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B-movie

[bee-moo-vee] /ˈbiˌmu vi/
noun
1.
a low-budget movie made especially to accompany a major feature film on a double bill.
Also called B-picture.
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British Dictionary definitions for b movie

B-movie

noun
1.
a film originally made (esp in Hollywood in the 1940s and 50s) as a supporting film, now often considered as a genre in its own right
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Word Origin and History for b movie

B movie

n.

by 1939, usually said to be so called from being the second, or supporting, film in a double feature. Some film industry sources say it was so called for being the second of the two films major studios generally made in a year, and the one cast with less headline talent and released with less promotion. And early usage varies with grade-B movie, suggesting a perceived association with quality.

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Slang definitions & phrases for b movie

B movie

noun phrase

A usually low-budget movie intended for the broad middle ground of taste and meant to be primarily entertaining and narrative rather than serious, artistic, etc

[1930s+; fr their being the second movie in a double feature]


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