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Wake of the Red Witch (1948)

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.

Director:

Edward Ludwig

Writers:

Harry Brown (screen play), Kenneth Gamet (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Capt. Ralls
Gail Russell ... Angelique Desaix
Gig Young ... Samuel 'Sam' Rosen
Adele Mara ... Teleia Van Schreeven
Luther Adler ... Mayrant Ruysdaal Sidneye
Eduard Franz ... Harmenszoon Van Schreeven
Grant Withers ... Capt. Wilde Youngeur
Henry Daniell ... Jacques Desaix
Paul Fix ... Antonio 'Ripper' Arrezo
Dennis Hoey ... Capt. Munsey
Jeff Corey ... Mr. Loring
Erskine Sanford ... Dr. van Arken
Duke Kahanamoku ... Ua Nuke
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Storyline

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!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lenda do Bruxa Vermelha See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,343 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was filmed in black and white in an attempt to make the studio sets less obvious. See more »

Goofs

Severing a deep sea diver's airline whilst he is on the sea bed does not automatically flood the entire suit with sea water - a valve in the helmet prevents that and had been invented by the 1860's. 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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Connections

Featured in The John Wayne Anthology (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne in E Flat Major, Opus 9, No. 2
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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The Duke Cuts a Romantic Figure
1 July 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I have to say that for all those other reviewers who compared Wake of the Red Witch to Wuthering Heights I am grateful. I'd never really thought of it that way, but it is definitely true.

The Duke is hardly the classically trained actor that Laurence Olivier is, but as I've remarked in other reviews his was one of the great faces for movie closeups. His expressions are worth ten pages of dialog. And he is probably in his most romantic role as Captain Ralls of the Red Witch.

Of course this film is most compared to Reap the Wild Wind where also for romantic reasons, John Wayne piled a ship on the reefs and later went after the salvage. But though the other film is a big budget product from one of the premier studios, Wake of the Red Witch is a much better story.

The story is seen through the eyes of Gig Young as Wayne's first mate. Wayne sinks the Red Witch because his employer, the malevolent Luther Adler has taken the lovely Gail Russell from him, through the connivance of her father Henry Daniell.

Wayne gets not one, but three underwater scenes unlike in Reap the Wild Wind. He rescues young Fernando Alvarado from a giant claim, kills a giant octopus for native pearls and searches for gold bullion on the sunken Red Witch. All the sequences are nicely done.

The ending, some elements of Wuthering Heights are here. But I think it has more of a Maytime flavor to it.


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