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The Masked Pirate (1949)
"I pirati di Capri" (original title)

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A group of men calling themselves 'The Pirates of Capri", headed by Captain Sirroco, who is really Count Amalfi, are trying to restore freedom to the people of Naples in 1799. The Queen is ... See full summary »

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Count di Amalfi, alias Capt. Sirocco
Binnie Barnes ...
Queen Carolina Maria
Mariella Lotti ...
Countess Mercedes de Lopez
Massimo Serato ...
Baron von Holstein (as Rudolph Serato)
Alan Curtis ...
Commodore Van Diel
Mikhail Rasumny ...
Pepino (as Michael Rasumny)
Virginia Belmont ...
Annette
Franca Marzi ...
Carla
William Tubbs ...
Pignatelli
Alberto Califano ...
Officer
Mario Auritano ...
Officer
Eric Culton ...
Officer
Michel Sorel ...
Nicolo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Morena ...
Zia Anastasia (as Toni Morena)
Erminio Spalla
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A group of men calling themselves 'The Pirates of Capri", headed by Captain Sirroco, who is really Count Amalfi, are trying to restore freedom to the people of Naples in 1799. The Queen is advised of the pirate's assault of a member of her court and she seeks to escape to Palermo. But, she is advised it would be good politics for her to attend a ball Amalfi is giving for his fiancée, Mercedes, who is unaware of the dual role Amalfi is playing. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE PIRATES OF CAPRI (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1949) **1/2
18 December 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much from this period romp but, following an uncertain beginning (actually, the solitary pirate sequence itself), once the scene shifted to the court intrigues, it settled down into being a likable - if highly derivative - Grade 'B' costumer. Ulmer endows the location-shot film with a reasonable amount of style (his trademark shadowy lighting and odd camera angles coming into play most prominently during the busy climax). The plot basically revamps the Zorro saga (with Louis Hayward doubling as aristocratic fop and masked bandit) - thus making it an ideal companion to THE MARK OF ZORRO (1940), which I rewatched via the Fox SE DVD the previous day - but, given the lead character's quest for vengeance and his involvement with a theatrical troupe, it appears that the film was equally inspired by Rafael Sabatini's "Scaramouche"! The film emerges patchy as a whole (with the script failing to be witty, its attempts at comedy relief are especially resistible), but the dramatic scenes - particularly where villain Massimo Serato is concerned - compel some attention, and the derring-do is surprisingly adroit.

This had been released on DVD by All Day Entertainment, as both a stand-alone edition and as part of a collection dedicated to Ulmer. I had been tempted time and again to purchase some of them but eventually settled on just the individual disc of BLUEBEARD (1944) - which was excellent; I did manage to rent THE STRANGE WOMAN (1946) eventually by way of a cheap DVD edition from another label - but that film left no particular impression on me. As for the rest, thankfully, all but one turned up recently on Italian TV in their original language with subtitles: apart from THE PIRATES OF CAPRI, I recently watched DAUGHTER OF DR. JEKYLL (1957) but still need to check out STRANGE ILLUSION (1945)...


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