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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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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 ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

La gente gamma  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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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DId they intentionally try to make this funny?
22 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is pretty evident that this one was made pretty quickly to cash in on the drive-in horror flixs popular at the time. So many of these types of films made during the 50s had very small budgets but took themselves VERY seriously. That is why many of them turned out as high camp.

I am guessing the producers of this film must have taken a look at the budget and the script and the actors and decided that it was gonna be a hard sell to audiences as just another mid 50s low-budget "horror" pic. The basic outline of the plot has so many European stereotyped characters and so many plot clichés that no one would ever go to see it.

So I bet they did some minor changes to the dialog, replaced some of the standard scary background music with a lighter score and told the actors to play it for laughs with tongue in check. If you judge it as a sort of send-up of it's genre it fares a lot better then if you try to take it seriously. A lot of the jokes fall flat and the actors seem to do their best with it but as a "scary" movie it fails miserably. I will give them the benefit of the doubt and five stars for the effort.

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