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1. Rufus Jones for President (1933)

21 min | Comedy, Musical, Short

6.9
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Rufus Jones, a black child, is elected President of the United States in this short musical comedy. The film features song and dance numbers by a seven year old Sammy Davis Jr..

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Ethel Waters, Sammy Davis Jr., Hamtree Harrington, Dusty Fletcher

Votes: 97

2. Movie-Mania (1937)

21 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

6.0
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Dave Apollon is a one-man production staff, who puts on a stage show as writer, director, producer, bandleader, art director, and other jobs.

Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Dave Apollon, Tommy Rafferty, Clark & Halliday, Yvonne Moray

Votes: 62

3. Ups and Downs (1937)

Approved | 21 min | Short, Musical

6.0
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June Daily, daughter of stockbroker J. C. Daily, is engaged to father's assistant Richard Burton, but is enamored of tap-dancing elevator operator Hal Smith. J.C. has a hot tip on stock for... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Hal Le Roy, June Allyson, Toni Lane, The Deauville Boys

Votes: 148

4. Give Me Liberty (1936)

Approved | 22 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.2
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Patrick Henry's rousing speech before the Virginia legislature argues for colonial independence.

Director: B. Reeves Eason | Stars: John Litel, Nedda Harrigan, Carlyle Moore Jr., Robert Warwick

Votes: 159

5. The Black Network (1936)

20 min | Musical, Short

7.5
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Brutus Johnson, owner of the Porter Pullman Shoe Polish Company, sponsors the Porter Pullman Shoe Polish Variety Program on the Black Network Broadcasting Co. Mezzanine Johnson, Brutus' ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Nina Mae McKinney, The Nicholas Brothers, The Washboard Serenaders, Emmett 'Babe' Wallace

Votes: 90

6. The Song of Fame (1934)

19 min | Short, Music

6.0
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Cigarette girl Ruth Eaton is an aspiring singer who hopes her cocksure theatrical agent Dave can get her an audition with an impresario who can give her a break.

Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Ruth Etting, Eddie Bruce, Arthur Donaldson, Minor & Root

Votes: 51

7. Paree, Paree (1934)

Approved | 21 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

6.2
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In this musical short, a condensed version of Cole Porter's "Fifty Million Frenchmen" (1929), a wealthy young American meets the girl of his dreams and makes a bet that they will be engaged without her knowing of his riches.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Dorothy Stone, Bob Hope, Billie Leonard, Rodney McLennan

Votes: 191

8. Nothing Ever Happens (1933)

Passed | 19 min | Short, Comedy, Music

5.9
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Despite a dying man's efforts to enjoy his final days, a jewel thief trying to comfort a great dancer, and a big business deal in progress, there are still those who say that 'nothing ever happens here.'

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Jack Lionel Bohn, Clarence Rock, Jane Gale, Curtis Karpe

Votes: 154

9. King for a Day (1934)

TV-G | 21 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

6.9
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A talented tap dancer who can't get an audition uses his prowess at playing craps to gain ownership of a musical show, making himself the star.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Bill Robinson, Ernest Whitman, Dusty Fletcher, Babe Matthews

Votes: 99

10. The Rear Gunner (1943)

Not Rated | 26 min | Short, Drama, War

5.6
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A young rural enlistee is initially disappointed with his job as an air mechanic, but his great marksmanship skills make him a tail gunner in a bomber.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Ronald Reagan, Tom Neal, Dane Clark

Votes: 187

11. Alice in Movieland (1940)

Approved | 22 min | Short, Drama, Music

5.9
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In a U.S. town that could be anywhere, 18-year-old Alice Purdee wins a free trip to Hollywood. With the assistance of a cheerful porter, she takes the night train and dreams about her ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Joan Leslie, Nana Bryant, Clara Blandick, Clarence Muse

Votes: 205

12. A Day at Santa Anita (1937)

18 min | Short, Drama, Family

5.9
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Orphaned horse-trainer's little daughter has reciprocated bond with horse, which needs her presence to win races.

Director: Bobby Connolly | Stars: Sybil Jason, Marcia Ralston, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Joseph Crehan

Votes: 243

13. The Prisoner of Swing (1938)

Approved | 22 min | Short, Adventure, Comedy

5.8
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Musical satire based on Anthony Hope's Ruritanian novel "The Prisoner of Zenda" in which a commoner takes the place of a lookalike king.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Hal Le Roy, Eddie Foy Jr., June Allyson, Al Fields

Votes: 65

14. The Broadway Buckaroo (1939)

Approved | 18 min | Short, Comedy, Music

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Through the terms of a will in which he inherits a lot of money if he will run a dude ranch for six months and get away from the city, Red figures out a plan to build a night-club dude ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd French | Stars: Red Skelton, Nick Condos, Steve Condos, Hank Lawson

15. Out Where the Stars Begin (1938)

Approved | 19 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

5.2
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A "Broadway Brevity" short from Vitaphone shot in Technicolor that spoofs the Hollywood studio set-up. When the ballerina star of a musical feature walks off in a huff, aided by the ... See full summary »

Director: Bobby Connolly | Stars: Evelyn Thawl, Jeffrey Lynn, Armida, Fritz Feld

Votes: 206

16. Seasoned Greetings (1933)

20 min | Musical, Short

5.8
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The owner of an unsuccessful greeting-card store attempts to sell 'talking' greeting cards in the form of records.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Lita Grey, Sammy Davis Jr., Carleton Macy, George Haggerty

Votes: 155

17. What, No Men? (1935)

21 min | Comedy, Musical, Short

6.2
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A bill collector and a policeman are captured by a group of mad scientists and taken to an all-female Indian tribe for study.

Director: Ralph Staub | Stars: El Brendel, Wini Shaw, Phil Regan, Billy Bletcher

Votes: 41

18. Good Morning, Eve! (1934)

Approved | 19 min | Musical, Comedy, Short

5.9
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In this short musical comedy, Adam and Eve go on an adventure through time that leads them from the Garden of Eden, to the Roman Empire, King Arthur's court, and a beach resort in modern-day Florida.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Leon Errol, June MacCloy, Vernon Dent, Maxine Doyle

Votes: 190

19. Yours Sincerely (1933)

TV-PG | 19 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

6.2
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A resort owner tries to marry his daughter to a millionaire, but his scheme doesn't turn out exactly as planned.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Lanny Ross, Nancy Welford, Richard Keene, Pearl Osgood

Votes: 73

20. The Red Shadow (I) (1932)

18 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

6.4
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General Bierbeau sends his weakling son, Pierre, to French Morocco to fight Arab insurgents (the "Riffs") in the hopes that this will toughen him up. He soon becomes the Riffs' leader and ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Alexander Gray, Bernice Claire, Max Stamm, Gracie Worth

Votes: 64

21. I'm Much Obliged (1936)

Approved | 22 min | Comedy, Musical, Short

5.4
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The Morning Daily newspaper's Mr. Inquisitive column - which has the tagline "I'm Much Obliged" - is holding a contest: tell Mr. Inquisitive what you would like to do, and those stories ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: George Dobbs, Ian Maclaren, Vera Van, Lester Cole & His Texas Rangers

Votes: 76

22. Public Jitterbug No. 1 (1939)

21 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

5.8
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The government has set up a special agency to stamp out what it considers the number one public menace: the jitterbug. They aren't after the many followers, but the primary perpetrator of ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Hal Le Roy, Betty Hutton, Chaz Chase, Tom Emerson

Votes: 92

23. A Modern Cinderella (1932)

17 min | Comedy, Musical, Short

5.8
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Anita Ragusa, the daughter of a costume company owner, delivers a dress for a costume ball at the last minute. The snobbish customer doesn't like the design at first, but agrees to let ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Ruth Etting, Adrian Rosley, Barbara Child, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 95

24. The Gem of the Ocean (1934)

Approved | 22 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

5.5
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In this musical short, the leading lady is a French woman who finds mystery and romance on a luxury liner. There is much music with a chorus of beautiful girls dancing in lush art deco settings.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Jeanne Aubert, Eton Boys, Dick Barstow, Edith Barstow

Votes: 85

25. Just a Cute Kid (1940)

20 min | Short, Comedy

5.0
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When he has to pay a debt to a fearsome money lender, a man accepts the help of a friend who takes him to a scientist where he can sell his body, but things get worse than expected.

Director: Noel M. Smith | Stars: Cliff Edwards, Margaret Hayes, Frank Faylen, Olin Howland

Votes: 38

26. The Blonde Bomber (1936)

20 min | Short, Comedy

6.7
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Director: Lloyd French | Stars: Robert Norton, Shemp Howard, Lee Weber, Harry Gribbon

Votes: 6

27. A Small Town Idol (1921)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

6.3
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Sam, a young man in a small town, is accused of being a thief. Unable to prove his innocence--and not knowing that he's being framed by a local villain to keep him away from pretty young ... See full summary »

Directors: Erle C. Kenton, Mack Sennett | Stars: Ben Turpin, James Finlayson, Phyllis Haver, Bert Roach

Votes: 40

28. Maid for a Day (1936)

21 min | Comedy, Musical, Short

5.2
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A fading Broadway entertainer takes a job as a domestic to get background for a part in a new musical.

Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Grace Hayes, Peter Lind Hayes, Don Lee & Louise, Marvin Jensen

Votes: 50

29. Service with a Smile (1934)

Approved | 17 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

7.1
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Leon brags about his "super-deluxe" gas station, which he claims is run by chorus girls.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Leon Errol, Maxine Doyle, Herbert Evans, Marie Wells

Votes: 115

30. At the Stroke of Twelve (1941)

20 min | Short, Drama

6.7
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This entry in Warner's "Broadway Brevity" series of shorts is based on Damon Runyon's short story, "The Old Doll's House". Racketeer Lance McGowan, on the night he has decided to go ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Craig Stevens, Elisabeth Risdon, Knox Manning, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 37

31. The Love Department (1935)

Approved | 20 min | Musical, Romance, Short

5.9
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Columnist Beatrice Blair dispenses love advice to her readers, but can't seem to find her own Mr. Right. Reporter Jimmy Jackson has pursued her but with no results. Blair takes her ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Bernice Claire, Milt Douglas, Billie Leonard, Lou Duthers

Votes: 24

32. Private Lessons (1934)

TV-G | 22 min | Musical, Romance, Short

7.0
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Hal LeRoy is hired as a tap teacher at Dawn O'Day's dancing school to give private lessons to female students. The school's manager, as well as some of his students, spreads false stories ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Hal Le Roy, Dawn O'Day, Dorothy Dare, Barbara MacDonald

Votes: 88

33. The Flame Song (1934)

22 min | Musical, Short, Romance

4.2
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In the kingdom of Florestan, a weak Prince Henry is ousted from power by his calculating cousin, Prince Basil. While exiled in Paris, Henry learns that the people are suffering under the ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Bernice Claire, J. Harold Murray, Greek Evans, Detmar Poppen

Votes: 33

34. The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady (1942)

20 min | Short, Musical

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Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Patti Hale, Frank Wilcox, Al Shean, Peter Caldwell

35. Masks and Memories (1934)

32 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

6.2
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Julie and Bob take a break from their Mardi Gras revels to visit Bob's home, where he lives with his sister and their reclusive Uncle Andy. Andy mistakes Julie for his sweetheart of years ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Lillian Roth, Weldon Heyburn, Queenie Smith, George Houston

Votes: 105

36. Minstrel Days (1941)

19 min | Musical, Short

5.6
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This Vitaphone musical featurette features a minstrel show, with traditional interlocutor and Mr. Bones, doing many old time songs (mostly Stephen Foster) with Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor in... See full summary »

Director: Bobby Connolly | Stars: Bud Jamison, Al Herman, Billy Elliott, Willie Best

Votes: 8

37. Seeing Red (1939)

Approved | 19 min | Comedy, Short

6.3
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When he is fired from his job, Red puts a hex on his boss. That evening, the boss goes to a nightclub and discovers that the hex worked.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Red Skelton, A. Robins, The Merry Macs, Harris & Shore

Votes: 99

38. Come to Dinner (1934)

Not Rated | 22 min | Short, Comedy

6.3
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MGM's all-star feature Dinner at Eight (1933) is parodied in this comic short, in which a cast of unidentified look-alike actors impersonate Lionel Barrymore, Marie Dressler, 'Jean Harlow', et al.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Ninon Bunyea, Flavia Arcaro, Herschel Mayall, Margot Stevenson

Votes: 140

39. The Imperfect Lover (1932)

19 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

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Stars: Jack Haley, Claire Trevor, James C. Morton, Sheila Barrett

40. Hotel a la Swing (1937)

Approved | 22 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

6.0
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A series of musical numbers loosely connected by a storyline involving the Upsy Daisey theatre troupe assuming management of the debt-ridden Grand Majestic Hotel. Noteworthy is the song and... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Eddie Foy Jr., The Mullen Sisters, Lane Tree & Edwards, Marcia Wayne

Votes: 81

41. Syncopated City (1934)

Approved | 20 min | Musical, Short

6.3
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Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Hal Le Roy, Dorothy Dare, George Watts, Philip Loeb

Votes: 12

42. Sockaroo (1941)

20 min | Short, Comedy

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Director: B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Maxie Rosenbloom, Herbert Anderson, Susan Peters, John Sheehan

43. The Candid Kid (1938)

Approved | 20 min | Comedy, Musical, Short

4.7
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Singer Josephine Huston is featured as a member of a Candid Camera Club. The club stages a contest, in which each member is assigned to go out and get some difficult and unusual picture. ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Josephine Huston, Phil Silvers, Nadine Gae, John Preston

Votes: 20

44. Use Your Imagination (1933)

Not Rated | 17 min | Short, Musical, Romance

6.4
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The story of a likable young man can't hold a job because he is always daydreaming usually about girlfriend Mitzi.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Hal Le Roy, Mitzi Mayfair, Pat Rooney Jr., Robert Pitkin

Votes: 77

45. One for the Book (1940)

Approved | 18 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

5.9
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On a desktop with many books, familiar characters in literature (such as Captain Kidd, Huckleberry Finn, Robinson Crusoe, and Rip Van Winkle) come out of their books after dark. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Betty Hutton, Hal Sherman, Miriam Grahame, Beaus & Belles

Votes: 68

46. The Knight Is Young (1938)

Approved | 18 min | Musical, Romance, Short

5.7
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Hal and June meet through her apartment window, she stuck inside since she can't leave because she fears being locked out if she does by the landlord due to back rent owed, and he a sign ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Hal Le Roy, June Allyson, Earlyne Schools, Norman McKay

Votes: 95

47. Calling All Girls (1942)

Approved | 19 min | Musical, Short

6.7
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This Warner Bros. short film shows the process that studios use to select women for the chorus line in movie musicals. It then presents a few clips of chorus lines in Busby Berkeley production numbers from 1930s Warner Bros. musicals.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Owen Crump, James Cagney, Ruby Keeler

Votes: 78

48. 20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang (1933)

TV-PG | 20 min | Short, Musical, Comedy

5.4
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Four convicts escape from a chain gang. Shortly thereafter, changes are made at the prison, because a blue ribbon commission will be investigating conditions there. The changes include ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Jerry Bergen, The Rollickers, Novia, The Pickens Sisters

Votes: 185

49. Under Southern Stars (1937)

Approved | 17 min | Short, Biography, Drama

5.1
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Set in the springtime of 1863 in Chancellorsville, Virginia during the War Between the States, this colorful short profiles the heroic Confederate General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Fred Lawrence, Jane Bryan, Fritz Leiber, Gordon Hart

Votes: 61

50. Okay, José (1935)

Approved | 18 min | Comedy, Musical, Short

5.5
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A Salesman tries to locate a notorious Mexican bandit, comedy musical

Director: Ralph Staub | Stars: El Brendel, Sam Appel, Anita Camargo, Fred Malatesta

Votes: 62



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