New PDF release: “B” Movies: An Informal Survey of the American Low-Budget

By Don Miller

An unduly vague background of the minor studios, B movies gathers jointly histories of such factories as Monogram and PRC. The ebook used to be solid from an essay that seemed in specialize in movie, and the e-book used to be intended to be a part of a chain lower than the final editorship of Leonard Maltin. It's doubtful what percentage if any of the proposed titles have been released. The index cites movie titles basically.

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Here, the three were Carey, Hoot Gibson and Guinn “Big Boy" Williams. each in his own right a popular Saturday matinee Western hero. , Buddy Roosevelt, William Desmond and numerous other veterans of the sagebrush. Because of its novelty, Powdzrsmoke Range has achieved near-classic status among the more impressionable fans, who tend to overlook its slowness of pace, stilted screenplay and not particularly adept action sequences. Much better was The Last Outlaw (1936), again with 47 Carey, Gibson and T .

But the second, Partner: in Crime, released later in the year, was a complete miss, so the series was discontinued. Gertrude Michael was her usual glamorous self, as Sophie Iang, the reformed jewel thief, but by the third entry, audience interest had dissipated; in 1937, Sophie Lang Goes West was released to general lack of acclaim, and the lady was not seen or heard from again. Somewhat more successful was the Bulldog Drummond series, despite cast changes and a tendency to become more absurd in plotting with each succeeding episode.

Unlike the other indies, the company prided itself on its versatility. lt would and did try every conceivable type of lm fare. hat the only sure way out of the economic doldrums was to make more pictures, for a wide audience, and, if possible, not to only maintain a standard of quality but to strive for constant improvement. Objectively it can be said that each year, Mon- ogram did indeed increase its production schedules, and the quality of product did improve. Perhaps their chief disadvantage, one shared by most other indies, was that Monogram failed to develop a dependable name for the marquee or to acquire an established star to draw audiences into theaters.

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