The Pirates of Capri

The Pirates of Capri (Italian: I pirati di Capri), released in the United Kingdom as The Masked Pirate, is a 1949 Italian/American international co-production swashbuckler film directed by Edgar G. Ulmer starring Louis Hayward.[1][2] It was filmed on location in Italy.

The Pirates of Capri
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEdgar G. Ulmer
Produced byVictor Pahlen
Written bySidney Alexander
Giorgio Moser
Golfiero Colonna
StarringLouis Hayward
Music byNino Rota
CinematographyAnchise Brizzi
Edited byRenzo Lucidi
Distributed byFilm Classics
Release date
  • December 25, 1949 (1949-12-25) (U.S.)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States


In Naples in 1798, foppish nobleman Count Amalfi (Louis Hayward), adviser to the Queen (Binnie Barnes), is secretly the heroic pirate Captain Sirocco, who leads a band of rebels to overthrow the aristocratic regime, dominated by villainous Police Chief Von Holstein (Massimo Serato).


Critical reception

In a contemporary review, The New York Times wrote "the thundering noise, confusion and blood-letting of revolution comes too late to offset the pompous and dull make-believe that dominates," concluding that "Stuffy and obvious are the adjectives that best describe "The Pirates of Capri;"[1] while more recently, TV Guide gave the film 2/4 stars, and wrote "Great action scenes and clever direction by Ulmer pull this one out of the doldrums."[3]


  1. "The Pirates of Capri film review". New York Times. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  2. "Pirates of Capri, The (1949) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies.
  3. "The Pirates Of Capri - TV Guide".
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