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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.

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:

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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

When Sidney is walking with the lady, the moving background is moving much too fast. 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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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

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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Interesting plot and cast with intrigue around the sea
4 September 2013 | by SimonJackSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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