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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 361 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (December 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345347102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345347107
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ross Learn on March 2, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the ONLY book you will ever need if you like to read about B-Pictures. Don Miller certainly knew alot about this genre of film. I have read this book easily 10 times from cover to cover and it never strays far from my desk. He covers not only the Bs released by the major studios, but also tells about the smaller companies efforts to compete with the "Majors". The interesting thing that I found with this book is that you are more likely to recognize the titles and stars of the B-movies, as you would the A-movies he mentions. The B-pictures, in most instances, were the saviors of the studios, in years where the A-product just wasn't working. Miller recognizes this and seems to delight in telling about "Bs" that did better in the box office than the "As". The forward to the book is written by Miller's friend, Leonard Maltin, who seems to be awestruck by Miller's indepth knowledge on the subject. This is truely one of the best books I have ever owned....and it is out of print too....sorry, I wouldn't sell my copy if ya paid me!...;)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Cooper VINE VOICE on December 10, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First. let's say that Miller certainly knew what he was talking about and that the book is a great source of information. There's not many who would want to study this area in such detail as Miller. Miller will certainly identify a number of worthwhile "minor" films that you will enjoy. That said, one wishes he did not stop at 1945 as B movies continued to flourish for many years after that. So what you get here is avery thorough review of pre 1945 B movies and nothing after that.
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By Calicokid on November 2, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Miller's erudite yet breezy surveying of the golden age of 'B' movies is priceless. The details about script, producer, director and cast triggered many memories of these 'classics' and prompted me to hunt up a few just to relive sitting through them again, just as I did as a child in the first row, Saturday afternoons, in my local 3rd run movies house. In the early days of television we were able to see many of the gems he writes about. Many of the films were shown in cut prints (without digital enhancement) which made them even shorter than their original hour or so running time but seeing some of the 'stars' again was like renewing an old friendship

The author's obvious love of the genre is apparent in every word. My copy, which falls apart more and more as I thumb through the loose, yellowing pages,(a paperback, you know) each time I gingerly take it down from the shelf, never fails to make me smile.

I recently purchased a boxed set of three 'Flash Gordon' serials (from Image Productions) and was amazed at the quality of the approximately 70 year old prints. Yes, the production is kind of cheesy, the acting is iffy but still, given the young audience they were made to please, they gave many hours of pleasure back then and to a somewhat lesser extent today. The set was worth it just to see 'Ming The Merciless' again. These are the kind of 'treasures' you find tucked into those gigantic out-of-copyright collections put out by MILLCREEK (and others).

There are many 'B' movies made these days ... they just don't call them that. Today the 'B' stands for 'Blockbuster'.

If you love the old 'B' Movies, you'll love this book.
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By D. Payne on August 27, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For someone like myself who not only collects B Movies, but loves them, this book was a treasure. It is also a great reference book. Don covers all genres, all studios (including the independents) keying on the era from 1933-1945. What I found wonderful about the book is that Don had actually watched these movies and comments a couple of sentences on each. Some of these movies don't even have comments on the Internet Data Base so he covers incredibly rare films.

As a warning I should mention this is a book by someone who loves true B movies. If you are one who thinks the term B Movie means bad movie and are expecting a book on the worst movies ever made, this is NOT for you. But if you are looking for a helpful reference book to help you decide which old films you'd like to add to your collection, this is simply the best book ever written.
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