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Wake of the Red Witch

Wake of the Red Witch

Edward Ludwig (1949)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This John Wayne seafaring action adventure would have benefited from colour, but it still provides reasonable entertainment, despite its very studio-bound South Seas setting. Wayne and Luther Adler play rival shipowners who compete for the affections of Gail Russell during the search for a fortune in pearls. The Red Witch herself was used again in 1953's Fair Wind to Java, and now resides in the Hollywood Wax Museum on Hollywood Boulevard. Incidentally, Wayne named his film production company, Batjac, after the fictional shipping line in this movie.


A ship owner and his embittered captain engage in a battle of wills as they fight for the love of the same woman and embark on a quest for a treasure chest of pearls hidden in the den of an octopus in the South Seas. Romantic seafaring adventure, starring John Wayne, Luther Adler, Gig Young, Gail Russell and Adele Mara.

Cast & Crew

Captain Ralls John Wayne
Angelique Desaix Gail Russell
Sam Rosen Gig Young
Mayrant Ruysdaal Sidneye Luther Adler
Teleia Van Schreeven Adele Mara
Antonio "Ripper" Arrezo Paul Fix
Harmenszoon Van Schreeven Eduard Franz
Captain Wilde Youngeur Grant Withers
Jacques Desaix Henry Daniell
Captain Munsey Dennis Hoey
Director Edward Ludwig
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: British Lion Film Corp Ltd Available on: Available on video and DVD


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