Shorts 1931

by randvan | created - 13 Jun 2012 | updated - 10 Jul 2012 | Public

All short movies I have seen from 1931 ranked from best to worst.

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1. The Ugly Duckling (1931)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

A black duckling is rejected by its mother, a hen, but manages to prove his worth when a tornado threatens the hen's chicks.

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Star: Florence Gill

Votes: 859

2. Bimbo's Initiation (1931)

Not Rated | 6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Bimbo the dog is initiated into a secret society in a sadistic 'fun house'; then Betty Boop (with dog's ears) takes a hand.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Billy Murray, Mae Questel

Votes: 1,153

3. The Beach Party (1931)

8 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A fun day at the beach. While Mickey, Horace, and Clarabelle go swimming, or try to, Minnie lays out a picnic. Pluto discovers why you shouldn't chase a crab. Everyone digs in to lunch. ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner

Votes: 246

4. Mickey's Orphans (1931)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

At Christmastime, Mickey Mouse, Minnie and Pluto are beset by an enormous litter of bratty orphan cats.

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner

Votes: 500

5. The Cat's Out (1931)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The family cat, out for the night, stalks and catches a bird singing atop the weathervane, but it flies off, pulling the cat and weathervane down and knocking the cat out. The cat has a ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson

Votes: 160

6. The Moose Hunt (1931)

7 min | Comedy, Family, Animation

Mickey's hunting, along with a characteristically playful and distracted (and uncharacteristically talkative) Pluto. Pluto fetches a forked branch, and Mickey shoots, mistaking it for ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney

Votes: 219

7. The China Plate (1931)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Fantasy

The emperor's musicians play their instruments (and a stray cat) while the ladies of the court dance. Meanwhile, the children fish and play. But soon, the children anger the emperor, who ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson

Votes: 283

8. Traffic Troubles (1931)

7 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Mickey is driving a taxi. His first fare is a very large gentleman. Mickey stops traffic and gets a tongue-lashing from the officer. The cab runs into some bad road, bounces the fare down ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Marcellite Garner, Walt Disney

Votes: 244

9. The Fox Hunt (1931)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

It's morning in the English countryside and time for the gentry to participate in their favorite sport: the fox hunt.

Director: Wilfred Jackson

Votes: 129

10. Egyptian Melodies (1931)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Short, Family

A spider sneaks into the Sphinx and has several spooky encounters.

Director: Wilfred Jackson

Votes: 372

11. Dizzy Red Riding-Hood (1931)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Betty Boop goes to Grandma's through the woods despite wolf warnings; but Bimbo follows and gives the old story a new twist.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Ann Little, Billy Murray

Votes: 128

12. Mickey Cuts Up (1931)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

Mickey and Minnie are next-door neighbors tending their yards. When Minnie is captured by a bird's song, Mickey hides in his bird-house and pretends to be a bird himself, until a cat ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner

Votes: 241

13. Mask-A-Raid (1931)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Betty Boop is queen of the Masquerade Ball where, among other antics, Bimbo and a lecherous old man vie for her affections.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Ann Little, Billy Murray

Votes: 99

14. Mother Goose Melodies (1931)

Approved | 8 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

An extremely large Old King Cole sings his story. His "fiddlers three" turn out to be the Three Blind Mice. And his book is Mother Goose, which illustrates Little Miss Muffett, Jack and ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Marion Darlington, Walt Disney, Allan Watson

Votes: 332

15. Fishin' Around (1931)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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. Finally, the game warden spots them (Mickey had ignored the ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Star: Walt Disney

Votes: 210

16. Jack and the Beanstalk (1931)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Bimbo climbs a beanstalk to find Betty Boop enslaved by the giant.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Ann Little, Billy Murray, William Pennell

Votes: 110

17. Minding the Baby (1931)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Bimbo's minding his baby brother, but neighbor Betty Boop (with dog's ears) wants him to come over and play.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Billy Murray, Mae Questel

Votes: 85

18. The Spider and the Fly (1931)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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, and the male summons the cavalry, which arrives ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson

Votes: 178

19. Mickey Steps Out (1931)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey heads over to see Minnie, but Pluto won't leave him alone. He gets there and watches through the window, standing on Pluto, while Minnie plays piano. Pluto runs off to chase a cat ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Marcellite Garner, Walt Disney

Votes: 273

20. The Barnyard Broadcast (1931)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey runs radio station ICU from his barn. His friends play various musical numbers. A cat wanders in and starts yowling (which sets Pluto, who was listing from his doghouse, off). Mickey... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner

Votes: 215

21. Douro, Faina Fluvial (1931)

20 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary that looks at the people working in the river Douro, around the city of Porto.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira

Votes: 536

22. Spooks (1931)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Flip the Frog finds himself in a house haunted by crazy skeletons.

Director: Ub Iwerks

Votes: 143

23. Beau Hunks (1931)

Approved | 37 min | Short, Comedy

Jilted by his girlfriend, "Jeanie-Weenie," Oliver joins the Foreign Legion to forget, bringing Stanley along with him. They wilt under the scorching desert sun and under the harsh ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James W. Horne, Charles Middleton

Votes: 1,219

24. The Birthday Party (1931)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey's friends throw him a wild surprise birthday party.

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Marcellite Garner, Walt Disney

Votes: 308

25. The Bum Bandit (1931)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Masked bandit Bimbo holds up a train carrying someone tougher...Betty Boop (with dog's ears), played by a different, deeper-voiced actress.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Star: Harriet Lee

Votes: 83

26. The Castaway (1931)

7 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

Mickey, apparently shipwrecked, is on a raft; he washes up on a tropical island, where a banana tree takes care of his hunger. He then discovers a piano that washed ashore, and begins ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Star: Walt Disney

Votes: 281

27. The Delivery Boy (1931)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Delivery boy Mickey encounters Minnie washing clothes and singing. He stops for a quick song and dance with her. Meanwhile, Pluto gets tangled up in tar. Mickey sends a beehive flying; it ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Marcellite Garner, Walt Disney

Votes: 186

28. The Busy Beavers (1931)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

A group of beavers goes about their dam-building, musically. The rain comes, and washes the dam away.

Director: Burt Gillett

Votes: 289

29. The Stolen Jools (1931)

Not Rated | 20 min | Comedy, Short

Star-packed promotional short subject intended to raise funds for the National Variety Artists tuberculosis sanatorium, produced in association with a cigarette company! Plot involves the ... See full summary »

Directors: William C. McGann, John G. Adolfi, Thomas Atkins, Harold S. Bucquet, Victor Heerman, Russell Mack | Stars: Norma Shearer, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Wallace Beery

Votes: 704

30. Bimbo's Express (1931)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Betty Boop (with dog's ears) is moving; Bimbo comes with his moving van and is smitten with her. Songs: "Moving Day," "Hello Beautiful."

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Billy Murray, Mae Questel

Votes: 93

31. Laughing Gravy (1930)

Passed | 21 min | Short, Comedy

Stan and Ollie try to hide their pet dog Laughing Gravy from their exasperated, mean tempered landlord, who has a "No Pets" policy.

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harry Bernard, Charles Dorety

Votes: 1,239

32. Blue Rhythm (1931)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey plays a bluesy tune on a piano on a stage. Minnie sings. Then an unseen band plays while both sing and dance. Mickey then leads the 9-piece band in an uptempo number, with Pluto on ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner

Votes: 239

33. Chickens Come Home- (1931)

Passed | 30 min | Short, Comedy

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'). Stan's attempts to help Ollie keep the blackmailer ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Baldwin Cooke

Votes: 1,112

34. On the Loose (1931)

20 min | Comedy, Short

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.

Director: Hal Roach | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Zasu Pitts, Thelma Todd

Votes: 287

35. Taris (1931)

Not Rated | 10 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

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.

Director: Jean Vigo | Star: Jean Taris

Votes: 1,682

36. Autumn Fire (1931)

22 min | Short, Romance

A story told with few words. We see a solitary man and a solitary woman, each alone with their thoughts. She is in the country, staring out a window. Nature is quiet, waiting for spring, ... See full summary »

Director: Herman G. Weinberg | Stars: Erna Bergman, Willy Hildebrand

Votes: 225

37. Bosko's Soda Fountain (1931)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

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.

Director: Rudolf Ising | Stars: Rochelle Hudson, Johnny Murray

Votes: 103

38. One Good Turn (1931)

Passed | 20 min | Short, Comedy

Stan and Ollie are down on their luck and beg at an old lady's house for food. While they are eating they overhear a villainous landlord (Finlayson) threatening to evict her if she does not... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mary Carr, James Finlayson

Votes: 971

39. Yodeling Yokels (1931)

7 min | Animation, Family, Short

Bosko and Honey yodel happily in the Alps until a series of disasters end with Honey rushing downriver on an ice floe.

Directors: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising | Stars: Rochelle Hudson, Johnny Murray

Votes: 100

40. Come Clean (1931)

20 min | Short, Comedy

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. But their subterfuge is discovered, and to make... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Gertrude Astor

Votes: 782

41. One More Time (1931)

7 min | Family, Animation, Musical

Cop Foxy is trying to enforce the law in town, but dangerous drivers and gangsters who also kidnap his sweetheart are making this difficult.

Director: Rudolf Ising | Star: Carman Maxwell

Votes: 177

42. The Herring Murder Case (1931)

Animation, Short, Comedy

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, but the killer returns to the victim....

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Shamus Culhane | Star: Ann Little

Votes: 23

43. The Clock Store (1931)

7 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

The various clocks and watches in a clock store dance, ring alarms musically, and otherwise entertain us in an after hours presentation.

Director: Wilfred Jackson

Votes: 166

44. Birds of a Feather (1931)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Comedy, Musical

Swans swim by; a peacock displays its plumage in glorious black-and-white while a passing duck jeers; assorted songbirds chirp; a woodpecker chases a caterpillar; a chorus of owls croons. A... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Star: Florence Gill

Votes: 258

45. Making 'Em Move (1931)

7 min | Animation, Short

Add a Plot

Directors: Harry Bailey, John Foster

Votes: 101

46. Silly Scandals (1931)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Billy Murray, Mae Questel, Gus Wickie

Votes: 105

47. Dumb Patrol (1931)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

During the Great War, Bosko and a fearsome beast are in a dogfight. Bosko loses, but that's only the first battle.

Directors: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising | Stars: Rochelle Hudson, Johnny Murray

Votes: 98

48. A Bronx Morning (1931)

Not Rated | 11 min | Documentary, Short

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.

Director: Jay Leyda

Votes: 338

49. Bosko the Doughboy (1931)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Bosko is a doughboy in the Great War.

Director: Hugh Harman | Star: Carman Maxwell

Votes: 172

50. Ragtime Romeo (1931)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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.

Director: Ub Iwerks

Votes: 57

51. Bosko's Holiday (1931)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

Bosko and Honey go on a picnic that ends badly.

Directors: Hugh H