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Wake of the Red Witch

1948 1h 46m Action List
Reviews 51% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
Capt. Ralls (John Wayne) commands the Red Witch, a ship in the fleet of Dutch shipping baron Mayrant Ruysdaal Sidneye (Luther Adler). Ralls has an old feud with the skipper, who years ago took from him the woman he loved, Angelique (Gail Russell). In an act of revenge, Ralls sabotages the ship, causing Sidneye to take action against him. With the whole group together on a remote island, Angelique professes her love for the brooding Ralls, but the situation may be too complicated to mend. Read More Read Less
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Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 4/5 Nov 7, 2005 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Who said Wayne couldn't act? Rated: B- Sep 30, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Wake of the Red Witch is one of the better John Wayne films. with a great cast and a script that has a lot more meat and layers then a lot of other forgotten Wayne movies. Anyone who says John Wayne could only doe westerns should see this forgotten gem. Wayne plays Captain Ralls former sea captain of the sunken cargo ship known as the Red witch. when the Red Witch sinks to the bottom of the sea along with it cargo of solid gold bars, two bitter rivals, the ships owner Mayrant Sidneye (played by(Luther Adler) And Captain Ralls (Wayne) find themselves forced to work together to retrieve the Witches sunken treasure. the two old enemies soon become entangled in a game of wits of which only one will walk away from. Wake of he Red Witch is a piece of cinematic history that is surprisingly entertaining and full of fun to anyone who can appreciate the classics. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the better early Duke movies and he wasn't a cowboy or a war hero. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member A great love story for the ages Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member A good John Wayne movie. (Wayne made a lot of good films. However, he also made some stinkers as well) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member A silly film. I mean John Wayne fights a giant squid. However, he's good in the film which has engaging visuals. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Wow, a lot better than I thought! Ralls (Wayne) is a tough captain of the mysterious ship, The Red Witch. When he sinks it, a mate (Young) wants to know why. He finds the man responsible, Ralls follows, and then he falls in love with this guys girl, Angelique (Russell). Ralls and Angelique almost get to the point of marriage, but her fiancee ends it with tragedy. But even without her, Ralls has to win the gold back he lost when he sunk the Red Witch-- can he do it? "Wake of the Red Witch" was something that I expected to be a dud. When people talk about John Wayne, I never hear of this, rather "The Shootist" or "The Searchers". When I finally watched it, I felt like it should be well known. It has a very fun, easy plot and Russell and Wayne's chemistry is very good after the previous "Angel and the Badman". Russell is an exceptional actress and reminds me a lot of another unknown Ella Raines. What's probably the most impressive thing about this movie is its underwater photography. Much of the plot depended on it, and they somehow made it look realistic, full of action, and beautiful. Nice thing to see. "Wake of the Red Witch" is pretty good, so check it out! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Capt. Ralls (John Wayne) commands the Red Witch, a ship in the fleet of Dutch shipping baron Mayrant Ruysdaal Sidneye (Luther Adler). Ralls has an old feud with the skipper, who years ago took from him the woman he loved, Angelique (Gail Russell). In an act of revenge, Ralls sabotages the ship, causing Sidneye to take action against him. With the whole group together on a remote island, Angelique professes her love for the brooding Ralls, but the situation may be too complicated to mend.
Director
Edward Ludwig
Producer
Edmund Grainger
Screenwriter
Harry Brown, Kenneth Gamet
Production Co
Republic
Genre
Action
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 6, 2018
Runtime
1h 46m
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