Wake of the Red Witch (1948)

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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:
Samuel 'Sam' Rosen
Teleia Van Schreeven
Mayrant Ruysdaal Sidneye
Harmenszoon Van Schreeven
Capt. Wilde Youngeur
Jacques Desaix
Antonio 'Ripper' Arrezo
Dennis Hoey ...
Mr. Loring
Erskine Sanford ...
Dr. van Arken
Duke Kahanamoku ...
Ua Nuke


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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Release Date:

1 March 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Lenda da Bruxa Vermelha  »

Box Office


$1,200,343 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Capt Ralls explains to Capt Munsey how the Melbourne Queen exploded he says they were shipping dynamite. The story takes place in 1860-1861 but dynamite was not patented until 1867. See more »


Mayrant Ruysdaal Sidneye: I'm not one of those 'eye for an eye' men. No! I always take two eyes.
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Featured in The John Wayne Anthology (1991) See more »


Nocturne in E Flat Major, Opus 9, No. 2
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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10 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As other viewers have commented, I personally viewed this film when I only paid 35 cents for admission and it was well worth it. John Wayne was my idol and just the thought of going down under the water was extremely unimaginable and fighting all the horrible creatures we just read or heard about was never viewed on a big screen. (Radio was our only big entertainment and we had to use our IMAGINATION!) In 1948 the country had just gotten over WW II and Hollywood did not have all the special effects it has in 2000! I have viewed this film over and over again and still remember how it kept me on the edge of my seat. All future generations will do the very same thing and admire how much the film industry has advanced in their technology. This is a great John Wayne Classic and to find fault with it is uncalled for.

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