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Company
Name Australasian Films /UnionTheatres
Address
Suburb/Town
State Unknown
Country Australia
Comments

The distribution arm of the Combine, with Union Theatres as its exhibition arm. Founded by a series of mergers in 1911 and 1913 between Amalgamated Pictures, J. D. Williams, Spencer's, and West's. The company was headed on a long-term basis by Stuart Doyle. Its US representative was Millard Johnson and its general manager was W.A. Gibson. Australasian initially bought agency rights to international films in the London market, though its distribution business was progressively curtailed as American producers established their own direct distribution subsidiaries in Australia. In 1920 Australasian distributed Warner, Pathe, Vitagraph as well as Stoll and Hepworth from Britain and the major producers from Continental Europe. In 1922 UT controlled over 100 screens at the first release end of the market. By mid-1920s, Australasian’s major business was distribution of Warner and Producers Distributing Corporation films. In 1925 AF was listed as releasing 2 films each week and being the proprietor of JC Williamsons’ distribution company which released a further 1 film each week making it numerically, the biggest distributor in Australia. By 1926, Australasian had lost PDC to First National and picked up the rights to Columbia. When Columbia announced in 1928 that it would establish its own distribution in Australia, Australasian announced that it would withdraw from distribution by March 1929 to concentrate on its exhibition arm. The Union Theatres combine underwent reorganisation in 1931 to become Greater Union.

Distributor Film Links
Good Time Charley
That Certain Thing
Geisterzug, Der
Ginsberg the Great
Dog of the Regiment, A
Brass Knuckles
Sally in Our Alley
College Widow, The
Fashion Madness
Silver Slave, The
If I Were Single
Heart of Maryland, The
Sailor Izzy Murphy
Beware of Married Men
Lady Raffles
Fortune Hunter, The
Race for Life, A
Versunkene Flotte, Die
Girl From Chicago, The
College Hero, The
Across the Atlantic
Little Snob, The
Devil's Cage, The
So This Is Love?
My Official Wife
Into the Night
Woman's Way, A
Glorious Betsy
His Lady
Wife's Relations, The
Lure of the Wild, The
Adorable Outcast, The
Domestic Troubles
Mystery Valley
Siren, The
Crimson City, The
Rinty of the Desert
Jazz Singer, The
Powder My Back
Missing Link, The
Desert Bride, The
Jaws of Steel
Old San Francisco
Sporting Age, The
Husbands for Rent
Jazz Singer, The (silent)
Matinee Idol, The
Hills of Kentucky
Pay As You Enter
Golf Widows
Woman's Justice, A
Tigress, The
Five and Ten Cent Annie
Black Diamond Express, The
Ladybird, The
One Round Hogan
White Flannels
Broadway Daddies
Name the Woman
So This is Love?
Modern Mothers
Opening Night, The
Climbers, The
Phantom Pinto, The
After the Storm
Irish Hearts
Sisters of Eve
Dearie
Trail Riders
Ladies of Leisure
Remembrance