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Alarm Bells
Campane a martello.jpg
Spanish film poster
Directed byLuigi Zampa
Written byPaolo Heusch
Piero Tellini
Produced byCarlo Ponti
StarringGina Lollobrigida
Yvonne Sanson
Eduardo De Filippo
CinematographyCarlo Montuori
Edited byEraldo Da Roma
Music byNino Rota
Distributed byLux Film
Release date
  • 16 September 1949 (1949-09-16)
Running time
109 minutes

Alarm Bells (Italian: Campane a martello) is a 1949 Italian drama film directed by Luigi Zampa and starring Gina Lollobrigida, Yvonne Sanson and Eduardo De Filippo.[1]

Location shooting took place on Ischia in the Gulf of Naples. The film's sets were designed by the art director Piero Gherardi. A separate English-language version Children of Chance was produced. It was directed by Zampa but otherwise featured a different British cast of actors. It took around 113 million lira at the box office.[2]

A scene from the film featuring De Filippo, Lollobrigida and Sanson.
A scene from the film featuring De Filippo, Lollobrigida and Sanson.


Agostina has been working as a prostitute during World War II, has been sending the money she has saved back to her hometown priest for safekeeping. After the war she returns to the island with her friend Australia, planning to open a clothing shop. However, she discovers that the Priest had been dead a year and his successor believing that the money was a donation has spent it all on an orphanage for those who have lost their parents in the war.


See also


  1. ^ Hal Erickson (2011). "The New York Times: Campane a martello". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  2. ^ Chiti & Poppi p.74


  • Chiti, Roberto & Poppi, Roberto. Dizionario del cinema italiano: Dal 1945 al 1959. Gremese Editore, 1991.

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