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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!


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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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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 story was described as a seafaring version of "Wuthering Heights". See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

Referenced in The Making of 'Sands of Iwo Jima' (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne in E Flat Major, Opus 9, No. 2
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Mythical uneven story with great acting of Wayne and Russell
25 September 2005 | by NewInMunichSee all my reviews

This is kind of out-of-way stuff for the duke, closest he got to again in "Reap the wild wind". It is basically a Wuthering Heights of the Southern Seas, with a very young and slim Wayne being pulled into a story of intrigue and lost love by the most beautiful Gail Russell. Great pity that her early death prevented her from rising to true stardom, but she truly holds her own next to the Duke in this strange, patchwork story of a true love. If you can hold of it, view it and enjoy it. And it once again convinces me, that John Wayne could pull off almost everything convincingly, giving tribute to him being a real quality actor after all.


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