B movie


a low-budget movie made especially to accompany a major feature film on a double bill.
Also called B-picture.
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a film originally made (esp in Hollywood in the 1940s and 50s) as a supporting film, now often considered as a genre in its own right

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B movie
1930s, usually said to be so called from being the second, or supporting, film in a double feature. But 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 made with less headline talent and released with less promotion.
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