A Survey of Puppetry in Film?

I think it might be useful to compile a list of films that have used puppets. I first started thinking about this after reading Bil Baird’s The Art of the Puppet, with its many stills and backstage photographs of filmed puppet productions, including Baird’s own. Then I finally succeeded in seeing Santa Claus’ Punch and Judy, a short film from 1948 featuring the masterful puppetry of George Prentice (and viewable here). Then I read some articles on marionettes such as Marionettes Go Hollywood in old issues of Popular Science or Modern Mechanix, wherein I learned that Jack Benny was in a musical comedy in 1937 called Artists and Models, which featured a musical number with marionettes.

This may be a daunting task, but it would be nice to add something practical and unrelated to science fiction to the odd reference page. Many of these films are truly useful for research purposes where puppeteers and puppet builders are concerned.

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