By Don Miller
An unduly imprecise heritage of the minor studios, B motion pictures gathers jointly histories of such factories as Monogram and PRC. The publication was once cast from an essay that seemed in specialise in movie, and the e-book was once intended to join a chain less than the overall editorship of Leonard Maltin. It's doubtful what number if any of the proposed titles have been released. The index cites movie titles basically.
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Now his unit was to increase production. With the advantage of a large roster of players to choose from and the facilities of the vast MGM organization, the MGM lowbudget jobs oftcn appeared more elaborate than the expensive productions of another studio. This also worked against the MGM: at times. for it would seem that cast and crew gave the impression of slumming, that this wasn't really their metier, that they really belonged in a higher strata. but if Mr. Mayer says to make it quickly, then so be it.
28 . A if. ' f, E f ,-. i But the problem melodramas were Mayfair‘: forte, and some of the titles tell all: Her Resale Value, Her Forgotten Past, Dance Hal! Hostess, Sister ta Judas, Alimony Madness. All 1933 releases. The following year, with a change in producers, Mayfair swung to the action market with Buster Crabbe in Badge of Honor and The Oil Raider, and Jack Lakue surprisingly turning to the side of the law in The Fighting Rookie. The shock of LaRue's temporary reformation rnust have been too much for Mayfair.
And other gaieties, holds up fairly well because of the players, and the unaccustomed verve in the direction by Ben Holmes. Preston Foster handled himself well in a pair of hardboiled detective stories, We're Only Human (1935) and Mus: ‘em Up (1936), the latter particularly vigorous in its script by Erwin Gelsey and direction by Charles Vidor. But Foster was also mired in simple comedies like You Carr’: Bent Love (1937) for which he was ill-suited; he was too big a boy to try the pretense of coyness.
“B” Movies: An Informal Survey of the American Low-Budget Film 1933–1945 by Don Miller