Oscar for Best Live Action Short Filmby CarlosERM | created - 03 Sep 2011 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
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1. The Music Box (1932)
Approved | 29 min | Comedy, Short
Like the legendary Sisyphus, deliverymen Laurel and Hardy struggle to push a large crated piano up a seemingly insurmountable flight of stairs.
3. So This Is Harris! (1933)
28 min | Short, Comedy, Music
Walter can't stand the singing of Phil Harris - unfortunately, he can't seem to escape it, even on the golf course. His golf partner sympathizes, but when Walter discovers that the fellow ... See full summary »
4. Krakatoa (1933)
23 min | Documentary, Short
Documentary describing the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa in the Dutch East Indies, destroying 70% of the island and its surrounding archipelago.
5. La Cucaracha (1934)
Approved | 20 min | Short, Comedy, Musical
Señor Martinez, a famous theater owner, visits a local café in Mexico because of its reputation for good food and to audition the famous dancer who performs there. Martinez tells the café ... See full summary »
6. City of Wax (1934)
9 min | Documentary, Short
Osacr-winning Live Action Short film about bees.
7. How to Sleep (1935)
Approved | 11 min | Comedy, Short
A humorous look at the problems people have trying to sleep.
8. Wings Over Everest (1934)
22 min | Documentary, Short
A documentary about the first flight over Mt Everest.
9. Give Me Liberty (1936)
Approved | 22 min | Short, Biography, Drama
Patrick Henry's rousing speech before the Virginia legislature argues for colonial independence.
10. Bored of Education (1936)
Approved | 10 min | Comedy, Family, Short
Spanky and Alfalfa fake a tooth-ache to get out of school.
11. The Public Pays (1936)
Approved | 19 min | Crime, Drama, Short
A protection racket preying on milk distribution is broken through the persistence of law enforcement and the courage of a local businessman.
12. Penny Wisdom (1937)
Approved | 10 min | Comedy, Short
A "Pete Smith Specialty" on cookery.
13. The Private Life of the Gannets (1934)
Approved | 10 min | Documentary, Short
A 1934 GB production that was picked up in 1937 by Educational for 20th Century Fox distribution about the gannet, (a beautiful white and exceedingly graceful bird deemed the best fisherman... See full summary »
14. Torture Money (1937)
Approved | 21 min | Short, Crime, Drama
Police go after a fraud operation that stages automobile accidents to collect insurance money.
15. That Mothers Might Live (1938)
Approved | 10 min | Short, Biography, Drama
It's the mid-nineteenth century. As long as there have been hospitals, the joy that women have felt having just given birth in a hospital may be quickly marred by their sudden death due to ... See full summary »
16. The Declaration of Independence (1938)
Approved | 17 min | Short, Drama, History
This historical featurette focuses on Caesar Rodney of Delaware, who cast the deciding vote so that the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776.
17. Busy Little Bears (1939)
Approved | 10 min | Short, Family
Three bear cubs are observed exploring the forests of the Sierra Nevadas, encountering other wildlife, and invading the kitchen of a local ranch house.
18. Sons of Liberty (1939)
Approved | 20 min | Short, Biography, Drama
Set during the American Revolution, this colorful 2 reel short tells the story of Haym Salomon, American patriot and financier of the American Revolution.
19. Quicker'n a Wink (1940)
Approved | 10 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy
In this Pete Smith Specialty, Dr. Harold E. Edgerton demonstrates stroboscopic photography, which he helped develop. This process allows us to see in slow motion what happens during events ... See full summary »
20. Teddy the Rough Rider (1940)
Approved | 19 min | Short, Biography, Drama
This short follows the political career of Theodore Roosevelt, beginning in 1895, when he was appointed police commissioner of New York City. In 1897 he was appointed Assistant Secretary of... See full summary »
21. Of Pups and Puzzles (1941)
Approved | 10 min | Short
A nation preparing for war must match people with jobs they can do well. This film shows how a Ph.D., a chimp, and three dogs help design aptitude tests for men applying for work. The tests... See full summary »
22. Main Street on the March! (1941)
Approved | 20 min | Short, History
The film begins in the spring of 1940, just before the Nazi occupation of the Benelux countries, and ends immediately after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It chronicles how the people... See full summary »
23. Speaking of Animals and Their Families (1942)
Approved | 8 min | Short, Comedy, Family
24. Beyond the Line of Duty (1942)
Approved | 22 min | Short, Biography, War
This short film in support of the war effort dramatizes the training and missions of Army Air Forces Captain Hewett T. Wheless, a former Texas ranch hand who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in the early days of WWII.
25. Amphibious Fighters (1943)
10 min | Short
26. Heavenly Music (1943)
Passed | 22 min | Short, Fantasy, Music
Boogie-woogie band-leader Ted Barry is outside the pearly gates. Because of Ted's musical background, the gatekeeper points him in the direction of the Hall of Music section, where he is ... See full summary »
27. Who's Who in Animal Land (1944)
Approved | 10 min | Short, Comedy, Family
An Academy Award-winning Paramount Headliner short featuring a tour of the animal kingdon with the animals tossing around quips and jokes via dubbing and special effects. The narration is ... See full summary »
28. I Won't Play (1944)
Passed | 18 min | Short, Drama, Music
In this Warner Bros. short, a Marine in a South Sea island during World War II, Joe Fingers, tells tales of the influence he's had on various personalities. In the words of one of his ... See full summary »
29. Stairway to Light (1945)
Approved | 10 min | Short, Drama, History
The story of 18th Century French physician Dr. Phillipe Pinel, whose initiated enlightened, humane treatment of the mentally ill.
30. Star in the Night (1945)
Not Rated | 22 min | Short, Drama, Family
Three cowboys riding across the desert with gifts for no particular recipient, see a distant bright light and find it comes from the Star Auto Court sign where the owners and guests work together to help a young pregnant wife and husband.
31. Facing Your Danger (1946)
Approved | 10 min | Documentary, Short, Sport
Par of the Warner Brothers Sports Parade series, this short film chronicles the attempt by a group of men to navigate the Colorado river through the Grand Canyon to Lake Mead. Led by Norman... See full summary »
32. A Boy and His Dog (1946)
Approved | 21 min | Short, Drama, Family
One Friday afternoon, young Davy Allen discovers that a dog, Buck, is badly wounded around the neck because of the collar he is forced to wear by his owner, Mr. Thornycroft. When Buck comes... See full summary »
33. Goodbye, Miss Turlock (1948)
Approved | 11 min | Short
Oscar-winning short film has an adult looking back fondly at his childhood when he was taught in a one-room schoolhouse by Miss Turlock, a stern, but caring and respected teacher.
34. Climbing the Matterhorn (1947)
21 min | Short, Documentary
Iring Allen was filming High Conquest when he shot this short film. Locale villagers rescue a couple trapped om the mountain.
20 min | Documentary, Short
A short impression of Stockholm.
Director: Arne Sucksdorff
36. Seal Island (1948)
Approved | 27 min | Documentary, Short, Family
38. Van Gogh (1948)
20 min | Documentary, Short
The biography of Dutch artist Van Gogh, illustrated only with images of his paintings and drawings, or details of those, and according dramatic musical score.
39. Grandad of Races (1950)
Not Rated | 9 min | Documentary, Short, Sport
The annual horse race held in the Piazza del Campo in Siena is highlighted in all its color, pomp, and pageantry.
40. Beaver Valley (1950)
Approved | 32 min | Documentary, Short, Family
42. Nature's Half Acre (1951)
Passed | 33 min | Documentary, Short, Family
The variety of wildlife in a meadow - particularly insects and flowers - is observed over the course of a year, through the use of microphotography and time-lapse photography.
43. Light in the Window (1952)
10 min | Short
An innovative profile of the painter Johannes Vermeer.
Director: Jean Oser
44. Water Birds (1952)
Approved | 30 min | Documentary, Short, Family
45. Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor (1953)
Passed | 9 min | Short, Music
Johnny Green conducts the MGM Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the title work.
46. Bear Country (1953)
Not Rated | 33 min | Short, Documentary, Family
The lives of black bears in Yellowstone National Park.
47. This Mechanical Age (1954)
10 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy
48. A Time Out of War (1954)
20 min | Short, Drama, War
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 ... See full summary »
50. The Face of Lincoln (1956)
20 min | Documentary, Short
Head of the sculpture dpeartment at USC when this film was made (by USC), Merrell Gage was a lifelong expert on Abraham Lincoln. This short was a lecture often given by Gage, using wet clay... See full summary »
51. Crashing the Water Barrier (1956)
Passed | 9 min | Documentary, Short, Biography
This Oscar-winning short documentary follows the exploits of Donald Campbell on Lake Mead, Nevada in his boat Bluebird as he attempts to be the first to successfully set a water speed record in excess of 200 mph.
52. The Bespoke Overcoat (1955)
36 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy
Fender is a lowly clerk in the warehouse of clothing manufacturers Ranting and Co. His one ambition is to have an overcoat of his own. Refused one by the cold hearted Ranting he asks a ... See full summary »
57. Seawards the Great Ships (1961)
28 min | Documentary, Short
Documentary about shipbuilding on the Clyde. In 1960, Glasgow and other towns and ports on the River Clyde, on the west coast of Scotland, were still one of the world's great centres of ... See full summary »
58. Happy Anniversary (1962)
15 min | Short, Action, Comedy
A woman is preparing a romantic dinner for two for her and her husband to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Her husband is out running a series of errands, most of his stops to pick up ... See full summary »
59. Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962)
TV-PG | 28 min | Short, Adventure, Drama
In 1862, during the American Civil War, a Southern civilian is about to be hanged for attempting to sabotage a railway bridge. When the execution takes place from the bridge, the rope breaks and he begins his escape toward home.
64. Robert Kennedy Remembered (1968)
30 min | Documentary, Short
Shown on all television networks simultaneously and at the Chicago Democratic National Convention in August of 1968, this moving film tribute to a man who had hoped to win the presidency ... See full summary »
66. The Resurrection of Broncho Billy (1970)
23 min | Western, Short
The story of a young man (Johnny Crawford) who dreams of being a cowboy in the old west, but lives in a big city in present time.
69. The Bolero (1973)
26 min | Short, Music, Documentary
The first part of this Academy Award-winning short consists of a behind-the-scenes look at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra as it prepares to perform Ravel's "Bolero." Individual ... See full summary »
71. Angel and Big Joe (1975)
27 min | Short, Drama
Big Joe is a lineman for the telephone company. Angel is a teenage migrant worker. They form an unlikely alliance and start a rose-growing business. At first wary of each other, they grow ... See full summary »
72. In the Region of Ice (1976)
37 min | Short
In this American Film Institute-subsidized short subject, Fionnula Flanagan plays a sharp-tongued but compassionate nun, while Peter Lempert is cast as a sullen, emotionally disturbed boy. ... See full summary »
73. I'll Find a Way (1977)
26 min | Documentary, Short
Nadia DeFranco lives in Toronto and she has spina bifida. This film follows her through some of her daily activities as she goes to school, works with her therapists, visits her relatives and lives life with her family.
Director: Beverly Shaffer
75. Board and Care (1980)
27 min | Short
Two young people with Down's Syndrome desire to have a relationship. The film's two Down's Syndrome stars give the story a poignant relevance no professional actors could achieve. Enhanced ... See full summary »
76. The Dollar Bottom (1981)
G | 33 min | Short
Light-hearted tale about an enterprising Edinburgh boarding school boy who sets up an insurance scheme for fellow pupils in 1953 against getting caned, which quickly earns him a small fortune
77. Violet (1981)
31 min | Short
Badly scarred in a childhood accident, Violet boards a bus in North Carolina on a pilgrimage to Oklahoma to visit a TV preacher, the one that heals. On the bus, she meets two soldiers on ... See full summary »
78. A Shocking Accident (1982)
25 min | Short, Comedy, Romance
When he was a child, Jerome was told that his father died on a bizarre accident involving a pig that fell from a balcony. He refuses to accept this fact and keeps creating another scenario ... See full summary »
80. Up (1984)
14 min | Short
Man (Ed Casaer) sets his pet hawk free and goes on a fantastic hang gliding adventure in search of his old friend. On the way, he encounters a boy (Erick McWayne) on a hillside who he offers to take on a flight.
81. Molly's Pilgrim (1985)
24 min | Short
Based on the beloved children's book of the same name by Barbara Cohen (who makes a cameo appearance as a school crossing guard in the film), "Molly's Pilgrim" tells the story of Molly, a ... See full summary »
82. Precious Images (1986)
8 min | Documentary, Short
A cross-cut of nearly 100 years of American movies. We see the most precious film sequences that we all remember: From "Citizen Kane" to "Star Wars", from "Some like it hot" to "E.T.". The ... See full summary »
Director: Chuck Workman
83. Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall (1987)
23 min | Comedy, Short
In this short film, our unemployed hero finds that getting that great job depends a lot on whom you choose to dance with at Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall.
84. The Appointments of Dennis Jennings (1988)
29 min | Comedy, Short
Dennis Jennings is an introverted daydreamer, sleepwalking through life. He is a professional waiter and has an equally-dull girlfriend, Emma. In an attempt to release his pent-up feelings ... See full summary »
87. Session Man (1991)
31 min | Short, Drama, Music
Classic hard rock band Raging Kings is making a new record. Talented session guitarist McQueen is called in to replace their disgruntled band member for one recording session. Could this be his one shot at success?
89. Black Rider (1993)
Not Rated | 12 min | Short, Comedy
A young black man is verbally harassed by an older woman on a streetcar, while the other passengers remain silent. He finally exacts his revenge.
90. Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life (1993)
Not Rated | 23 min | Short, Biography, Comedy
While trying to decide what Gregor Samsa wakes up as, Kafka's constantly being interrupted by knife-selling strangers, party noise, girls, fancy dress costumes, and other strange, dreamlike... See full summary »
92. Lieberman in Love (1995)
39 min | Short
Joe Lieberman is attracted to Shaleen. They begin a professional relationship, which continues even after Joe develops a romantic interest in a woman named Kate, who is married.
93. Dear Diary (1996)
22 min | Comedy, Short
The film revolves around a New York magazine art director, married and the mother of two, who, having just turned 40, decides to record the events of her day in a journal.
95. Election Night (1998)
Not Rated | 11 min | Short, Comedy
On his way to the polls, an idealist, yet absent-minded voter has to endure continuous waves of racist cab drivers and their offensive remarks.
30 min | Short
A widowed Midwestern housewife travels to Manhattan for the first time to visit her daughter. Once there, she becomes obsessed with the Hell's Angels-ish bikers' club across the street from her daughter's East Village apartment.
97. Quiero ser (I want to be...) (2000)
35 min | Short, Drama
The paths of two orphan brothers drastically change over the years, beginning when they were just boys living on the streets of Mexico City.
99. This Charming Man (2002)
30 min | Comedy, Short
Lars Hansen is in a job training program. He finds a potential job at a print shop, but his paperwork gets mixed up with an El Hassan. He is scheduled for a Danish class, since he's ... See full summary »
100. Two Soldiers (2003)
Not Rated | 40 min | Short, Drama, War
Mississippi, just before Pearl Harbor. Two brothers, Pete, about 19 and Willie, about 10 years younger. They are clearly close friends. The news arrives, and Pete goes to enlist. Willie ... See full summary »