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    • Duke's Movie Company- Batjac



      Founded
      John Wayne
      Robert Fellows
      1953

      Originally
      Wayne/Fellows Productions.

      Headquarters
      Beverly Hills, California, United States

      Owner
      Gretchen Wayne (Owner/ President)

      Batjac Productions. Inc.
      is an independent film production company
      founded by John Wayne in the early 1950s as a vehicle
      for Wayne to produce as well as star in movies.
      Its first release was Big Jim McLain with Warner Brothers in 1952,
      and its final film was also with Warner Brothers, McQ, in 1974.
      Today, Gretchen Wayne, wife of the actor’s late son,
      Michael Wayne, who managed and owned the company
      for over 30 years before his death in 2003, is its owner and president.

      About the Company
      Wayne and producer Robert Fellows founded Batjac in 1952 as
      Wayne/Fellows Productions.
      When Fellows left the company several years later,
      Wayne re-named the corporation after a fictitious trading company
      mentioned in the 1948 film Wake of the Red Witch.
      The company name in Wake of the Red Witch was spelled Batjak,
      but Wayne's secretary misspelled it as Batjac on the corporation papers,
      and Wayne let it stand.
      Having his own company gave Wayne artistic control over the films he made.

      The most famous of all Batjac's films is Wayne's 1960 version of The Alamo,
      a project he had planned for several years.
      It was an account of the battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution of 1836.
      A labor of love for Wayne, The Alamo cost Wayne much of his personal fortune.



      The "Lost" Wayne films
      Because of a production/distribution deal with Warner Bros.
      and United Artists, Batjac was allowed to retain all rights to four Wayne films:
      the WB-distributed The High and the Mighty, Hondo, and Island in the Sky,
      and the UA-distributed McLintock!.
      It also held full copyright ownership in several non-John Wayne movies,

      Seven Men From Now,
      Man in the Vault,
      Ring of Fear,
      Plunder of the Sun,
      Track of the Cat,
      China Doll,
      Escort West
      Gun the Man Down.


      After Wayne's death, his son Michael assumed full ownership
      and managed the company for over 30 years.
      He meticulously managed the release pattern of his films and restored
      Hondo and McLintock! in the early 1990s for release on VHS and television.
      His passion was to restore the other two films,
      but water damage to the original elements made it impossible during his lifetime.
      Taking advantage of the new digital restoration processes,
      Michael's widow Gretchen restored these films in 2004
      and released them through a distribution deal with Paramount Pictures in 2005.



      Production Company - Filmography
      1. McQ (1974) ... Production Company (as A Batjac and Levy-Gardner Production)
      2. Cahill (1973) ... Production Company
      3. The Train Robbers (1973) ... Production Company
      4. Big Jake (1971) ... Production Company
      5. Rio Lobo (1970) ... Production Company (uncredited)
      6. Swing Out, Sweet Land (1970) (TV) ... Production Company
      7. Chisum (1970) ... Production Company (as A Batjac Production)
      8. The Green Berets (1968) ... Production Company (as A Batjac Production)
      9. "Hondo: Hondo and the Gladiators (#1.15)" (1967) ... Production Company
      10. "Hondo: Hondo and the Death Drive (#1.13)" (1967) ... Production Company
      11. "Hondo: Hondo and the War Hawks (#1.7)" (1967) ... Production Company
      12. "Hondo: Hondo and the Superstition Massacre (#1.4)" (1967) ... Production Company
      13. "Hondo" (1967) ... Production Company
      14. Hondo and the Apaches (1967) (TV) ... Production Company
      15. The War Wagon (1967) ... Production Company (as A Batjac Presentation)
      16. Cast a Giant Shadow (1966) ... Production Company
      17. McLintock! (1963) ... Production Company (presents) (as Batjac)
      18. The Alamo (1960) ... Production Company
      19. Escort West (1958) ... Production Company
      20. China Doll (1958) ... Production Company
      21. Legend of the Lost (1957) ... Production Company
      22. Man in the Vault (1956) ... Production Company
      23. Gun the Man Down (1956) ... Production Company
      24. Seven Men from Now (1956) ... Production Company
      25. Good-bye, My Lady (1956) ... Production Company
      26. Blood Alley (1955) ... Production Company (as A Batjac Production)
      27. Island in the Sky (1953) ... Production Company (uncredited)

      Address:-
      Batjac Productions Inc.
      9595 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 610
      Beverly Hills, CA 90212
      Phone: (310) 278-9870
      FAX: (213) 272-7381

      Information from Wikipedia

      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Duke's Production Company- Batjac Productions

      Duke starred in his own films:-

      1952. BIG JIM McLAIN- (Wayne-Fellows/WB)
      1953. ISLAND IN THE SKY- (Wayne-Fellows/WB)
      1953. HONDO- (Wayne-Fellows/WB)
      1954. THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY- (Wayne-Fellows/WB)
      1955. BLOOD ALLEY- (Batjac/WB)
      1960. THE ALAMO- (Batjac/UA)
      1963. McLINTOCK- (Batjac/UA)
      1966. CAST A GIANT SHADOW- (Mirisch-Lenroc-Batjac/UA)
      1967. THE WAR WAGON- (Marvin-Schwartz/Batjac/Universal)
      1968. THE GREEN BERETS- (Batjac/WB/Seven Arts)
      1969. CHISUM- (Batjac/WB)
      1971. BIG JAKE- (Batjac-National General for Cinema Centre)
      1973. THE TRAIN ROBBERS- (Batjac/WB)
      1973. CAHILL:- U.S. MARSHAL- (Batjac/WB)
      1974. McQ- (Batjac/Levy-Gardner/WB)

      Duke was Producer on:-

      1951. Bullfighter and the Lady. (Wayne-Fellows/Republic)
      1953. Hondo (Wayne-Fellows/WB) 3D television Broadcast 1991 with introduction by Marissa Wayne
      1953. Plunder of the Sun.(Wayne-Fellows/WB)
      1954. Ring of Fear. (Wayne-Fellows/WB)
      1954. Track of the Cat.(Wayne-Fellows/WB)
      1956. Goodbye My Lady.(Batjac/WB)
      1956. 7 Men from Now. (Batjac/WB)
      1956. Gun the Man Down aka Arizona Mission. (Batjac/UA)
      1956. Man in the Vault.(Batjac/RKO)
      1958. China Doll.(Batjac/Romina/UA)
      1958. Escort West(Batjac/Romina/UA)
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Duke's Company- Batjac Productions

      Although we are aware Duke got Batjac from this movie,
      whilst updating the Review of
      Wake Of The Wild Witch
      there is this piece of trivia explaining more
      about the name
      John Wayne took the name of his production company, Batjac, from this film's shipping firm.
      The original spelling though was "Batjak", a likely portmanteau of "Batavia" and "Jayakarta",
      both being the old names of the capital of the Dutch East Indies at the time
      (as of 2009 it is Jakarta, Indonesia).
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England
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