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The Gamma People (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | December 1956 (USA)
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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(screenplay) (as John Gossage), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Mike Wilson
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Paula Wendt
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Howard Meade
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Boronski
Philip Leaver ...
Koerner
Martin Miller ...
Lochner
Michael Caridia ...
Hugo Wendt
Pauline Drewett ...
Hedda Lochner
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Anna (as Jackie Lane)
Olaf Pooley ...
Bikstein
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Frau Bikstein
Leonard Sachs ...
Telegraph Clerk
Paul Hardtmuth ...
Hans (as Paul Hardmuth)
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Graf
St. John Stuart ...
1st Goon
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Storyline

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 <mmckee@wkio.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Gamma-Ray Creatures Loose!


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Release Date:

December 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La gente gamma  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[looking at the castle]
Mike Wilson: Sinister looking dump isn't it.
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Connections

Referenced in Daria: Psycho Therapy (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Traumerei
(uncredited)
Music by Robert Schumann
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British American
7 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is more of a light comedy than a science fiction thriller. It's actually a film about the different stereotypes of nationalities, beginning with the "ugly American" and the "waggish British" reporters.

The film always moves briskly, due more to clever writing, good casting, and strategic directing, than on effects and big money. This is a textbook film on how to make a film look like it's more action packed than it really is.

We know it's a spoof on the nationalities from the start, as the pair of reporters are oblivious to their train car being dislodged, by accident, and rolling into a "duchy" that resembles the European duchy we get in classics like THE INSPECTOR GENERAL, THE MOUSE THAT ROARED, and others.

The duchy citizens also play to part.

However, like most good films, this takes stereotypes and changes them into three dimensional characters, or at least two dimensional. The film makes sure it doesn't lose its light hearted approach. It has the cult look of a Rocky Horror in that regard, of taking stereotypes and making more out of them.

This is a fun film, and well done, obviously low budget. There are no dull moments, which is more than I can say for most big budget science fiction movies. Much of this is because the film creates a very good atmosphere.

Never underestimate "atmosphere" and "fundamentals". This film has both.


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