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The Masked Pirate (1949)

I pirati di Capri (original title)
Approved | | Adventure, Action, Drama | 25 December 1949 (USA)
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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(story and screenplay) (as G. Moser), (story and screenplay) (as G. Colonna) | 1 more credit »

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Credited cast:
Count Amalfi, alias Captain Sirocco
Mariella Lotti ...
Massimo Serato ...
Baron Holstein (as Rudolph Serato)
Alan Curtis ...
Commodore Van Diel
Mikhail Rasumny ...
Pepino (as Michael Rasumny)
Virginia Belmont ...
Annette (US version)
Eleonora Rossi Drago ...
Annette (Italian version)
Franca Marzi ...
William Tubbs ...
Alberto Califano ...
Mario Auritano ...
Eric Culton ...
Michel Sorel ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Morena ...
Zia Anastasia (as Toni Morena)


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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Release Date:

25 December 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Captain Sirocco  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in Zwischen Kino und Konzert - Der Komponist Nino Rota (1993) See more »

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Good action-historical drama

Exciting court-intrigue, costume drama, propelled to almost greatness by Nino Rota's beautiful score. I was impressed with its tempo and enjoyed the action-filled scenes, and even when the scenes were loaded with dialogs, they were delivered with passion by the fine cast. It is one of those movies in which you do not know who directed what, and where you find Edgar G. Ulmer co-directing with another filmmaker, in this case Italian Giuseppe Maria Scotese (although each artist was given the sole director credit in the copies of their respective countries). It is interesting that both men had backgrounds in the art field, Ulmer being a production designer early in his career, and Scotese starting as a painter and exhibiting his works. The richly detailed sets and costumes, as well as the lush cinematography are more impressive being this a black and white production, and it helped very much filming in Italy, using real and imposing buildings of the past and a majestic ship. Although Louis Hayward was no longer the dashing young man of «Anthony Adverse» (1936) or «The Saint in New York» (1938), first screen outing of the Simon Templar, he was still the agile action man as Captain Sirocco, the swashbuckling alter ego of the effeminate and ironic Count Amalfi. To Hayward's fine characterizations, Massimo Serato effectively counterpoints as the villainous Baron Holstein, the chief of police who wants to seize power of the kingdom of Napoli, ruled by weak queen Marie Caroline, played by Binnie Barnes. Mariella Lotti is the love interest and Mikhail Rasumny provides the comic elements of the plot. Recommended.

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