Shorts 1931

All short movies I have seen from 1931 ranked from best to worst.
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1.
The Ugly Duckling (1931 Short Film)
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A black duckling is rejected by its mother, a hen, but manages to prove his worth when a tornado threatens the hen's chicks. (7 mins.)
 
2.
Bimbo's Initiation (1931 Short Film)
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Bimbo the dog is initiated into a secret society in a sadistic 'fun house'; then Betty Boop (with dog's ears) takes a hand. (6 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
3.
The Beach Party (1931 Short Film)
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A fun day at the beach. While Mickey, Horace, and Clarabelle go swimming, or try to, Minnie lays out a picnic... (8 mins.)
 
4.
Mickey's Orphans (1931 Short Film)
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At Christmastime, Mickey Mouse, Minnie and Pluto are beset by an enormous litter of bratty orphan cats. (7 mins.)
 
5.
The Cat's Out (1931 Short Film)
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The family cat, out for the night, stalks and catches a bird singing atop the weathervane, but it flies off... (7 mins.)
 
6.
The Moose Hunt (1931 Short Film)
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Mickey's hunting, along with a characteristically playful and distracted (and uncharacteristically talkative) Pluto... (7 mins.)
 
7.
The China Plate (1931 Short Film)
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The emperor's musicians play their instruments (and a stray cat) while the ladies of the court dance... (7 mins.)
 
8.
Traffic Troubles (1931 Short Film)
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Mickey is driving a taxi. His first fare is a very large gentleman. Mickey stops traffic and gets a tongue-lashing from the officer... (7 mins.)
 
9.
The Fox Hunt (1931 Short Film)
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It's morning in the English countryside and time for the gentry to participate in their favorite sport: the fox hunt. (7 mins.)
 
10.
Egyptian Melodies (1931 Short Film)
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A spider sneaks into the Sphinx and has several spooky encounters. (6 mins.)
 
11.
Dizzy Red Riding-Hood (1931 Short Film)
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Betty Boop goes to Grandma's through the woods despite wolf warnings; but Bimbo follows and gives the old story a new twist. (6 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
12.
Mickey Cuts Up (1931 Short Film)
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Mickey and Minnie are next-door neighbors tending their yards. When Minnie is captured by a bird's song... (7 mins.)
 
13.
Mask-A-Raid (1931 Short Film)
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Betty Boop is queen of the Masquerade Ball where, among other antics, Bimbo and a lecherous old man vie for her affections. (7 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
14.
Mother Goose Melodies (1931 Short Film)
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An extremely large Old King Cole sings his story. His "fiddlers three" turn out to be the Three Blind Mice... (8 mins.)
 
15.
Fishin' Around (1931 Short Film)
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Mickey takes Pluto fishing in a boat on a lake, but they aren't too successful. The fish mock them, and even steal the bait can... (7 mins.)
 
16.
Jack and the Beanstalk (1931 Short Film)
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Bimbo climbs a beanstalk to find Betty Boop enslaved by the giant. (7 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
17.
Minding the Baby (1931 Short Film)
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Bimbo's minding his baby brother, but neighbor Betty Boop (with dog's ears) wants him to come over and play. (7 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
18.
The Spider and the Fly (1931 Short Film)
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A kitchen is filled with houseflies. A spider wakes up and plays his web like a harp, attracting a pair of them; the female is trapped... (7 mins.)
Director: Wilfred Jackson
 
19.
Mickey Steps Out (1931 Short Film)
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Mickey heads over to see Minnie, but Pluto won't leave him alone. He gets there and watches through the window... (7 mins.)
 
20.
The Barnyard Broadcast (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Mickey runs radio station ICU from his barn. His friends play various musical numbers. A cat wanders in and starts yowling (which sets Pluto... (8 mins.)
 
21.
Labor on the Douro River (1931 Documentary)
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A documentary that looks at the people working in the river Douro, around the city of Porto. (20 mins.)
 
22.
Spooks (1931 Short Film)
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Flip the Frog finds himself in a house haunted by crazy skeletons. (9 mins.)
 
23.
Beau Hunks (1931 Short Film)
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Jilted by his girlfriend, "Jeanie-Weenie," Oliver joins the Foreign Legion to forget, bringing Stanley along with him... (37 mins.)
Director: James W. Horne
 
24.
The Birthday Party (1931 Short Film)
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Mickey's friends throw him a wild surprise birthday party. (7 mins.)
 
25.
The Bum Bandit (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Masked bandit Bimbo holds up a train carrying someone tougher...Betty Boop (with dog's ears), played by a different, deeper-voiced actress. (6 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
26.
The Castaway (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Mickey, apparently shipwrecked, is on a raft; he washes up on a tropical island, where a banana tree takes care of his hunger... (7 mins.)
Director: Wilfred Jackson
 
27.
The Delivery Boy (1931 Short Film)
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Delivery boy Mickey encounters Minnie washing clothes and singing. He stops for a quick song and dance with her... (8 mins.)
Director: Burt Gillett
 
28.
The Busy Beavers (1931 Short Film)
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A group of beavers goes about their dam-building, musically. The rain comes, and washes the dam away. (7 mins.)
Director: Burt Gillett
 
29.
The Stolen Jools (1931 Short Film)
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Star-packed promotional short subject intended to raise funds for the National Variety Artists tuberculosis sanatorium... (20 mins.)
 
30.
Bimbo's Express (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Betty Boop (with dog's ears) is moving; Bimbo comes with his moving van and is smitten with her. Songs: "Moving Day," "Hello Beautiful." (7 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
31.
Laughing Gravy (1930 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Stan and Ollie try to hide their pet dog Laughing Gravy from their exasperated, mean tempered landlord, who has a "No Pets" policy. (21 mins.)
Director: James W. Horne
 
32.
Blue Rhythm (1931 Short Film)
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Mickey plays a bluesy tune on a piano on a stage. Minnie sings. Then an unseen band plays while both sing and dance... (7 mins.)
 
33.
Chickens Come Home- (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Ollie is running for mayor when an old flame (Mae Busch) tries to blackmail him with a old photo ('just the same old apple-cheeked boy')... (30 mins.)
Director: James W. Horne
 
34.
On the Loose (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The girls, tired of being taken to Coney Island by all the local boys, meet up with two Englishmen who offer to take them on a date--to Coney Island. (20 mins.)
Director: Hal Roach
 
35.
Taris (1931 Documentary)
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Jean Vigo films the talents of great swimming champion Jean Taris performing different acts. Vigo film technique allied with Taris swimming style are intertwined with grace and effect. (10 mins.)
Director: Jean Vigo
Stars: Jean Taris
 
36.
Autumn Fire (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A story told with few words. We see a solitary man and a solitary woman, each alone with their thoughts... (15 mins.)
 
37.
Bosko's Soda Fountain (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Bosko is a soda jerk, who gives poor service to a mouse and to his former schoolteacher. Later, he must contend with Honey's bratty kitten pupil. (7 mins.)
 
38.
One Good Turn (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Stan and Ollie are down on their luck and beg at an old lady's house for food. While they are eating... (20 mins.)
Director: James W. Horne
 
39.
Yodeling Yokels (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Bosko and Honey yodel happily in the Alps until a series of disasters end with Honey rushing downriver on an ice floe. (7 mins.)
 
40.
Come Clean (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The Hardys, hoping to avoid having the Laurels drop in and spoil their quiet evening, pretend not to be home when the couple inevitably call... (20 mins.)
Director: James W. Horne
 
41.
One More Time (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Cop Foxy is trying to enforce the law in town, but dangerous drivers and gangsters who also kidnap his sweetheart are making this difficult. (7 mins.)
 
42.
The Herring Murder Case (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The Herring is murdered, and detective bimbo is trying to find the murderer, but the first tracks he follows are just the one of a big footed mouse...
Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Ann Little
 
43.
The Clock Store (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The various clocks and watches in a clock store dance, ring alarms musically, and otherwise entertain us in an after hours presentation. (7 mins.)
Director: Wilfred Jackson
 
44.
Birds of a Feather (1931 Short Film)
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Swans swim by; a peacock displays its plumage in glorious black-and-white while a passing duck jeers;... (8 mins.)
 
45.
Making 'Em Move (1931 Short Film)
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(7 mins.)
 
46.
Silly Scandals (1931 Short Film)
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In a vaudeville act, Betty Boop (with dog's ears) sings "You're Drivin' Me Crazy;" Bimbo sneaks into the show and runs afoul of a stage hypnotist. (6 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
47.
Dumb Patrol (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
During the Great War, Bosko and a fearsome beast are in a dogfight. Bosko loses, but that's only the first battle. (7 mins.)
 
48.
A Bronx Morning (1931 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Arrival in the Bronx is shown with a view from an elevated train as it enters the city. Then follows a montage of sights from the Bronx. Many typical neighborhood activities are shown, along with scenes from many local businesses. (11 mins.)
Director: Jay Leyda
 
49.
Bosko the Doughboy (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Bosko is a doughboy in the Great War. (7 mins.)
 
50.
Ragtime Romeo (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Flip the Frog serenades his feline sweetheart to the delight of everyone in her building - everyone, that is, except a homely cow, who is trying to get some sleep. (8 mins.)
 
51.
Bosko's Holiday (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Bosko and Honey go on a picnic that ends badly. (7 mins.)
 
52.
Laughing Gas (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Flip is a dentist. A walrus in the waiting room is apprehensive when he hears the screams of earlier patients... (6 mins.)
 
53.
In My Merry Oldsmobile (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A lady is rescued from a villain by a heroic young man, who then takes her for a spin in his Oldsmobile. (7 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
54.
Big Man from the North (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Bosko is a Mountie; his sergeant demands he get his man. (7 mins.)
 
55.
Teacher's Pest (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
56.
Jail Birds (1931 Short Film)
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(8 mins.)
 
57.
Hittin' the Trail for Hallelujah Land (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Piggy and Fluffy have adventures on a riverboat. And Uncle Tom is chased by skeletons promising to take him to Hallelujah Land. (7 mins.)
Director: Rudolf Ising
 
58.
Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A streetcar conductor has adventures with a would-be passenger hippo, a cow blocking the tracks, and a runaway train while he, his passengers, and some hobos sing the title song. (7 mins.)
 
59.
The New Car (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
 
60.
The Christmas Party (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Jackie wants to throw a Christmas party for his friends on his football team, but doesn't know how to go about it. His fellow stars at MGM decide to help him out. (9 mins.)
Director: Charles Riesner
 
61.
Wot a Night (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
On a dark and stormy night, Tom and Jerry, two ambitious cab drivers, wait outside a train station for fares... (9 mins.)
 
62.
Tree Saps (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
63.
You Don't Know What You're Doin'! (1931 Short Film)
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(7 mins.)
 
64.
Movie Mad (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Flip the Frog wants to be a movie actor, but a guard thwarts his attempts to sneak inside a movie studio. (7 mins.)
 
65.
Our Wife (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Oliver's plans to marry his hefty sweetheart go awry when the girl's father gets a load of her intended groom... (20 mins.)
Director: James W. Horne
 
66.
The Male Man (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
67.
Ups 'n Downs (1931 Short Film)
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Bosko runs a hot dog stand at an amusement park; but he sneaks away to the racetrack to ride his mechanical horse. (7 mins.)
 
68.
Red-Headed Baby (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
In a toy shop, a villainous spider threatens the happiness of a red-headed baby doll and her sweetheart, a toy soldier named Napoleon. (7 mins.)
 
69.
Twenty Legs Under the Sea (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
70.
Ain't Nature Grand! (1931 Short Film)
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Bosko fishes, and sings and dances with frogs. But two ladybugs use a wasp as an airplane, and a beehive and tree branch as a machine gun to drive him away. (7 mins.)
 
71.
Be Big! (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
On their way to the train station with their wives for a vacation in Atlantic City, Stanley and Oliver... (28 mins.)
 
72.
The Village Smitty (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
When a cat's horse throws a shoe while pulling her carriage, she enlists in the help of a blacksmith in re-shoeing her horse. (7 mins.)
 
73.
Lady, Play Your Mandolin! (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Things are hopping at a certain Mexican caf. And then Foxy walks in and the customers go really wild. (7 mins.)
 
74.
The Village Specialist (1931 Short Film)
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(6 mins.)
 
75.
The Tree's Knees (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Bosko the woodsman spurns cutting down trees and plays music instead. The trees and animals dance and make their own music. (7 mins.)
 
76.
The Soup Song (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Flip the Frog is a caf employee who performs with the band, makes soup and delivers food to patrons. (7 mins.)
 
77.
Bosko's Fox Hunt (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Bosko joins a wacky fox hunt. But if the hunt worries anyone, it isn't the fox. (6 mins.)
 
78.
Bosko Shipwrecked! (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Bosko is shipwrecked on an island where he is chased by a lion and pursued by simian cannibals. (7 mins.)
 
79.
Betty Co-ed (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A young dog calls on Betty but fraternity hazers kidnap him. With a Bouncing Ball, Rudy Vallee sings the title tune.
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
80.
A Swiss Trick (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Tom and Jerry are aboard a train making its way up a mountain in the Swiss Alps. When their train breaks down... (7 mins.)
 
81.
Africa Squeaks (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Flip the Frog finds himself in the wilds of Africa where he is captured by a tribe of cannibals, and is put into a pot to be boiled for dinner... (8 mins.)
 
82.
Kitty from Kansas City (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Sun bonneted Betty Boop takes a train to "Rudy Valley" where she gains weight and Rudy Vallee performs the title song with Bouncing Ball. (8 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
83.
Windy Riley Goes Hollywood (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A driver on a non-stop race from New York to San Francisco gets detoured to Hollywood, where he winds up working as a publicity man for a movie studio and assigned to revive the career of a beautiful but fading star. (18 mins.)