Wake of the Red Witch

  • PG
  • Edward Ludwig (1949)
  • US
  • 102 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Adventure starring John Wayne and Gail Russell. When Captain Ralls is saved from the clutches of South Sea natives by a shipping tycoon's vessel, he promises to lead his rescuers to a fortune in pearls, so long as he takes charge of the ship.

Cast and 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


Edward Ludwig

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
British Lion Film Corp Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG