The Gamma People (1956)

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An American reporter smells a story when he is stranded in an Iron Curtain country where the local dictator is using gamma rays to transform children into mutated henchmen.



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Complete credited cast:
Mike Wilson
Eva Bartok ...
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Howard Meade
Walter Rilla ...
Philip Leaver ...
Martin Miller ...
Michael Caridia ...
Hugo Wendt
Pauline Drewett ...
Hedda Lochner
Jocelyn Lane ...
Anna (as Jackie Lane)
Olaf Pooley ...
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Frau Bikstein
Leonard Sachs ...
Telegraph Clerk
Paul Hardtmuth ...
Hans (as Paul Hardmuth)
Cyril Chamberlain ...
St. John Stuart ...
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An American reporter smells a story when he is stranded in an Iron Curtain country where the local dictator is using gamma rays to transform children into mutated henchmen. Written by Marty McKee <>

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Release Date:

December 1956 (USA)  »

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La gente gamma  »

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1.37 : 1
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Although the two men stay in their private berth and are oblivious to what is going on as the decoupled passenger car rolls down the side track into Gudavia, multiple exterior shots of the rolling car show different sets of windows either open or closed from shot-to-shot, although there was no one else on the car to open or close the windows. See more »


[looking at the castle]
Mike Wilson: Sinister looking dump isn't it.
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Referenced in Daria: Psycho Therapy (2000) See more »


Music by Robert Schumann
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A Head Shaker...A Mind Melter
7 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one will leave your head spinning like an Ed Wood film. It is a surreal stew of so many styles and symbolism that a reference point is reticent.

Ten years after WWII the fascist fear was forever present. Here we have science-fiction mind control based on factual events that instill a real life horror and remembrance of a not too long ago plague of pathology.

Hitler youth, enslavement encampment, and a mad scientist are at work here along with foreign journalists and feather headed throwbacks in this offbeat and mind-boggling concoction that almost but doesn't quite work.

The movie also, for some reason, throws in a bit of slapstick humor and coy dialog that got lost on its way to some other film and found its way into this sometimes sombre scenario of tortured children and monstrous and zombified men who were victims of the villains.

The result is a jigsaw made up of pieces from different puzzles. Interesting and never dull, but occasionally so twisted and ill fitting that one is left with a jaw dropping experience that will have you shaking your head, and that just might be the effect of that mind-melting gamma ray gun.

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