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Wake of the Red Witch (1948)

 -  Action | Adventure  -  1 March 1949 (USA)
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Captain Ralls fights Dutch shipping magnate Mayrant Sidneye for the woman he loves, Angelique Desaix, and for a fortune in gold aboard the Red Witch.

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Complete credited cast:
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Gail Russell ...
Angelique Desaix
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Samuel 'Sam' Rosen
Adele Mara ...
Teleia Van Schreeven
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Mayrant Ruysdaal Sidneye
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Harmenszoon Van Schreeven
Grant Withers ...
Capt. Wilde Youngeur
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Jacques Desaix
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Antonio 'Ripper' Arrezo
Dennis Hoey ...
Capt. Munsey
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Mr. Loring
Erskine Sanford ...
Dr. van Arken
Duke Kahanamoku ...
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Captain Ralls fights Dutch shipping magnate Mayrant Sidneye for the woman he loves, Angelique Desaix, and for a fortune in gold aboard the Red Witch. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Romance! Adventure!...as wild as the RAGING SEAS!

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Action | Adventure

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1 March 1949 (USA)  »

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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). See more »

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The shipwreck is obviously a model. See more »

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Featured in That's Action (1977) See more »

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Nocturne in E Flat Major, Opus 9, No. 2
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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A little-known and unusual Wayne film
29 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I enjoy most John Wayne films, notably his Westerns, and a long time ago read several books about him, but Wake of the Red Watch was all but unknown to me. (British TV frequently screens his better-known films butI can't recall "Wake" being shown before.)

It wasn't at all bad, if one overlooks some of the clichés and limited production values, and Wayne portrays a character more complex and less sympathetic than in any other of his films, even Red River and The Searchers.

Some of the plot twists were a bit hard to follow, and I'm still not sure about the relationship between Ralls and Sidneye - it seemed to mellow towards the end.

Before watching the film I hadn't bothered to note its date and, going on Wayne's youthful appearance and the unsophisticated aspects of filming and plotting, I guessed it was early 1940s. I was a little surprised to see that it was 1948, just as Wayne was about to film some of his greatest Westerns.


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