Wake Of The Red Witch (1948)

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    • Wake Of The Red Witch (1948)





      Plot Summary
      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.
      Summary written by Jim Beaver

      Full 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
      Fred Aldrich .... Seaman (uncredited)
      Fernando Alvarado .... Maru (uncredited)
      Jose Alvarado .... Taluna (uncredited)
      George Barrows .... Seaman (uncredited)
      Henry Brandon .... Kurinua (uncredited)
      David Clarke .... Mullins (uncredited)
      James Dime .... Seaman (uncredited)
      Fred Fox .... Ship's Surgeon (uncredited)
      Fred Graham .... Sailor in Fight (uncredited)
      Vic Groves .... Seaman (uncredited)
      Myron Healey .... Seaman on 'Red Witch' (uncredited)
      Mailoa Kalili .... Seaman (uncredited)
      Al Kikume .... Native Servant (uncredited)
      Fred Libby .... Lookout Sailor (uncredited)
      Harold Lishman .... Kharma (uncredited)
      Rory Mallinson .... Officer (uncredited)
      Grant Means .... Dirk (uncredited)
      Frank Mills .... Seaman (uncredited)
      Jim Nolan .... First Diver (uncredited)
      Frank O'Connor .... Old Seaman (uncredited)
      Gil Perkins .... Seaman/Flogger (uncredited)
      John Pickard .... Second Diver (uncredited)
      George Piltz .... Native (uncredited)
      Norman Rainey .... Lawyer (uncredited)
      Leo C. Richmond .... Native Priest (uncredited)
      Chuck Roberson .... Seaman (uncredited)
      Wallace Scott .... Sailor (uncredited)
      Mickey Simpson .... Second Officer (uncredited)
      Carl Thompson .... Hekkim, Cabin Boy (uncredited)
      Kuka Tuima .... Native (uncredited)
      Harry J. Vejar .... Jarma, Angelique's Servant (uncredited)
      Harlan Warde .... Seaman Handling Diving Line (uncredited)
      John Wengraf .... Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited)
      Harry Wilson .... Seaman on 'Red Witch' (uncredited)
      Ward Wood .... Young Sailor (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Harry Brown
      Kenneth Gamet
      Garland Roark novel

      Original Music
      Nathan Scott

      Reggie Lanning

      Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
      Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
      Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
      Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)

      The rubber octopus used in this movie was later stolen by Edward D. Wood Jr.'s crew and used in Bride of the Monster (1955). They forgot to steal the motor that ran the tentacles though, so Bela Lugosi was forced to wrap the tentacles around him while he "fought" the beast.

      John Wayne took the name of his production company, Batjac, from this film's shipping firm. The original spelling though was "Batjak", a likely portmanteau of "Batavia" and "Jayakarta", both being the old names of the capital of the Dutch East Indies at the time (as of 2009 it is Jakarta, Indonesia).

      The movie was filmed in black and white in an attempt to make the studio sets less obvious.

      * Revealing mistakes: The shipwreck is obviously a model.

      Filming Locations
      Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden - 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, California, USA
      Santa Catalina Island, Channel Islands, California, USA

      Previous discussion:-
      Wake Of The Red Witch
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Wake of the Red Witch is a 1948 drama film from Republic Pictures
      starring John Wayne and Gail Russell, produced by Edmund Grainger,
      and based upon the 1946 novel with the same name by Garland Roark.
      The supporting cast includes Gig Young, Adele Mara, and Luther Adler,
      and was directed by Edward Ludwig.

      Welcome to Reap the Wild Wind Part II.
      May even be the same octopus, it wasn't, was it???

      Funny old film this one, and one that is just watchable.
      Duke acted well, and made the film better than it was.

      Now Gail Russell, she was a cracker, she didn't appear for 45 minutes,
      but boy, oh boy, was there chemistry between her and her leading man!!
      Not only was their chemistry on the silver screen, it spilled over, into their social lives,
      so much so that Chata , Duke's wife was, not impressed!!

      Adele Mara, a Duke favourite, also acquitted herself well.

      Critics panned the film's rambling story line, and poor effects,
      but the low-budget film, even though it had over-run by $1 million,
      performed well at the box office, and finished 43rd. on Variety list of moneymakers in 1949.

      Duke liked the film,later naming his production company Batjac, after the
      Batjak company in the film, the spelling, accidently being changed, during documentation!!
      He likened the story line, with own fight against the big C.

      User Review
      Author: rsda from London, England
      Wake of the Red Witch may be John Wayne in his most demanding role.
      He plays Captain Rawles who skuttles the Red Witch to later go back and rescue it's treasure in gold bullion.*
      Wayne has never has so many colorful character elements in any film.
      And along side the beautiful Gail Russell, he manages his best performance.*
      Ms. Russell as Anglelique is at her most beguiling and tragic.
      Her death scene in which Wayne carries her, dying, to look at the sea once more is as powerful*
      as the death scene in "Wuthering Heights" which it is lifted from.
      The main advantage here is that Gail Russell is more vulnerable and beautiful
      than Merle Oberon was in "Heights" And the last scene with John and Gail at the wheel of the ghost ship,
      Red Witch is a never to be forgotten Hollywood film moment.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • This would be on a list of my favorite JW movies, right up there with Reap the Wild Wind, another glorious technicolor production from Hollywood's golden era.

      Deep Discount DVD - movie on DVD and one movie poster.

      Amazon has the movie on DVD and VHS, and a book with the same title which seems to be the story on which the movie is based.

      Chester :newyear:
    • I have yet to see this movie but most posters say it is quite good.

      Would it be posible for some members here who have seen this movie to go over to the IMDB and post a review on it, as at this moment in time there are only 9 reviews which is most disappointing.

    • One of my favourites, not a bad story, but what really make the movie great are the magic moments between Wayne and Gail Russell, and then the frightening change capt. Ralls goes through. Duke meets his inner demons in the Red Witch no worse than later in Red River.
      Do you see how Duke simply melts by Gail's touch and look? Pity they did only two movies together.
      I don't believe in surrenders.
    • Hi all,
      I place this movie rather high amoung Duke and his Captain Rolls is sure unforgettable. Even if it is someting not logical in the script, but for me it is sure romantic movie and in the romantic stories are always not so clear story line.

      It was much written about chemistry between Gail and Duke, it always impresses me with some kind of sadness about their real stories and storie in the film, it somehow resembles each other to me. And Chata was so bad, and the worst wife for Duke! And she influence their relationship. Not fear.

      I was surprised how little this film was descussed here, I remember other topics were it was compared with film noir and even with Big Jim MacLain. May be it will be reasonable to put here a link to these previos descussions.

      As for comparisson with Reap Wild Wind - I like The Wake much more. I don't like Duke's hero in Reap Wild winds much, I don't think that his charecter have dark side, he made some foolish mistakes in his life - thats all. Captain Rolls is quite different - his steps can't be explained so easily. It seems he tryes to fight his own demons.

      And one last note. I always loved vessels, expecially clippers, read many stories about tea clippers and their races when I was child. And this movie brought back to me this athmosphere of sea and a real beauty of sailing vessel.

      Senta :rolleyes:
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      Still one of my favourite pictures, and I think a pivotal role in the career of John Wayne.
      I have a plate from the Republic series of film plates. Although not exactly the same as the plate this black and white picture should give you some idea of what the plate looks like


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      Duke must have liked this film a little considering he named his production company after the shipping establishment in the film.

      As of this date I still havent seen the movie but I will look forward to it as I enjoy Duke playing dark characters.
    • Re: Wake Of The Red Witch (1948)

      I know we've had some conversation regarding the differences and similarities between this film and Reap the Wild Wind, but I will need to watch this one again before I can comment on it.

      In the meantime, I hope you enjoy seeing this theater poster. Hm-m-m, the Mrs. says John Wayne looks a little more "buff" than she remembers ever seeing him :stunned:.

      Chester :newyear:
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      I thought this was a good movie. A very interesting story telling device, the way they had the story stop for such a long flashback then move forward a bit, then do another flashback. Also notable as one of the few movies in which JW's character dies. The end scene with the ghost ship flying away was both cheesy and kinda nice, I thought. And the special effects in the rest of the film were very decent, the octopus was good and the wreck of the Red Witch was well done as well.
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      I bought this one a few months ago but when I started to watch it couldn't get into it(blame it to too tired and not able to fix on the english(no subtitles)) so I left it for a while and finally watched it last weekend.I loved it!The ending was sublime,never could've thought that a John Wayne film could end like that.I wonder if the people who make the Pirates films have watched this one?
      It took ages for Gail to appear in the film but when she was...WOW I was blown away by the chemistry which of ofcourse we had seen before in Angel and the Badman.How they filmed the scene when she died...heartbreaking that was.
      I don't think that Captain Ralls was a bad person he just made some-not so good-choices in his life that made other people say he was no good but in his heart he was a nice person or he couldn't have loved Angelique as he did.
      This one joins a couple of long time favourites for me!
    • Romantic Movie

      Hello everyone

      March,25,1974, When Duke visited Japan for MacQ campaign.
      He point out Wake of the Red Witch was romantic movie.to the japanese journalist's
      question "Do you want to take a role of romantic love story?"

      Waoh! Wake of the Red Witch?
      In U.S.A. What esitimation for that movie and an actress Gail Russel too?

      althougu she had a pretty popurality in japan, because her beauty was japanese like.

      best regards sanada
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