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Wake of the Red Witch (1948)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 1 March 1949 (USA)
During the 1860s in the South Pacific, Capt. Ralls, skipper of the Red Witch, has a series of adventures involving sunken gold bullion, pearls, natives, an unscrupulous ship owner and a giant octopus.



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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
Mr. Loring
Dr. van Arken
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?


The first film in which John Wayne wore a toupee. See more »


When Sidney is walking with the lady, the moving background is moving much too fast. 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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Referenced in John Wayne: On Board with the Duke (1997) See more »


Nocturne in E Flat Major, Opus 9, No. 2
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Interesting plot and cast with intrigue around the sea
4 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with others who liked this 1948 Republic gem of a film. And, although I could see where the story seemed disjointed at times, I think that worked in the film's favor. After all, this is a story of intrigue. Should not the plot have some mystery and inexplicable parts to it? I'm probably not the only movie reviewer here who did not read the book the film is based on. Nor had I ever heard of the book or its author, Garland Roark. I did look him up and found that he wrote a number of seafaring adventures as well as Westerns.

So, I thought the plot developed very nicely with the right amount of intrigue mixed in with some action, sea scenes, and romance. We gradually discover the background of the animosity between John Wayne and his nemesis, played quite ably by Luther Adler. The acting was very good all around, with Adler and "Duke" having the more dramatic and expressive parts.

I enjoyed John Wayne in most of the films he did outside his usual genres of Westerns and War flicks. Besides the good acting and plot, "Wake of the Red Witch" had some good cinematography with sea and sailing shots, and very good underwater action. All of this adds up to a very good and entertaining film.

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