Wake of the Red Witch (1949)


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When an East Indies shipping magnate, Mayrant Ruysdaal Sidneye (Luther Adler), meets up with adventurous sailor Captain Ralls (John Wayne), the two set off to a remote island in search of a legendary fortune. However, once on the island, the two fall in love with the same beautiful woman, Angelique Desaix (Gail Russell), and they begin a struggle to obtain both her love and her island's fortune.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Harry Brown, Kenneth Gamet
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2001
Republic Pictures Home Video



as Capt. Ralls

as Angelique Desaix

as Sam Rosen

as Teleia Van Schreevan

as Mayrant Ruysdaal Sid...

as Harmenszoon Van Schr...

as Capt. Wilde Youngeur

as Jacques Desaix

as Antonio `Ripper' Arr...

as Capt. Munsey

as Mr. Loring

as Doktor Van Arken

as Prosecutor

as Kurinua

as Seaman on Red Witch

as 2nd Diver

as Seaman handling divi...

as 2nd officer

as 1st diver

as Mullins

as 2nd diver

as Ship's Surgeon

as Native servant

as Native Priest

as Sailor

as Young sailor

as Officer
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Critic Reviews for Wake of the Red Witch

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Who said Wayne couldn't act?

Full Review… | September 30, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

November 7, 2005

Audience Reviews for Wake of the Red Witch

This is an outstanding early John Wayne Film. Another early days at sea movie. When I first saw the title cover I thought maybe this was the same movie as Reap The Wind but I was wrong so wrong. This movie out does Reap the Wind by 10 fold. John Wayne is a sea captain who scuttles the Red Witch because of the cargo which is 5 million dollars worth of gold in 1948 so imagine the price today. The man he stole the gold from wants it back so this makes for a very exciting movie. 4 stars for this old Black and White.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Decent enough retread of Reap the Wild Wind but nothing extraordinary. Good cast, both Gail Russell and Adele Mara look great and Gail is properly ethereal.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


I was surprised I hadn't seen this movie, at least growing up. Then to learn that this is one of the eight movies (out of over 200) in which his character dies, I was even more surprised. And, overall it's not a bad movie. I found it entertaining and kept my attention well. It's full of interesting characters who's relationship and back story are the main plot of the movie. It's story line is based on an interesting love triangle, greed, revenge, heroism, and some good old fashion sea faring action. The special effects and action is very outdated. Remembering that the movie is over 60 years old, I found it easy to look past.

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