Pathe look into spate of robberies in London - should Britain reintroduce Corporal Punishment?
Full title reads: "Big Robberies Alarm Authorities".
Intertitle reads: "Spate of Currency Thefts demands new Anti-Crime Measures".
LV Two men with money bags strapped to their wrists, leaving Midland Bank at Spitalfields, London - one of them hails a taxi. CU Bag strapped to man's wrist. GV Elevated, taxi drawing in beside the two men. LV One of the men giving instructions to the driver, they get into the taxi and we pan into BV. as it leaves. LV Pan, taxi driving into yard of disused factory. GV Elevated, taxi coming through open gates and into yard. SV Gates of yard closing.
CU Newspaper reading "Masked Gang grab £8,000 mail bags". CU Newspaper headline "Mail Gang in £10,000 London Raid". CU Ditto. "London Bandits grab £13,000". CU Ditto. "£20,000 Raid on London Bank".
GV Midland Bank in Stoke Newington High Street. SV Doors of builders' yard at the back which the thieves took the safe-cutting apparatus through. SV Window with new bars up which the thieves cut through to enter the bank. Angle shot "Euston Road" sign. LV Int. Ironmonger's shop assistant walking carrying cutters of the type which the thieves used. CU Cutters cutting through bolt. LV Looking over the assistant's shoulder as he watches car drive away from the shop. GV Robbery location, Town Hall Parade, Brixton. GV Post Office, Clapton. GV Midland Bank at Brentford. CU Man lying on ground with his forehead bandaged and being attended to by ambulance men after having been coshed. LV Crowd looking on as the man is carried into the ambulance. Int. shot, man being brought into ambulance on stretcher. Pan shot, from "Ambulance" into BV. as it drives away.
Voiceover asks whether bandits shouldn't get 'The Cat' - the corporal punishment.
GV Whitehall, London. CU "Home Office" plate on door. LV Int. Bill Symon interviewing the Home Secretary, Mr RA (Rab) Butler. CU Home Secretary as he is asked "Sir, Why are you against flogging people who rob people with violence?" "Well originally flogging was done away with in 1861, that's about 100 years ago. It was kept for crimes of violence up till 1948, then it was abolished ...and since then the crimes of violence have actually gone down, and now they stand at less than they were in 1948". "Sir, do you intend to increase the Police Force?" "We are getting more recruits, ... but I think it's even more important to make the most use of the forces we have. Now some people say that there are too many on traffic duties ... road traffic accidents in fact account for more loss of life than anything, even the criminals do so we must keep a balance between the two."
LV Int. Everthorpe Borstal, inmates having a meal. GV Elevated shot, inmates marching accompanied by warder. BV Squad of inmates marching away from camera. Half lit. Man says 'You expect miracles'. Bill Symon off screen 'And who are you?'. 'I'm John Capstick, ex-chief superintendent of CID. "Ah, one of Scotland Yard's big Five. What's your solution to the problem?" "Well you know, thieves who commit violence, they should be flogged with the cat, they understand that.... You know they much prefer a double sentence of imprisonment that the Cat o'nine tails." "Do you think the Police are doing enough to combat this violent crime?" "Well, they're doing well ... what I personally would like to see is the women police do these duties and relieve the men to suppress crime".
CU Walking shot, bulging bag being carried. SV man carrying bag surrounded by four of his colleagues, all armed with various weapons. LV Pan, group arrive at pub door and the man with the bag enters, while his "guards" wait outside. CU Three "guards" outside. LV "Guards" standing in entrance where their man went in, pan to an entrance round side and we see the man with the money bag making a run for it. CU Man looking over his shoulder as he starts to run up the street. GV (Quick motion) the man running off up the street.