The Emperor of Capri

The Emperor of Capri (Italian: L'imperatore di Capri) is a 1949 Italian comedy film directed by Luigi Comencini and starring Totò, Yvonne Sanson and Marisa Merlini.[1]

The Emperor of Capri
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLuigi Comencini
Produced byCarlo Ponti
Written byLuigi Comencini
Gino De Santis
Marcello Marchesi
Vittorio Metz
Teresa Ricci Bartoloni
Yvonne Sanson
Marisa Merlini
Music byFelice Montagnini
CinematographyGiuseppe Caracciolo
Edited byOtello Colangeli
Lux Film
Distributed byLux Film
Release date
16 December 1949
Running time
90 minutes

The film's sets were designed by the art director Carlo Egidi.

Plot summary

Sonia, a beautiful gold digger, mistakes Antonio, a waiter in a Neapolitan hotel, for the Arab prince Bey of Agapur and makes an appointment with him for the following day in Capri. Antonio goes there behind his wife and mother in law's back. Due to a lucky series of circumstances he really does becomes the prince of the island.


The plot is a familiar one, involving mistaken identity, close shaves, and an affair with a beautiful woman. Forced to pose as a visiting Indian prince, Toto does his best to carry off the deception while visiting the island of Capri. This time, he must contend with the amorous advances of two well-proportioned ladies, played by Yvonne Sanson and Marisa Merlini



  1. Moliterno p.88


  • Moliterno, Gino. A to Z of Italian Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2009.
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