Wake of the Red Witch Movie Review Summary

Actors: John Wayne, Gail Russell, Gig Young, Luther Adler, Adele Mara

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Adventurer John Ralls, set adrift by islanders, is rescued by a merchant vessel. Its owner, Dutch merchant Sidneye, admires Ralls' spirit and provides him with a command. On an island both Ralls and Sidneye fall in love with the niece of the French Governor, Angelique. Angelique prefers Ralls, but when he accidentally kills her uncle, she marries Sidneye.
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Sidneye soon grows jealous of Ralls; he doesn't even give word when Angelique becomes deadly sick. Yet Ralls learns of her sickness and is with Angelique in her last moments.

Afterwards he hijacks one of Sidneye's ships carrying six million in gold and scuttles it, on a reef barely reachable for divers.

Years go by - Sidneye has become handicapped, but manages to lure Ralls into a trap. Yet he is not able to kill him - the two agree that Ralls will dive to the wreck and regain the gold, while Sidneye will make the effort worth while.

The review of this Movie prepared by Volker van Haren

WAKE OF THE RED WITCH is an adventure movie directed by Edward Ludwig in 1948.

Captain Ralls voluntarily scuttles his ship, the Red Witch, loaded with gold in lingots, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. A few months later, his employer, the wealthy Dutch shipowner, Mayrant Sidneye, will take his revenge by luring Ralls towards an isolated island and blocking the lagoon exit. Both men have a common history : seven years before, Mayrant married the girl Ralls was madly in love with. The dutchman tries to persuade Ralls to lead him to the place where his ship loaded with gold sank. In a dramatic final, Ralls will enter the sunken boat that is lying on the edge of a sea fault.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century Wilderness adventure    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   stranded    -   searching for treasure

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   civilian sailor Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Nudity    -   Chest Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Pacific Islands Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   swimming on    -   drowning    -   scuba under    -   feeding sharks Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   stranded    -   Pacific Island Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   cave

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   flamed    -   drowned Lot of special effects?    -   Yes Kinds of F/X    -   exploding bombs If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 10-15 Is this movie based on a    -   book

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