Wake of the Red Witch, with its Polynesian locale, is replete with action, drama and adventure. Story is a gripping account of deadly rivalry between two men. Struggle between John Wayne, an impetuous sea captain, and his employer - shipping tycoon Luther Adler - should have been stressed more fully.

Wake of the Red Witch, with its Polynesian locale, is replete with action, drama and adventure. Story is a gripping account of deadly rivalry between two men. Struggle between John Wayne, an impetuous sea captain, and his employer – shipping tycoon Luther Adler – should have been stressed more fully.

As master of the square rigger, Red Witch, Wayne has a score to settle with the ship’s owner, Adler. He chooses to do it by scuttling the bullion-laden vessel on an uncharted reef.

Gail Russell appears miscast among the South Pacific flora and fauna. Her romantic scenes with Wayne never achieve an aura of realism.

Wake of the Red Witch

Production

Republic. Director Edward Ludwig; Producer Edmund Grainger (assoc.); Screenplay Harry Brown, Kenneth Gamet; Camera Reggie Lanning; Editor Richard L. Van Enger; Music Nathan Scott; Art Director James Sullivan

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 106 MIN.

With

John Wayne Gail Russell Gig Young Luther Adler Adele Mara Eduard Franz
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