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:
Gail Russell ...
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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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The movie was filmed in black and white in an attempt to make the studio sets less obvious. 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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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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