (1965)

Unrated | 29 min | Documentary, Short

3.7
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This anti-porn short film shows a flood tide of filth engulfing the country in the form of newsstand obscenity.

Stars: George Putnam, Damian O'Flynn

Votes: 359

44. Your Chance to Live: Technological Failures (1972)

12 min | Short

3.2
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A creepy man in a car tells you about how to stay safe from technology these days.

Star: Peter Thomas

Votes: 18

45. The Dangerous Stranger (1950)

Not Rated | 10 min | Crime, Drama, Short

5.3
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In this film, a police officer tells children about the dangers of accepting rides or presents from strangers, and relates the unfortunate stories of several children who did and were never seen again.

Director: Sid Davis

Votes: 56

46. Last Date (1950)

Not Rated | 19 min | Drama, Short

5.1
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Jeanne, a high school girl, dumps her dull boyfriend Larry for Nick, a local thug and hot-rodder she finds exciting. Nick terrifies everyone with his dangerous and reckless driving, but ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis D. Collins | Stars: Joan Taylor, Robert V. Stern, Sally Hughes, Dick York

Votes: 41

47. Appreciating Your Parents (1950)

10 min | Drama, Short

2.4
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A boy realizes that he could help his parents by doing things around the house.

Director: Ted Peshak | Star: Skip Peshak

Votes: 232

48. Are You Popular? (1947)

Unrated | 10 min | Drama, Short

3.7
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The issue of popularity, specifically amongst the high school set, is dramatized. Jerry occasionally goes on dates with Ginny, who goes on "sitting in parked cars" dates with many boys, ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Peshak | Stars: Bill Fein, Marilyn Fisher, Bunny Kacher, Shaya Nash

Votes: 133

49. Century 21 Calling... (1962)

14 min | Short

3.0
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Two perky teens explore every inch of the telephone exhibit at Seattle's fair.

Director: Robert W. Larsen

Votes: 167

50. The Chicken of Tomorrow (1948)

18 min | Documentary, Short

2.4
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Advances in chicken and egg farming.

Director: Jack Arnold | Star: Lowell Thomas

Votes: 223



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