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By the early 1960s, Roger Corman was entrenched as Hollywood's king of "B" movies. A young Jack Nicholson debuted in Corman's 1958 cheapie Cry Baby Killer and went on to star in seven more Corman flicks. Martin Scorsese worked for Corman, as did Francis Ford Coppola and Peter Bogdanovich. Of Corman's 300-odd horror and sci-fi films, the ending he says he likes best came in his 1961 work Creature from the Haunted Sea. An undersea monster devours a mobster, then takes his chest of gold to the bottom of the sea. "That's it," he writes in his autobiography, How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime. "The monster wins."

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