Toto the Sheik

Toto the Sheik (Italian: Totò sceicco) is a 1950 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Mattoli and starring Totò.[1][2] It is a parody of desert films such as The Son of the Sheik and Siren of Atlantis.

Toto the Sheik
Film poster
Directed byMario Mattoli
Produced byRomolo Laurenti
Written byAgenore Incrocci
Marcello Marchesi
Vittorio Metz
Furio Scarpelli
CinematographyMario Albertelli
Edited byGiuliana Attenni
Manenti Film
Distributed byTitanus Distribuzione
Release date
  • 30 November 1950 (1950-11-30)
Running time
95 minutes


Antonio is the humble servant of a rich family, governed by the Marquis Gastone. He is a young man madly in love with Lulu, but she betrays him, and he desperately enlist in the foreign legion. The old Marchesa, his mother, persuades Antonio to enlist to watch over Gastone, and so he arrives in Arabia. There Antonio is led with barrel (because enlistment is secret), and is exchanged by Arabs for their sheikh, who came to lead the revolt against the western invaders. The vicissitudes follow one another, especially when the rebels discover that Antonio is not the Sheikh, and so, having also escaped a death sentence, Antonio ends up in a secret passage, in the lost city of Atlantis, where he meets the beautiful Queen Antinea.



  1. "New York Times: Totò sceicco". NY Times. Retrieved 1 August 2008.
  2. Curti p.145


  • Roberto Curti. Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1957-1969. McFarland, 2015.
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