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25 December 1949 (USA) See more »
A group of men calling themselves 'The Pirates of Capri", headed by Captain Sirroco, who is really Count Amalfi... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Louis Hayward ... Count Amalfi, alias Captain Sirocco

Binnie Barnes ... Queen Maria Carolina
Mariella Lotti ... Mercedes Villalta Lopez
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 ... 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
Liana Del Balzo ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Arianne Ulmer ... 11 Year Old Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Edgar G. Ulmer 
Giuseppe Maria Scotese (co-director) (uncredited in US version)
Writing credits
Giorgio Moser (story and screenplay) (as G. Moser) and
Golfiero Colonna (story and screenplay) (as G. Colonna)

Sidney Alexander  writer

Produced by
Victor Pahlen .... producer
Niccolò Theodoli .... executive producer
Rudolph Monter .... producer (uncredited: US version)
Original Music by
Nino Rota  (as Nina Rota on U.S. prints)
Cinematography by
Anchise Brizzi  (as A. Brizzi)
Film Editing by
Renzo Lucidi 
Production Design by
Guido Fiorini  (as G. Fiorini)
Costume Design by
Maria Baroni 
Dario Cecchi 
Makeup Department
Guglielmo Bonotti .... makeup artist (uncredited: US version)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Golfiero Colonna .... assistant director (uncredited on U.S. prints)
Giorgio Moser .... assistant director (uncredited: US version)
Sound Department
Vittorio Trentino .... sound recordist (as V. Trentino)
Music Department
Franco Ferrara .... musical director
Other crew
Guido Fiorini .... scenarist
Shirley Ulmer .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Captain Sirocco" - USA (reissue title)
"Pirates of Capri" - USA (DVD title)
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USA:94 min | West Germany:89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-16 | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Good action-historical drama, 17 November 2015

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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