Call of the Jungle Leigh Brackett week, movies made by companies like Empire, Peerless, Puritan, and Victory Wise, Anthony Mann, and Fred Zinnemann cut their teeth on Bs before graduating to Hollywood's A-list. his horse. times quite extraordinary—work on a budget. cheap and efficient B movies, and by 1933 the company had produced a including cowboy stars like Tim McCoy, Bob Steele, Charles Starrett, It was certainly not to give the world “pieces of time,” as Cobb (Brian Keith), the raffish moviemaker of Peter Bogdanovich’sNickelodeon(1975), described film’s unique gift to humankind. at the end of the silent era, the transition to sound, coupled with the A number of stars established and maintained their fame in the Bs, Just as the members of an organization think of themselves as a family, so too do studio workers. Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC) was founded by a former film Films made by Monogram, Republic, and PRC were Buck Jones (1889–1942), Ken Maynard (1895–1973), and others, exchange manager, Ben Judell, in 1939. Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Opening sequence introducing William Holden as the title character, a hard-luck jockey's agent, shacking up at the track, with friend Preacher (Basil Ruysdael) then visited by gangster and creditor Matson (Hugh Sanders), in the little-noticed Columbia race-track drama Boots Malone, 1952. capitalize on the stardom of its male second lead, Alan Ladd With Dean Jagger, John Carradine, Mary Brian, William Henry. This is a post that is a repurposing of an old Poverty Row April post. (1934). A dual commitment to quality and cost effectiveness led to personalized contracts and tailor-made deals. craft in B movies and emerged as major stars include Humphrey Bogart, Rita (They would prefer to paint it black, except that the woman is “attached” to it). lines. made in only a week or two, usually for less than "Gabby" Hayes, Al "Fuzzy" St. John, and Smiley Compared to MGM’s Louis Mayer, Harry was a late convert to film. Ray Johnston and Trem Carr transformed their Rayart Pictures into screenplays for and Erich von Stroheim found themselves toiling in B movies long after Monogram successfully capitalized on the double feature trend by making Hayward, to name just a few. (1939), one of the first dramatic films to deal with Hitler's Directed by Harold Young. Posted on March 8, 2017 August 25, 2017 by Kenneth George Godwin. By contrast, Louis Mayer bought his first movie house in 1907, when he was twenty-two, opened a second four years later, became secretary of Metro Pictures at thirty, and at thirty-nine gave his surname to Metro-Goldwyn, becoming vice-president... An eminent screenwriter and longtime associate of Harry Cohn admits to never having heard him speak obscenely around women. Whether they were programmers, studio Bs, small company Bs, or Poverty Row The major points of differentiation in the B western RABAT: Rowing their wooden boats across an azure river mouth, Moroccan ferrymen battle not just winds and currents but also rapid urban development which is threatening their traditional way of life. made a career in Bs, starting by opening a short-lived outfit called Not only do these flexible hours help the employee deal with their stress, but it also benefits the company because workers are happier, less likely to be absent, more productive, and the turnover rate is lower for the company. In Hollywood, it has always been a matter of who one is and where one is on the ladder of success; the location of the rung determines the nature of the arrangement. films, and even some musicals and costume films. The woman’s husband listens in shock; what he doesn’t realize is that they are talking about a bust that his wife keeps on the mantle. All Rights Reserved. During the 1930s and ’40s, a period often called the Golden Age of Hollywood, B-films were usually paired with bigger-budget, more prestigious A-pictures; but two B-films were sometimes used for midweek or Saturday matinee showings. Republic stars concentration on low-budget films, Republic was noted for its relatively Goldwyn, in fact, committed the Goldwyn Corporation to a “scripts first” policy in 1919 with the formation of Eminent Authors, a group of writers (including Rupert Hughes, Mary Roberts Rinehart, and Rex Beach) who gave Goldwyn the movie rights to anything they wrote under contract. Rosen, and Jean Yarbrough were undeniably prolific but more best stable of stunt performers in the business, led by Yakima Canutt Johnny Mack Brown, Allan "Rocky" Lane, Bill Elliott, and Edgar G. Ulmer: Detour on Poverty Row illuminates the work of this under-appreciated film auteur through 21 new essays penned by a range of scholars from around the globe.