Short Films I've Seen: 1920-1949

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1. The Garage (1920)

25 min | Short, Comedy

Roscoe and Buster operate a combination garage and fire station. In the first half they destroy a car left for them to clean. In the second half they go off on a false alarm and return to find their own building on fire.

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle | Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Molly Malone, Harry McCoy

Votes: 1,103

2. Haunted Spooks (1920)

Passed | 25 min | Short, Comedy

After numerous failed attempts to commit suicide, our hero (Lloyd) runs into a lawyer who is looking for a stooge to stand in as a groom in order to secure an inheritance for his client (... See full summary »

Directors: Alfred J. Goulding, Hal Roach | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Wallace Howe, Marie Benson

Votes: 1,088

3. The Ouija Board (1920)

6 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

An animator and a janitor are playing with a Ouija Board and Koko is haunted by a bunch of ghosts.

Director: Max Fleischer

Votes: 131

4. The Centaurs (1921)

Not Rated | 3 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A female centaur (a creature half-human and half-horse) enters a clearing in the woods, and picks some flowers. She is soon met by a male centaur, and the two then romance each other. They then seek parental consent for their union.

Director: Winsor McCay

Votes: 353

5. Gertie on Tour (1921)

Not Rated | 2 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Gertie the dinosaur encounters the modern era.

Director: Winsor McCay

Votes: 257

6. The Play House (1921)

23 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

After waking up from his wacky dream, a theater stage hand inadvertently causes havoc everywhere he works.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Monte Collins, Virginia Fox

Votes: 3,571

7. Cops (1922)

Unrated | 18 min | Short, Comedy, Family

A series of mishaps manages to make a young man get chased by a big city's entire police force.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Virginia Fox, Steve Murphy

Votes: 5,371

8. Fire Fighters (1922)

20 min | Comedy, Short, Family

The gang forms a fire department; they end up thwarting a bootlegger, but not before their pet animals get drunk on his moonshine.

Directors: Robert F. McGowan, Tom McNamara | Stars: Peggy Cartwright, Jackie Condon, Ernest Morrison, Elmo Billings

Votes: 101

9. One Terrible Day (1922)

20 min | Short, Comedy, Family

Mrs. Pennington Van Renssalaer, a publicity-minded society matron, sponsors a children's outing, much to her and her chauffeur's eventual regret.

Directors: Robert F. McGowan, Tom McNamara | Stars: Jackie Condon, Mickey Daniels, Jack Davis, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins

Votes: 38

10. Our Gang (1922)

20 min | Short, Comedy, Family

An unethical merchant moves into town and steals customers from the widowed owner of an established store; the gang steps in to help.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Anna Mae Bilson, Jackie Condon, Mickey Daniels, John Hatton

Votes: 426

11. A Quiet Street (1922)

20 min | Short, Comedy, Family

The gang mistakenly believes a police patrol is after them for beating up a cop's boy; they wind up encountering the police's real quarry: Red Mike.

Directors: Robert F. McGowan, Tom McNamara | Stars: Jackie Condon, Mickey Daniels, Jack Davis, Ernest Morrison

Votes: 21

12. Saturday Morning (1922)

20 min | Short, Comedy, Family

The Rascals, feeling unloved at home, decide to become pirates. Meanwhile, a mother, an aunt and a valet join the cops in searching for the runaways.

Directors: Robert F. McGowan, Tom McNamara | Stars: Jackie Condon, Mickey Daniels, Jack Davis, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins

Votes: 55

13. Young Sherlocks (1922)

20 min | Short, Family, Comedy

The Mystic J.J.J.'s challenge Ernie's bravery; he spins a tale of saving a rich young girl from kidnappers and of creating a utopia called Freetown.

Directors: Robert F. McGowan, Tom McNamara | Stars: Peggy Cartwright, Jackie Condon, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins, Ernest Morrison

Votes: 40

14. The Big Show (1923)

20 min | Comedy, Short, Family

The gang creates its own makeshift county fair, highlighted by a "movie," which is really a clever stage performance.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Joe Cobb, Jackie Condon, Mickey Daniels, Jack Davis

Votes: 28

15. Derby Day (I) (1923)

20 min | Short, Comedy, Family

After the gang goes to the horse races, they decide to have a derby of their own.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Joe Cobb, Jackie Condon, Mickey Daniels, Jack Davis

Votes: 75

16. Felix in Hollywood (1923)

Passed | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A starving actor, reduced to trying his luck in the movies, travels to Hollywood. His cat, Felix, poses as a travel bag and comes along.

Director: Otto Messmer

Votes: 829

17. Alice's Spooky Adventure (1924)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

When a ball is accidentally knocked through the window of a neighborhood haunted house, Alice is the only one brave enough to go inside to retrieve it. While she's in there she falls and ... See full summary »

Director: Walt Disney | Stars: Virginia Davis, Leon Holmes, Spec O'Donnell

Votes: 179

18. The Fourth Alarm (1926)

Passed | 20 min | Family, Comedy, Short

The Our Gang kids try to extinguish a fire.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Hal Roach's Rascals, Joe Cobb, Jackie Condon, Johnny Downs

Votes: 105

19. Shivering Spooks (1926)

20 min | Comedy, Family, Short

The kids are playing baseball when a man dressed in Middle-Eastern clothing comes out and tells them to be quiet. They join Mary, Farina, and Scooter in the gang's hide-out while Mary is ... See full summary »

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Joe Cobb, Jackie Condon, Johnny Downs, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins

Votes: 43

20. The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)

Unrated | 13 min | Short, Horror

A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants, Roderick and Madeline Usher, are living under a mysterious family curse: Roderick's senses have become ... See full summary »

Directors: James Sibley Watson, Melville Webber | Stars: Herbert Stern, Hildegarde Watson, Melville Webber, Friedrich Haak

Votes: 1,133

21. Spook Spoofing (1928)

32 min | Comedy, Family, Short

As a joke, several members of the gang convince Farina, who is "brave but superstitious", that he's caused the demise of a young acquaintance and must therefore lay the body (actually still... See full summary »

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Joe Cobb, Jackie Condon, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins, Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins

Votes: 71

22. Pups Is Pups (1930)

Approved | 20 min | Comedy, Family, Short

The gang decides to enter their animals in a local pet show.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Jackie Cooper, Dorothy DeBorba, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins

Votes: 288

23. School's Out (1930)

20 min | Comedy, Family, Short

The kids mistake Miss Crabtree's brother for a potential boyfriend, and plot to discourage him.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Jackie Cooper, Dorothy DeBorba

Votes: 335

24. Shivering Shakespeare (1930)

20 min | Comedy, Family, Short

The gang is participating in a program sponsored by the Golden Age Dramatic League. They present their own fractured version of Quo Vadis? (1924). Things go from bad to worse when the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert A. McGowan | Stars: Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins, Jackie Cooper, Mary Ann Jackson

Votes: 107

25. Teacher's Pet (1930)

20 min | Comedy, Family, Short

Jackie prepares a series of elaborate jokes for his new teacher.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Jackie Cooper, Dorothy DeBorba

Votes: 234

26. Bargain Day (1931)

20 min | Comedy, Family, Short

Wheezer and Stymie, door-to-door salesmen, meet a lonely little rich girl.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Jackie Cooper, Dorothy DeBorba

Votes: 91

27. Big Ears (1931)

Not Rated | 20 min | Family, Short, Comedy

Wheezer pretends to be sick in order to get his parents to stop fighting.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Sherwood Bailey, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Dorothy DeBorba, Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins

Votes: 84

28. Dogs Is Dogs (1931)

Passed | 21 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Wheezer and Dorothy are forced to live with her evil stepmother and her brat son.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Hal Roach's Rascals, Sherwood Bailey, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Dorothy DeBorba

Votes: 185

29. Egyptian Melodies (1931)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Short, Family

A spider sneaks into the Sphinx and has several spooky encounters.

Director: Wilfred Jackson

Votes: 466

30. Fly My Kite (1931)

20 min | Family, Comedy, Short

A greedy man tries to get rid of his mother by putting her in an old folks home until he discovers she has a fortune in stock certificates.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Dorothy DeBorba, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins

Votes: 242

31. Helping Grandma (1931)

20 min | Family, Comedy, Short

The kids' adopted grandma decides to sell her store, but can't decide whom to sell it to. The kids try to help her out.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Jackie Cooper, Dorothy DeBorba

Votes: 157

32. Little Daddy (1931)

20 min | Family, Comedy, Short

When local authorities find out that Farina is Stymie's guardian, they try to take him away. The kids try to stop it.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Jackie Cooper, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins

Votes: 110

33. Love Business (1931)

20 min | Family, Comedy, Short

Miss Crabtree, the teacher Jackie has a crush on, rents a room at Jackie's house.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Jackie Cooper, Dorothy DeBorba

Votes: 212

34. Shiver My Timbers (1931)

20 min | Short, Family, Comedy

The Gang plays hooky from school so they can listen to the tall tales of a friendly sea captain.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Sherwood Bailey, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Dorothy DeBorba, Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins

Votes: 154

35. Choo-Choo! (1932)

20 min | Short, Adventure, Comedy

The gang trades places with a group of orphans about to take a train ride.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Sherwood Bailey, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Dorothy DeBorba, Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins

Votes: 214

36. The Dentist (1932)

Passed | 21 min | Comedy, Short

An unconventional dentist deals with a variety of eccentric and difficult patients in slapstick fashion.

Director: Leslie Pearce | Stars: W.C. Fields, Marjorie Kane, Arnold Gray, Dorothy Granger

Votes: 1,475

37. Free Eats (1932)

20 min | Family, Comedy, Short

The kids help capture a family of thieves.

Director: Ray McCarey | Stars: Sherwood Bailey, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Dorothy DeBorba, Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins

Votes: 184

38. I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You (1932)

7 min | Animation, Short, Family

Betty Boop and friends meet Louis Armstrong on a jungle safari.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky | Stars: Louis Armstrong, Ann Little, Billy Murray

Votes: 276

40. The Pooch (1932)

Passed | 20 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

The gang tries to save Petey from the dogcatcher.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Sherwood Bailey, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Dorothy DeBorba, Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins

Votes: 170

41. Readin' and Writin' (1932)

20 min | Short, Family, Comedy

Tired of going to school, Breezy comes up with a plan to get himself expelled.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Sherwood Bailey, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Dorothy DeBorba, Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins

Votes: 127

42. Spanky (1932)

20 min | Comedy, Family, Short

While staging a play, Spanky finds his father's hiding place for the family "fortune."

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: George 'Spanky' McFarland, Sherwood Bailey, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Dorothy DeBorba

Votes: 136

43. War Babies (1932)

Passed | 11 min | Short, Comedy, War

A group of soldiers in a café watch a dancer as she entertains them, but later two of them become rivals over her.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Shirley Temple, Georgie Billings, Eugene Butler, Philip Hurlic

Votes: 356

44. Betty Boop's Hallowe'en Party (1933)

7 min | Animation, Short, Family

Betty Boop hosts a Halloween party with aid from a scarecrow, but an uninvited gorilla threatens havoc.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky | Star: Bonnie Poe

Votes: 249

45. Dora's Dunking Doughnuts (1933)

Passed | 20 min | Short, Comedy, Music

A schoolteacher helps his friend Dora by getting his students to help him to make a radio commercial.

Director: Harry Edwards | Stars: Andy Clyde, Ethel Sykes, Bud Jamison, Shirley Temple

Votes: 226