The Fighting Seabees / Wake Of The Red Witch (Double Feature)
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A tale of the effects revenge, greed, and bittnerness can have on people, the story traces the duel of words and intrigue between two men; Captain Ralls (The DUKE), and shipping magnate Mayrant Sidneye.
DUKE skippers Sidneye's prize ship, the Red Witch, and purposely wrecks her in a plan to cheat Sidneye out of a cargo of gold. Turns out that Sidneye had plotted to steal away DUKE's girl, Angelique Desaix (played by the lovely and angelic Gail Russell).
Tricking DUKE into a fatal confrontation with the girl's father, Sidneye is able to marry Angelique before The DUKE can set things right. This leads to her unhappiness, and The DUKE takes revenge on Sidneye by wrecking the Red Witch.
A wonderful study of greed, revenge, and redmption, we see the tale through the eyes of a young seaman (Gig Young), who Ralls sees as his younger self.
Familiar faces in the cast include Paul Fix, Henry Daniell, Jeff Corey, Erskine Sanford, and Grant Withers.
Gail is gorgeous, as usual.
This John Wayne film is different and unusual in that John Wayne is not the all encompassing heroe that he usually portrays in films. He starts out as a somewhat greedy, deceptive person out to get what he feels he deserves from a former employer and rival, but in the end he finds redemption from his love interest, the very beautiful, Gail Russell, who starred with Wayne in "The Angel and the Badman", another fine Wayne western. Also, in the film is Gig Young, a great, "in my opinion", underrated actor who does a fine job as the character with redeaming qualities, and a friend of John Wayne in the film.
They don't make'm like this anymore! I'm sure you'll enjoy this film, pure adventure, and a film you don't have to analyze, just enjoy!
I recommend purchasing this film. You won't be disappointed!
John E. Matty, Springfield, VA.
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The surfing legend Duke K....and The Duke of Hollywood
hook up for some South Seas action. Pearls, wahinis,
and a big Calamari. Whats not to like. Oh yeah. Read more
One of the Dukes best. Interesting side note; Bat Jac came from this moviePublished 17 days ago by Scott W. Richards
average John Wayne flick -- a story built around his usual acting...if you like Wayne, you'll like thisPublished 25 days ago by Ken
Loved The Wake Of The Red Witch! 1949 movie with John Wayne and Gail Russell. Lots of adventure and intrigue, and love story right to the very closing scene. Don't miss it.Published 1 month ago by Mtn Rose
A young Wayne. Easy to watch movie. Nothing that requires strong attention.Published 1 month ago by Rob
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