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Wake of the Red Witch

Wake of the Red Witch

John Wayne
Director: Edward Ludwig Cast: John Wayne
John Wayne
, Gail Russell
Gail Russell
, Gig Young
Gig Young
Edward Ludwig

Blu-ray (B&W)

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This unusual, dreamlike John Wayne vehicle is set in the East Indies. The focus of the film is the deadly rivalry between two men of the sea. Ship's captain Rails (John Wayne) nurses a long-standing grudge against shipping magnate Van Schreeven (Luther Adler). The reason for the animosity: Van Schreeven stole away Rails' love, Angelique (Gail Russell). Revenge has warped Rails to point that sometimes he seems to be the heavy of the picture. Complications involving valuable pearls ensue before the offbeat climax, which finds Rails scuttling his own vessel, the Red Witch, as means of getting even. The film's resolution is one of the strangest ever concocted for a Wayne picture. Wake of the Red Witch represented the second screen teaming of John Wayne and Gail Russell; the film must also have held some special significance for Wayne, since he named his own production company, Batjac, after the shipping firm depicted in the picture.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/23/2013
UPC: 0887090059404
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Olive
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:46:00
Sales rank: 19,448

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Capt. Ralls
Gail Russell Angelique Desaix
Gig Young Sam Rosen
Luther Adler Mayrant Ruysdaal Sidneye
Adele Mara Teleia Van Schreeven
Eduard Franz Harmenszoon Van Schreeven
Grant Withers Capt. Wilde Younger
Henry Daniell Jacques Desaix
Paul Fix Antonio "Ripper" Arrezo
Dennis Hoey Capt. Munsey
Jeff Corey Mr. Loring
Erskine Sanford Doktor Van Arken
Duke Kahanamoku Va Nuke
Carlos Thompson Hekkim
Harry Vejar Jarma
Grant Means Dirk
Fred Fox Ship's Surgeon
Leo C. Richmond Native Priest
Kuka Tuima Actor
Norman Rainey Lawyer
Wallace "Scotty" Scott Sailor
Chuck Roberson Stunts
John Wengraf Prosecutor
Henry Brandon Kurinua
Myron Healey Seaman on Red Witch
John M. Pickard 2nd diver
Harlan Warde Seaman handling diving line
Fernando Alvarado Maru
Jose Alvarado Taluna
Mickey Simpson 2nd officer
Jim Nolan 1st diver
David Clarke Mullins
Al Kikume Native servant
Fred Libby Sailor
Robert Wood Young sailor
Fred Graham Sailor
Rory Mallinson Officer

Technical Credits
Edward Ludwig Director
Harry Brown Screenwriter
Kenneth Gamet Screenwriter
Edmund Grainger Producer
Reggie Lanning Cinematographer
Theodore Lydecker Special Effects
Howard Lydecker Special Effects
Nathan Scott Score Composer
James Sullivan Art Director
Richard Van Enger Editor

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