Shorts 1929

by randvan | created - 10 Jun 2012 | updated - 23 Jun 2012 | Public

All short movies I have seen from 1929 ranked from best to worst.

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1. Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present 17 minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí

Votes: 39,491

2. Hell's Bells (1929)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The demons of hell play music for Satan, whose delight turns to wrath when an insubordinate refuses to become food for Cerberus.

Director: Ub Iwerks

Votes: 375

3. Big Business (1929)

19 min | Short, Comedy, Family

Ollie and Stanley are two Christmas Tree sales reps who get into one of their usual mutual destruction fights with a homeowner.

Directors: James W. Horne, Leo McCarey | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Charlie Hall

Votes: 2,371

4. The Skeleton Dance (1929)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Family, Short

The clock strikes midnight, the bats fly from the belfry, a dog howls at the full moon, and two black cats fight in the cemetery: a perfect time for four skeletons to come out and dance a bit.

Director: Walt Disney

Votes: 3,314

5. The Haunted House (1929)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey seeks shelter from a storm in a house that turns out to be haunted. The skeletons command him to play the organ; they dance and play along.

Director: Walt Disney | Star: Walt Disney

Votes: 611

6. Springtime (1929)

6 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Flowers, insects, and a crow family all dance to a jaunty tune celebrating spring. After a brief storm, grasshoppers, frogs, and spiders cavort to the Dance of the Hours.

Director: Walt Disney

Votes: 280

7. Liberty (1929)

20 min | Comedy, Short, Family

Two escaped convicts (Laurel & Hardy) change clothes in the getaway car, but wind up wearing each other's pants. The rest of the film involves their trying to exchange pants, in alleys, in ... See full summary »

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Tom Kennedy, Sam Lufkin

Votes: 1,223

8. Lambchops (1929)

8 min | Comedy, Short

George and Gracie enter an elegant drawing room, looking everywhere for something. Turns out, they're looking for the audience, and when George spots the camera, they start in on their ... See full summary »

Director: Murray Roth | Stars: George Burns, Gracie Allen

Votes: 337

9. The Barn Dance (1929)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey comes in his horse and buggy to pick up Minnie for the barn dance, but he's aced out by his rival, Pete, with a car, until the car breaks down. At the dance hall, Mickey dances on ... See full summary »

Director: Walt Disney | Star: Walt Disney

Votes: 370

10. Wrong Again (1929)

20 min | Comedy, Short

Among the horses stable hands Stanley and Oliver are tending is a thoroughbred named "Blue Boy." But when they overhear two men talking about a $5000 reward for the return of the stolen "... See full summary »

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harry Bernard, Josephine Crowell

Votes: 684

11. The Karnival Kid (1929)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey is selling hot dogs at a carnival next to the tent for Minnie the Shimmy Dancer. He gets into an argument with the barker. Minnie beckons him over to her trailer; he shows off the ... See full summary »

Directors: Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks | Stars: Walt Disney, Carl W. Stalling

Votes: 504

12. Bacon Grabbers (1929)

20 min | Comedy, Short

Stan & Ollie find work as debt collectors. Their first assignment is to collect a late payment on a radio set. The owner refuses to pay the debt, so Stan & Ollie decide to reclaim the set. ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis R. Foster | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Jean Harlow

Votes: 487

13. Mickey's Choo-Choo (1929)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey is a railroad engineer with an anthropomorphic locomotive. He feeds the train (coal), then feeds his dog, then makes lunch for himself. Minnie drops by and plays a tune on her fiddle... See full summary »

Director: Ub Iwerks | Star: Walt Disney

Votes: 334

14. Double Whoopee (1929)

19 min | Comedy, Short

Stanley and Oliver, in their new jobs as footman and doorman at a ritzy hotel, wreak their usual havoc on the guests, including partially undressing a swanky blonde guest and repeatedly ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis R. Foster | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jean Harlow, Chet Brandenburg

Votes: 835

16. The Plowboy (1929)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey goes about his farm chores, plowing with Horace and milking Clarabelle, while Minnie sings (until Mickey kisses her, when she stalks off). Clarabelle gets too friendly with Mickey, ... See full summary »

Director: Walt Disney | Stars: Walt Disney, Marjorie Ralston

Votes: 244

17. Finding His Voice (1929)

11 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

Animated figure Talkie gets a visit from his friend Mutie in search for a job. Talkie takes him to the Western Electric sound lab, where a technician explains the process of putting sound ... See full summary »

Directors: Max Fleischer, F. Lyle Goldman | Stars: Carlyle Ellis, Billy Murray, Walter Scanlan

Votes: 136

18. Regen (1929)

12 min | Short, Documentary

Rain falls on a Dutch city.

Directors: Mannus Franken, Joris Ivens

Votes: 1,261

19. Perfect Day (1929)

Approved | 19 min | Short, Comedy

Plans for a nice Sunday picnic seemed doomed even before Stanley and Oliver and their families get into the car. First the boys get into a fight and destroy all the sandwiches. Then the car... See full summary »

Director: James Parrott | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Kay Deslys

Votes: 1,098

20. Mickey's Follies (1929)

Approved | 7 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

Mickey puts on a show in his barnyard. A short dramatic scene by a chicken and rooster; an operatic ode by Patricia Pig, and then the main attraction: Mickey sings and plays his theme song, then dances to it.

Directors: Ub Iwerks, Wilfred Jackson | Stars: Walt Disney, Marjorie Ralston

Votes: 324

21. The Merry Dwarfs (1929)

6 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

A band of dwarfs dance while they work and play in the forest.

Director: Walt Disney

Votes: 206

22. Wild Waves (1929)

7 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Mickey Mouse is a singing lifeguard. Minnie Mouse is the damsel he must rescue before she is swept out to sea.

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Marjorie Ralston, Carl W. Stalling

Votes: 279

23. When the Cat's Away (1929)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

While Tom Cat goes away hunting, Mickey, Minnie, and their mouse friends break into his house and perform music. They play various tunes on the piano while the other mice hit household objects in tune to the music.

Director: Walt Disney

Votes: 248

24. The Opry House (I) (1929)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey Mouse runs a cheap opera house and performs on stage as a snake charmer, a belly dancer and a long-haired pianist.

Directors: Ub Iwerks, Walt Disney

Votes: 267

25. Skyscraper Symphony (1929)

Not Rated | 9 min | Short, Documentary

A montage of the skyscrapers of Manhattan opens with a succession of stationary views of the upper portions of numerous buildings. This is followed by a wide variety of fluid shots, which ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey

Votes: 222

26. That's My Wife (1929)

20 min | Comedy, Short

Oliver stands to inherit a large fortune from his rich Uncle Bernal, with the condition that he be happily married. But when Mrs. Hardy walks out just before Uncle Bernal is due for a visit... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd French | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jimmy Aubrey, Harry Bernard

Votes: 533

27. Angora Love (1929)

21 min | Comedy, Short

Stanley and Oliver are adopted by a runaway goat, whose noise and aroma in turn get the goat of their suspicious landlord. Attempts to bathe the smelly animal result in a waterlogged free-for-all.

Director: Lewis R. Foster | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harry Bernard, Charlie Hall

Votes: 619

28. Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid (1929)

5 min | Family, Animation, Short

A cartoonist draws Bosko, who promptly comes to life.

Director: Hugh Harman | Stars: Rudolf Ising, Carman Maxwell

Votes: 344

29. Black and Tan (1929)

Not Rated | 19 min | Drama, Short, Music

Duke Ellington in a jazz musical short with a tragic plotline.

Director: Dudley Murphy | Stars: Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Fredi Washington, Hall Johnson Choir

Votes: 318

30. The Jazz Fool (1929)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Horace pulls a wagon with a a small pipe organ, with Mickey at the keys; a sign on the side reads "Mickey's Big Road Show." They arrive, and Mickey's suitcase labeled "Jazz Fool" unfolds to... See full summary »

Directors: Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks | Star: Walt Disney

Votes: 258

31. Unaccustomed As We Are (1929)

Passed | 21 min | Comedy, Short

Oliver invites his friend Stanley over for a nice home-cooked meal, but Mrs. Hardy wants nothing to do with it and walks out. Mrs. Kennedy, Oliver's beautiful neighbor from across the hall,... See full summary »

Directors: Lewis R. Foster, Hal Roach | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Mae Busch

Votes: 842

32. Men O'War (1929)

Passed | 20 min | Short, Comedy, Family

Two sailors on leave, Stanley and Oliver meet two girls at a park and invite them to have a soda. Unfortunately, the boys have only enough money to split theirs, a point which Oliver can't ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis R. Foster | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Anne Cornwall

Votes: 865

33. The Mysteries of the Chateau de De (1929)

27 min | Documentary, Short

Mannequin hands hold a pair of dice. A castle is perched on a hilltop. Below it, a posh, modern villa. Meanwhile, far from Paris, two men with masked faces play dice in a bar. They decide ... See full summary »

Director: Man Ray | Stars: Georges Auric, Jacques-André Boiffard, Le Comte de Beaumont, Alice de Montgomery

Votes: 492

34. The Barnyard Battle (1929)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey, and a ragtag group of mice, defend their farm from a group of cats, in a sort of small-scale version of the Civil War (complete with appropriate uniforms and "Dixie").

Director: Ub Iwerks

Votes: 250

35. The Hoose-Gow (1929)

Passed | 18 min | Comedy, Short

Stanley and Oliver protest that they were only bystanders to the raid, but are hauled off to a prison labor camp anyway. They procede with their usual mayhem, Stanley getting his pick stuck... See full summary »

Director: James Parrott | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Symona Boniface, Chet Brandenburg

Votes: 796

36. Tusalava (1929)

9 min | Short, Animation

With the screen split asymmetrically, one part in positive, the other negative, the film documents the evolution of simple celled organic forms into chains of cells then more complex images... See full summary »

Director: Len Lye

Votes: 197

37. They Go Boom! (1929)

Not Rated | 20 min | Comedy, Short

Stanley's attempts to treat Oliver's cold include dropping a swab down his friend's throat, applying a mustard plaster to his rump, and inflating the air mattress from the gas jet until it has Oliver pressed against the ceiling.

Director: James Parrott | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall, Sam Lufkin

Votes: 742

38. El terrible toreador (1929)

6 min | Comedy, Animation, Family

A Spanish cantina. The toreador enters, sees the waitress being harassed, and confronts the military/police type doing the harassment. She comes to the bullfight.

Director: Walt Disney

Votes: 221

39. Sound Test for Blackmail (1929)

1 min | Short, Documentary

Alfred Hitchcock makes an experiment in this short film where he uses the sound device for the first time in a motion picture of his own. This is a sound test where the master of suspense ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Anny Ondra

Votes: 440

40. H2O (1929)

13 min | Documentary, Short

A study on water, the reflections and motions of the liquid that accentuates its ethereality and metallic beauty.

Director: Ralph Steiner

Votes: 571

41. Berth Marks (1929)

Passed | 19 min | Short, Comedy

Big-time (so they think) vaudeville stars Stanley and Oliver take the train to Pottsville, their next booking. On board, they bumble into the wrong sleeping compartment, startling a ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis R. Foster | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harry Bernard, Sammy Brooks

Votes: 908

42. Jungle Rhythm (1929)

7 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

Mickey's apparently on an African safari, riding on an elephant, but his shotgun disintegrates the first time he tries to use it. To sooth the vicious beasts, he plays tunes, sings, and ... See full summary »

Director: Walt Disney | Star: Walt Disney

Votes: 220