The B-Film: Low-Budget Hollywood Cinema 1935-1959

One of the more interesting recent(-ish) series at Harvard Film Archive. I regret not going to see everything. Prospective watchlist.

This retrospective reconsiders the history and legacy of that singular mode of low-budget filmmaking invented within the Hollywood studio system and kindled long after as an ideal and an inspiration by diverse filmmakers from Jean-Luc Godard and Seijun Suzuki to Hartmut Bitomsky and Kathryn Bigelow. The B-film was a historically specific mode of cinema that flourished from the mid-1930s until the 1948 Paramount Decree, thanks to the institution of the double bill and the dedicated B-units established within the major studios. A major aim of this archaeological project is to carefully recover the real and historically specific meaning of the…

  • Detour
  • Five Came Back
  • Donovan's Brain
  • Crime Wave
  • Plunder Road
  • Island of Doomed Men
  • The Leopard Man
  • The Ghost Ship
  • Murder by Contract
  • Babes on Swing Street
  • The Man They Could Not Hang
  • The Crime of Doctor Crespi
  • Gun Crazy
  • Among the Living
  • Bewitched
  • Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence
  • Persons in Hiding
  • Stranger on the Third Floor
  • Blind Alley
  • The Steel Helmet
  • It Happened in Hollywood
  • The Fargo Kid
  • My Name Is Julia Ross
  • So Dark the Night
  • Thunderhoof
  • Ride Lonesome
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space
  • Weird Woman
  • Captive Wild Woman
  • Sh! The Octopus
  • The Devil Bat
  • Outrage
  • The Face Behind the Mask
  • Armored Car Robbery
  • The Narrow Margin
  • Dr. Broadway
  • Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore
  • The House of Fear
  • Daughter of Shanghai
  • Phantom of Chinatown
  • Strange Illusion
  • The Falcon and the Co-Eds
  • Nine Girls
  • Kid Glove Killer
  • When Strangers Marry
  • The Mark of the Whistler
  • Raw Deal
  • Woman on the Run