Knowledge Identifier: $B_movie
Category: Movies & TV (402)
Launched in 1950.
Countries: United States (72%), U.S. (7%), United Kingdom (5%)
Linked to: Grand National Films Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Allied Artists Pictures Corporation, Fox Film Corporation
Although the U.S. production of movies intended as "'second features"' largely ceased by the end of the 1950s, the term "B movie" continued to be used in the broader sense it maintains today
In 1954, a young filmmaker named Roger Corman received his first screen credits as writer and associate producer of Allied Artists' "Highway Dragnet"
American International Pictures , founded in 1956 by James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff in a reorganization of their American Releasing Corporation , soon became the leading U.S. studio devoted entirely to B-cost productions
Charles Saunders (director) - The 1958 "English sexploitation movie", "Nudist Paradise", was perhaps the beginning of the end of Saunders' career in films, although he did make a B movie in the same year, called "Womaneater"
John Williams - Williams's first film composition was for the 1958 B movie "Daddy-O", and his first screen credit came two years later in "Because They're Young
Best known was Russ Meyer, who released his first successful narrative nudie, the comic "Immoral Mr. Teas", in 1959
As Roger Ebert explained in one 1974 review, "Horror and exploitation films almost always turn a profit if they're brought in at the right price
Morrissey - A third book, "Exit Smiling," which was actually written first and which dealt with obscure B movie actors, was initially rejected and remained unpublished until 1998
In 1984, New Horizons released a critically applauded movie set amid the punk scene written and directed by Penelope Spheeris
Gregory Dark - Dark directed or produced more than 30 action films and erotic thrillers as head of production for Axis Films, a B movie company, from 1987 to 1995
In 2005, the top ten movies at the U.S. box office included three adaptations of children's fantasy novels , a child-targeted cartoon, a comic book adaptation, a sci-fi series installment, a sci-fi remake, and a "King Kong" remake
Brian Thompson (actor) - In 2014, he produced, wrote and starred in the B movie, "The Extendables"