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1. Trifles (1930)

16 min | Short, Drama

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The Sheriff and County Prosecutor come to an isolated country farm where a woman killed her husband, attempting to gather evidence. Only their wives are able to solve the mystery, which they decide to keep to themselves.

Director: Bryan Foy | Stars: Jason Robards Sr., Sarah Padden, Blanche Friderici, Frank Campeau

2. Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder (1929)

8 min | Short, Musical

6.8
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Rose Marie, aged five or six, sings three numbers in the Vitaphone sound stage decorated as an elegant drawing room. "Heigh Ho, Everybody, Heigh Ho," "Who Wouldn't Be Jealous of You," and "... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Foy | Star: Rose Marie

Votes: 126

3. Story of a Dog (1945)

10 min | Documentary, Short

6.3
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We watch the life of a Coast Guard dog, from the dog's point of view, from induction to graduation and then into a jungle to hunt for an enemy sniper. To pass muster, dogs must be of a ... See full summary »

Star: Knox Manning

Votes: 77

4. Don't Get Nervous (1929)

TV-G | 9 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

5.8
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Georgie Price tells Bryan Foy, who is to direct his short film, that he is nervous about performing to a camera and microphone instead of an audience. He then sings a couple songs, in an Al Jolson/Eddie Cantor style.

Director: Bryan Foy | Stars: Georgie Price, Bryan Foy, Harold Levey, Frank McNellis

Votes: 64

5. You Don't Know the Half of It (1929)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Music

5.4
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A comedic team. The Ann seems to try and come across as a Mae West type. Jay plays the role of the straight partner.

Director: Murray Roth | Stars: Jay Brennan, Ann Butler

Votes: 27

6. Chaz Chase: 'The Unique Comedian' (1928)

7 min | Comedy, Short

5.4
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Returns from a party and states that he's still hungry. He eats the cigar he was smoking and then does some shimmying around the room. He then proceeds to light and eat his matches and then... See full summary »

Director: Murray Roth | Star: Chaz Chase

Votes: 29

7. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Crawford (1938)

9 min | Short, Music

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Directors: Lloyd French, Joseph Henabery | Stars: Jesse Crawford, Mrs. Jesse Crawford, The Fore Men, Lynn Martin

8. All Girl Revue (1940)

Approved | 8 min | Musical, Short

5.5
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Women are put in charge of the city government for a day, and the mayor must go to the train station to greet an opera singer.

Director: Lloyd French | Stars: June Allyson, The Harrison Sisters, Betty Mae Crane, Beverly Crane

Votes: 202

9. Harlem-Mania (1929)

8 min | Short, Music

6.9
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Opens with a man singing. He is followed by a couple of tap dancers and a comic drummer who is also unique. The person playing the keyboards may not ever be outperformed.

Director: Murray Roth | Stars: The Norman Thomas Quintette, Stanley Brown, Alphonse Kennedy, Norman Thomas

Votes: 9

10. Five Minutes from the Station (1930)

14 min | Drama, Short

5.9
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When Bert Adams brings his boss, Mr. Mason, home for dinner, he and his wife Carrie hope Mason will take the opportunity to announce that Bert will be promoted to fill a new vacancy in the ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Hurley | Stars: Lynne Overman, Sylvia Sidney, Berton Churchill

Votes: 69

11. Horace Heidt and His Californians (II) (1929)

Short, Musical

5.9
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Director: Murray Roth | Stars: Horace Heidt, Lee Lykins, Stuart Grove, Bobby Hackett

Votes: 23

12. The Jazzmania Quintette (1928)

10 min | Short, Music

6.4
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Stars: George Stoll, Edythe Flynn, The Hot Four

Votes: 32

13. Envy (1930)

9 min | Short, Comedy

4.2
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Two bored couples think they can find happiness if they exchange spouses for the evening.

Director: Arthur Hurley | Stars: Madge Evans, Eric Dressler, Romney Brent

Votes: 60

14. Sympathy (1929)

10 min | Short, Comedy

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Director: Bryan Foy | Stars: Hobart Cavanaugh, Regina Wallace, Harry Shannon, Wynne Gibson

15. Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Orchestra (1928)

10 min | Short, Music

5.9
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A performance film showing Arnheim and his tuxedo-clad musicians playing their instruments, facing the viewer. Two cameras are used, one taking a long view of the band, the other, medium close ups of the men as they do their various solos.

Stars: Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra, Gus Arnheim, Sunny Howard, Harry Robinson

Votes: 23

16. Poor Aubrey (1930)

15 min | Comedy, Short

5.9
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A poor clerk pretends that he has lots of money.

Director: Bryan Foy | Stars: Franklin Pangborn, Helen Ferguson, Clara Blandick, Ruth Lyons

Votes: 13

17. She Who Gets Slapped (1930)

8 min | Short, Comedy

6.2
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A meek husband takes lessons on how to take control of his dominating wife.

Director: Carter DeHaven | Stars: Tom Dugan, William Irving, Dorothy Christy, Bill Elliott

Votes: 5

18. Compliments of the Season (1930)

13 min | Drama, Short

6.0
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A released robber stops a young lady on Christmas eve from committing suicide by jumping in the water. She's from the country and can't find her friend who came to New York earlier but has ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Hurley | Stars: Eric Dressler, Lenita Lane, Weldon Heyburn, Pat O'Brien

Votes: 74

19. Jungle Thrills (1944)

Short, Sport

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A 1930s African hunt is profiled.

Director: Roger Q. Denny | Star: Lou Marcelle

20. 23 -- Skidoo (1930)

9 min | Comedy, Short

5.0
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Outdoor restaurant owner Otto Ott has trouble hiring waiters and gets only grief from his wife.

Director: Arthur Hurley | Stars: Lew Fields, Helen Goodhue, Gloria Shea

Votes: 45

21. Revival Day (1930)

9 min | Short, Comedy

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A black-face minstrel preacher motivates his congregation in song. Gags include a stockpile of guns outside the church and stolen chickens.

Directors: Roy Mack, Tenny Wright | Stars: Charles Timblin, Bobbe Arnst, Peggy Ellis

22. Rhythms (1929)

8 min | Short, Music

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Stars: Leo Reisman, Leo Reisman and His Orchestra, Smith Ballew

23. Ben Bernie and His Orchestra (1930)

Short, Comedy, Music

6.4
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Director: Murray Roth | Stars: Ben Bernie, Frances McCoy, Pat Kennedy

Votes: 22

24. Ski-Whizz (1944)

10 min | Short, Sport

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Director: Francis Corby | Star: Art Gilmore

25. Swing Cat's Jamboree (1938)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Music

6.8
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"Swing cat" Louis Prima and his jazz quintet play songs and accompany featured singers and dancers.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Louis Prima, Shirley Lloyd, Ted Gary, Mitzi Dahl

Votes: 76

26. Chips of the Old Block (1928)

TV-G | 8 min | Short, Comedy, Music

5.7
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The Foy Family performs a vaudeville act.

Director: Bryan Foy | Stars: The Foy Family, Eddie Foy Jr., Charley Foy, Irving Foy

Votes: 86

27. Fashion's Mirror (1930)

10 min | Short, Musical

4.3
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Duval's Fashion House is struggling, Mr. Duval believes in large part because of his playboy son, Jack, not pulling his weight in the business. Instead, Jack likes to gamble and cavort with... See full summary »

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Jack Thompson, Barbara Newberry

Votes: 19

28. Outdoor Living (1944)

Short

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Director: Howard Hill

29. Hands Tell the Story (1950)

Short

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A reel featuring human hands only.

Directors: Edwin Kasper, Hal Seeger | Star: Art Gilmore

30. What a Life (1930)

10 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

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A musical parody on prison reform in which a prison warden gives his cellblocks the look of a summer resort in order to stave off reformers.

Director: John G. Adolfi | Stars: Virginia Sale, William Irving, Frank Mills, Lon Poff

31. Harmonizing Songs (1930)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Music

7.0
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Jack King plays the piano and also asks her questions. Josephine goes through some songs and quips with vocal harmonizing.

Director: Arthur Hurley | Stars: Josephine Harmon, Jack King

Votes: 7

32. Hot Sands (1931)

10 min | Comedy, Short

4.1
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Owing to a wrongly posted road sign, a newlywed couple drive into Death Valley instead of their intended destination. After two days in the desert, they meet three men, also lost, who now ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred J. Goulding | Stars: Billy Wayne, Thelma White

Votes: 36

33. A Neckin' Party (1937)

Approved | 11 min | Comedy, Western, Short

5.4
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Edgar Bergen)and his wooden dummy, Charlie McCarthy), tired of night life, go do a dude ranch, in Mexico, for rest and recreation. But Charlies recreation consists of flirting with a pretty... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd French | Stars: Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd

Votes: 59

34. The Song Plugger (1930)

22 min | Short, Music

4.7
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Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Joe Frisco, Arthur Brooks, Leo Donnelly, James Dunn

Votes: 9

35. Yamekraw (1930)

10 min | Short, Musical

6.6
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In a wordless story with semi-surreal stage sets, a poor black man ventures from his ramshackle rural home to the big city, where a dancing girl in a dive two-times him. He returns to his home and wife's arms.

Director: Murray Roth | Stars: Louise Cook, Hugo Mariani, Jimmy Mordecai, Margaret Simms

Votes: 23

36. Bees A'Buzzin' (1943)

8 min | Documentary, Short

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Short history of bee keeping with close-up footage of a bee's life cycle.

Star: Lou Marcelle

37. Roseland (1930)

12 min | Short, Musical

5.3
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A pretty dance hall girl is looking for the right guy.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Ruth Etting, Donald Cook, Jimmy Grainger Jr.

Votes: 121

38. Fishing Around (1929)

9 min | Short, Comedy

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Director: Murray Roth | Stars: Howard Anderson, Rean Graves, Cole Carroll

39. Smart as a Fox (1946)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Family

5.8
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A fox cub experiences life in the forest.

Star: Knox Manning

Votes: 78

40. These Dry Days (1929)

8 min | Short, Comedy

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Director: Murray Roth | Stars: Fred Ardath, Klar Magnus, Harry Brooks, Claude Allen

41. The Prince of Wails (1929)

9 min | Short, Comedy

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Director: Murray Roth | Star: Mel Klee

42. Alice in Jungleland (1945)

10 min | Short

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Director: Marjorie Freeman | Star: Marvin Miller

43. High Water, a Song Poem of the Southland (1929)

10 min | Short, Musical

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Singer Guy Robertson sings against a backdrop of the Mississippi River film footage, including flooding scenes.

Director: Murray Roth | Stars: Guy Robertson, Marsh McGurdy

44. Bright Moments (1928)

10 min | Short, Comedy

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Jack Benny performs his violin, prompting the accompanying pianist to walk out. He then does a comedy sketch, interrupted by a daffy "Marie".

Stars: Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone

45. The Temple Scene from 'Aida' (1930)

Short, Musical

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Stars: Giovanni Martinelli, Ina Bourskaya

46. A Bird in the Hand (II) (1929)

9 min | Comedy, Short

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Director: Bryan Foy | Stars: Ann Codee, Frank Orth

47. One Way Out (1931)

Approved | 9 min | Comedy, Short

5.5
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Director: Arthur Hurley | Stars: Charles Lawrence, Thelma White, Ray Collins

Votes: 26

48. The Foys for Joys (1928)

Short, Comedy, Music

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Director: Bryan Foy | Stars: The Foy Family, Eddie Foy Jr., Charley Foy, Irving Foy

49. When Sports Were King (1954)

Approved | 10 min | Documentary, Short, History

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A compilation of archive footage from the 1920's (known as The Golden Age of Sports) that shows clips of the leading sports figures in America during that decade, including the great race ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Youngson | Stars: Dwight Weist, Lou Gehrig, Harold 'Red' Grange, Walter Hagen

50. Overseas Roundup (1945)

9 min | Documentary, Short

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Newsreel extracts: A Nazi submarine is shown attacked / military recreation at Bougainville / Persian transport of goods to Soviet forces / Merrill's Marauders in Burma / Hollywood entertainers overseas

Star: Ann Sheridan