Benito Mussolini encourages the people of Italy to hand over their gold and iron to make up for metal shortage in the country.
Item title reads - Gold and Iron - Italians' response to Mussolini's call.
L/S of the palace in Italy. M/S as Benito Mussolini walks up the steps towards a large melting pot. Various shots as King Victor Emmanuel and his Queen walk down the steps. L/S of crowds of people in front of the palace. It is part of a drive to collect precious metals and iron, to make up for metals formerly imported from other parts of Europe. M/S as ladies throw their gold wedding rings into the pot. M/S as steel rings are put on their fingers to replace them.
M/S of bedsteads and various other metal objects put on trucks and added to large piles. Good montage of shots showing this happening in various places. M/S of young children throwing their contributions onto a pile. M/S of an Italian cinema and a notice for a propaganda film encouraging people to give up their metal. People crowd around outside and add things to a large pile. M/S's as goldsmiths weigh and value trinkets. M/S as the camera pans across various objects including jewellery. M/S as two small children bring trays of metal objects to a man. L/S exterior of parliament building and people inside. M/S of upturned war helmet where the men are throwing their medals as part of the campaign.