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date: 19 May 2022

B-movie (B-film, B-picture) 

A Dictionary of Film Studies

Annette Kuhn,

Guy Westwell

1. A low-budget film shown as part of a double bill alongside a major studio release.2. A second-best film comparing unfavourably with the main attraction. Associated with US cinema in the 1930s (though appearing from the late 1910s), the rise of the double bill was in part a consequence of Depression-era innovation, with filmmakers and exhibitors having to work harder to maintain their audience. B-movies were often but not always genre films, with the ... ...

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