Independent director-producer Roger Corman, legendary for his exploitation films that catered to teenage audiences in drive-ins, has been labeled "King of the B Movies" for his proficiency in producing films with threadbare budgets. He's also nurtured a generation or two of Hollywood talent, including Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Nicholson, Peter Bogdanovich, Jonathan Demme, James Cameron, Ron Howard and Joe Dante, and helped launch or revive the careers of Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price and Sandra Bullock.
Corman began directing low-budget westerns, teen dramas and science fiction films in the mid-1950s, with the western "Five Guns West," and "Apache Woman" (1955), starring Lloyd Bridges as a federal agent who falls hard for a Native American beauty (Joan Taylor).
By CBSNews.com senior editor David Morgan
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