While the major Hollywood studios–Paramount, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and so on—controlled first-run movie theaters in the 1930’s and ‘40’s, the region’s many independent studios supplied small towns and third- and fourth-run movie houses in major cities with so-called “B films.” These were sometimes screened as a second feature to the big studio’s high-budget westerns, crime dramas, or horror movies. But some top film experts say these super low-budget films have their own allure, featuring outlandish, even lurid plots, but also great creativity, innovative plot structure, and just plain fun.

Down & Dirty in Gower Gulch” is the potboiler title for a colorful upcoming film festival presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive at Raleigh Studios, within blocks of where these low-budget gems were produced. 

LA Times and Arts Alive film critic Kenneth Turan tells us it’s a great opportunity to see some rarely screened, off-the-beaten-track movies from Hollywood’s golden period.

Posted 10/26/2018 8:40:17 AM