[ bee-moo-vee ]
/ ˈbiˌmu vi /


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



a film originally made (esp in Hollywood in the 1940s and 50s) as a supporting film, now often considered as a genre in its own right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


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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