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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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Samuel 'Sam' Rosen
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Teleia Van Schreeven
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Harmenszoon Van Schreeven
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Capt. Wilde Youngeur
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Jacques Desaix
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Antonio 'Ripper' Arrezo
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Capt. Munsey
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Ua Nuke
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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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1 March 1949 (USA)  »

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A Lenda da Bruxa Vermelha  »

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$1,200,343 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The story was described as a seafaring version of "Wuthering Heights". See more »

Goofs

The ship moves around far too much on the screen behind John Wayne and Gail Russell. See more »

Quotes

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 That's Action (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

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 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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