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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:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Soundtracks

Nocturne in E Flat Major, Opus 9, No. 2
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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One of Duke's stranger parts
8 October 2017 | by utgard14See all my reviews

One of John Wayne's more divisive and different films from the 1940s. He plays a semi-villainous sea captain out to settle a score with a shipping tycoon. It's one of Duke's darker roles and as such it allows him to flex his acting muscles a bit. He does well in the role but, ultimately, it's not a good picture. What does it in is the downbeat story and muddled characterization. Luther Adler plays the guy Duke is seeking revenge against. I don't even know if he's the villain or Duke is, which is one of the more baffling parts of the film as both are shown to be bad guys in different ways. Gail Russell plays the woman at the heart of their troubles. I would say she was underutilized but her performance isn't the best so perhaps less was better in this case. Paul Fix and a mustachioed Gig Young play Duke's friends. Most people who check this out are going to dislike it, I think. But it is fascinating in a way, especially for someone who has seen most of John Wayne's work. Speaking of which, this bears a few similarities to another Wayne film about love triangles and men at sea - Reap the Wild Wind.


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