|Before Kubrick started making feature films, he created three documentary shorts titles 'Flying Padre', 'Day of the Fight' and 'The Seafarers'. In 1951, Kubrick's first two documentaries 'Day of the Fight' and 'Flying Padre' were released within a month of each other. Both of these documentaries were inspired by features in Look Magazine. Kubrick's black and white film 'Day of the Fight' was released on 26 April 1951 and cost $3900 to make. The distribution rights to the 16 minute film sold to RKO for $4000. The film tells the story of a day before a fight for boxer Walter Cartier. 'Flying Padre' is nine minutes long and was released March 23, 1951. The story follows two days in the life of a Catholic Priest who ministers to parishioners by plane. Two years after the release of his first two shorts, Kubrick released his first colour film, 'The Seafarers. It was released 15 October 1953 for the Seafarers International Union.
Please note that The Seafarers is catalogued under this series as SK/4/1. However, material relating to 'Day of the Fight' and 'Flying Padre' can be found in the 'Brown Wallet K' [SK/1/2/29/3]. The seperation of this material was to maintain the original order of the archive.