& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Only 2 left in stock.
Sold by Festivus DVD and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
The Fighting Seabees / Wa... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Used: Like New | Details
Sold by jubileebooks
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Original discs, artwork, and case. Discs in excellent shape.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

The Fighting Seabees / Wake Of The Red Witch (Double Feature)

4.1 out of 5 stars 226 customer reviews

Additional DVD options Edition Discs
Price
New from Used from
DVD
"Please retry"
1
$9.77 $7.99
DVD
(May 08, 2007)
"Please retry"
1
$29.99
$22.00 $9.80
Watch Instantly with Rent Buy

Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream thousands of movies & TV shows included with Prime. Start your free trial
$29.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details Only 2 left in stock. Sold by Festivus DVD and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Fighting Seabees / Wake Of The Red Witch (Double Feature)
  • +
  • Reap the Wild Wind
Total price: $40.18
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

THE FIGHTING SEABEES - All-American hero John Wayne takes a crew of construction workers and turns them into one of WWII's toughest fighting forces in this action-packed war classic. After having convinced the Army brass to let his civilians bear arms, Wedge Donovan ( Wayne) whips his new troops into combat shape. But when he leads his unit in an alll-out assult against the Japanese, Donovan is brought up on court-martial charges and must fight for his life on a new battlefield. THE FIGHTING SEABEES offers an entertaining combination of strong supporting performances by Daniel O'Keefe and ravishing, about-to-be-superstar Susan Hayward; brawlinlg, big budget action sequences; and an Oscar-nominated score- all of which led Leonard Maltin to give "3 stars" to this spirited saga turned box office bonanza. WAKE OF THE RED WITCH - John Wayne battles enemies above and below the waves - including a giant killer octopus - in WAKE OF THE RED WITCH. This sprawling epic adventure pits the tough-minded Captain Ralls (John Wayne) against the treacherous Captain Sidneye (Luther Adler) in a bitter rivalry on a South Seas isle. At stake is a fortune in pearls hidden in an underwater cave. At risk is the hand of the beautiful Angelique (Gail Russell), daughter of Desiax, the tyrant ruler of the island who plans to marry her off to Sidneye. In an attempt to rescue Angelique, Ralls must seize the pearls and exchange them for her freedom. The danger continues as fate holds one final test of strength and bravery for the bold Captain and the woman he loves.

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Gail Russell, Dennis O'Keefe, William Frawley
  • Directors: Edward Ludwig
  • Writers: Borden Chase, Dale Van Every, Ethel Hill, Garland Roark, Harry Brown
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
  • Run Time: 206 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N4SHWG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,957 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fighting Seabees / Wake Of The Red Witch (Double Feature)" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
I can't believe this is the first 5-star review of "Wake of the Red Witch". Ever since I was a child it's been one of my very favorite John Wayne films. Maybe it's the greedy quest for the valuable pearls, or the conflict between Captain Ralls (John Wayne) & Captain Sydneye (Luther Adler), who compete fiercely for both the treasure & the lovely Angelique (Gail Russell). Or maybe it's the doomed romance that makes this so watchable. The Duke was awesome with Gail Russell in this classic as well as the wonderful western "Angel & the Badman". John Wayne made some of his best movies in the late 40's, but for some reason this classic (from 1949) has been largely forgotten. Well, at least it's on dvd. The picture quality is very good but unfortunately there are no special features, not even the trailer. If you're a big John Wayne fan & want to see him in a rare non-western role, then this is a definite must-see!
2 Comments 70 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD
After the classic "Angel and the Badman", DUKE and Gail Russell paired again for this effort, "Wake of the Red Witch".
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.
Comment 30 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD
This seemingly obscure 1949 movie produced quietly during some of John Wayne's greatest years of stardom is an overlooked excellent and well written drama. The movie ties into the original story and actually opens the original book and begins the narration of Chapter one at the hands of the first mate. The story revolves around scuttling a sailing vessel "The Red Witch" that contained a cargo of five million in Gold Bullion. There is competition between the owners and Captain Ralls (John Wayne) who plays an ambivilant character who sides with whatever group is most advantageous at the time. The story is told from the perspective of the first mate and utilized the "flashback" technique similar to "Casablanca" but spends considerable time filling you in on how the present situation developed. Although this is in glorious B&W, the island scenery and romance of the age of sail work wonders along with casual romances and adventure to make this a great and interesting film to watch.
2 Comments 30 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD
A very interesting and exciting sea picture that involves intrigue, danger, adventure, and romance. What more do you want? In addition to all of the previously mentioned offerings you have a sea monster, ie; a giant squid which is only one of many obstacles that John Wayne has to battle to retrieve valubles located in a sunken freighter.

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.
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This was the second pairing of John Wayne and the extraordinary beauty, Gail Russell...the other being THE ANGEL AND THE BADMAN, of 1947, the year before this was made. There was definitely some strong on-screen chemistry in both films and the pairings may have continued a la Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, but Russell was painfully shy and eased her shyness with alcohol. She became an alcoholic, lost work due to her unreliability and died at the young age of 36. But for a few years, she lit up the screen and this is one of her best performances. Wayne's acting always improved when he was paired w/a strong leading lady and that is true here. The story is about a 19th Century sailing ship called the Red Witch which was intentionally sunk by the Wayne character, Captain Ralls. The Witch was owned by Mayrant Sidneye (played by Luther Adler) and his company called Batjak and it contained a fortune in gold when it sank. There is a long history of animosity between Ralls and Sidneye, told in flashback to Ralls first mate, Sam Rosen, played superbly by Gig Young. It is in this flashback story told by Sidneye and his niece, Teleia (played by another beauty, Adele Mara) that the love affair between Ralls and Angelique (Russell) is told. Rosen and Teleia also fall in love, so this plot is split almost half and half between romance and adventure...and each is equally compelling. As an interesting aside, Wayne's future production company, Batjac, was named after the fictional shipping company in this film. This is one of my favorite Wayne mid-career films and comes highly recommended.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums



What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?