Date of Birth
August 23, 1903
Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death
May 11, 1969 (age 65)
Hollywood, California, USA
Duke's Movie Company- Batjac
Robert Fellows or Robert M. Fellows was an American film producer
who was once a production partner with John Wayne and later Mickey Spillane.
Fellows entered Hollywood through work as an assistant director in 1928
often working with Tay Garnett and was later a production manager for
several films. He became an associate producer with Warner Brothers.
He went to Universal Pictures as an associate producer on the movie Pittsburgh
that starred Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, and
John Wayne, three clients of the producer and agent Charles K. Feldman.
Fellows was hired by RKO Radio Pictures as a producer with his first film
being Bombardier a topical but fictional account of the Doolittle Raid
starring Scott. His next film was The Fallen Sparrow,
an account of the Spanish Civil War. Fellows fought pressure to change
the setting to Occupied France from Spain at a time when the United States
government was seeking friendly relations with the Francisco Franco regime.
Other films Fellows produced for RKO were Tall in the Saddle
and Back to Bataan starring John Wayne
and a few starring Pat O'Brien.
As a producer Fellows again worked with director Tay Garnett on
Wild Harvest and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
for Paramount Pictures.
In 1952, Wayne and Fellows teamed up to start their own production
company Wayne-Fellows Productions with several films starring
Wayne; the first one being Big Jim McLain (1952).
The following year they produced Island in the Sky (1953).
Wayne had seen the venture as a way to produce and direct
his own film version of the battle of the Alamo that led to Wayne
to buy Fellows out to start his own Batjac Productions.
One of the Wayne-Fellows films was Ring of Fear that featured
Though credited to Wayne collaborator James Edward Grant,
Wayne and Fellows felt the screenplay had problems and asked
Spillane to rewrite it that he did in a weekend. When Spillane, who also
appeared in the film as himself refused credit for the screenplay,
Wayne presented him with a Jaguar.
Fellows produced a film version of Spillane's The Girl Hunters in England
in 1963 where Spillane portrayed his own creation Mike Hammer.
Fellows had acquired the rights to all of Spillane's work and had planned to
film The Snake in 1963 but the project was never produced.
In 1969, just before his death, Fellows and Spillane teamed up to create
their own production company with a plan of filming 21 of Spillane's books,
the first being The Delta Factor.
The film was completed with Tay Garnett directing.
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1963 The Girl Hunters (producer)
1958 Screaming Mimi (producer)
1957-1958 Alcoa Theatre (TV series) (producer - 5 episodes)
– In the Dark (1958) (producer)
– The Face of Truth (1957) (producer)
– Cupid Wore a Badge (1957) (producer)
– Souvenir (1957) (producer)
– Circumstantial (1957) (producer)
1957 Goodyear Theatre (TV series) (producer - 4 episodes)
– The Tinhorn (1957) (producer)
– Hurricane (1957) (producer)
– Voices in the Fog (1957) (producer - as Bob Fellows)
– Lost and Found (1957) (producer)
1954 Track of the Cat (producer - uncredited)
1954 Ring of Fear (producer)
1954 The High and the Mighty (producer - uncredited)
1953 Hondo (producer)
1953 Island in the Sky (producer - uncredited)
1953 Plunder of the Sun (producer)
1952 Big Jim McLain (producer)
1951 His Kind of Woman (producer - uncredited)
1951 Appointment with Danger (producer)
1950 Let's Dance (producer)
1949 Chicago Deadline (producer)
1949 Red, Hot and Blue (producer)
1949 Streets of Laredo (producer)
1949 A Yankee in King Arthur's Court (producer)
1948 Sealed Verdict (producer)
1948 Beyond Glory (producer)
1947 Wild Harvest (producer)
1947 Blaze of Noon (producer)
1946 Lady Luck (executive producer)
1945 Man Alive (producer)
1945 The Spanish Main (executive producer)
1945 Back to Bataan (executive producer)
1945 Having Wonderful Crime (producer)
1944 Experiment Perilous (executive producer)
1944 Heavenly Days (producer)
1944 Tall in the Saddle (producer)
1944 Step Lively (producer)
1944 Marine Raiders (producer)
1943 The Iron Major (producer)
1943 The Fallen Sparrow (producer)
1943 Bombardier (producer)
1942 Pittsburgh (associate producer)
1941 They Died with Their Boots On (associate producer)
1940 Santa Fe Trail (associate producer)
1940 A Modern Hero (associate producer)
1940 An Angel from Texas (associate producer)
1940 Virginia City (associate producer)