In Italy, school full of children is held to ransom by two mad gunmen for six hours.
Arturo and Osvaldo Santato, brothers recently discharged from asylum, threaten to blow up school full of children unless they receive £120,000 ransom money. After agonising six hours, a school mistress attacks Arturo and disarms him and Osvaldo gives up.
LV. School building. GV. School building with troops in foreground - could be police with rifles. CU. 'Elementary School' notice - in Italian. GV. School building, children at window. SV. Children with their hands tied. GV. Police formed up outside school. SV. Children at school window with one of the teachers with her hands tied. SV. Photographer at window. Camera pans to statue of Madonna in the wall. SV. Children and mistresses at window. SV. Television set being carried up on demand of the madmen. SV. One of the mad men speaking through microphone to crowd below. Teachers are leaning out of window with him. SV. Man talking. There is a scuffle and madman leaves window. LV. Man clambering up ladder, crowd in foreground running towards school. GV. Children being lifted out of window by rescuers. SV. Crowd - one of the children being carried away. CU. Policeman carrying a crying child, followed by two other children also being carried. GV. Children being lifted from window. SV. Man comes towards camera carrying little girl who is crying. CU. Crowd milling about. TV. Two men bending over figure on ground. One appears to be listening for heartbeat. TV. Man (one of the mad brothers) lifted from ground and carried towards ambulance. CU. The heroine schoolmistress, Paola del Caratore, being interviewed by pressman.