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The Gamma People (1956)

Passed | | 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.


John Gilling


John W. Gossage (screenplay) (as John Gossage), John Gilling (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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


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


Gamma-Ray Creatures Loose!


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English | German

Release Date:

December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La gente gamma See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Alternate Versions

In the 1980s Columbia Pictures replaced their slightly abridged U.S. version with a version restored to its original British length of 79 minutes. It is this version that has been used for pay-tv showings and video release. See more »


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


Music by Robert Schumann
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What did I just see?
25 April 2017 | by OrangieTooDopeSee all my reviews

This movie is very deceiving.It seems to have a good story that makes sense but it's actually just an anti-Hitler movie full of plot holes.For once someone actually tried to make a good movie,they just failed. It starts with a train car taking several minutes to gently break away from the train.The car only has 2 people(reporters) in it because that's completely normal. One guy pushes the buzzer for the waitress(I have never been on a train but I doubt those buttons ever existed) and he immediately gets up to check on why she hasn't shown up.Nevermind that there were NO wires going from their car to the rest of the train.It was 1956, I guess they had wireless buttons. As their car drifts away from the train,we see two Hitler youth looking kids run out and throw the track switch so the car goes to their town.How did they know the car had broken free? The car stops and there's 10 minutes of time killing confusion before we learn that they are in an imaginary country that is exactly like Nazi Germany(except for the French-style military uniforms),they even use some German words. From this point on the majority of the movie is too dark to see anything,so you won't realize how stupid it is. The whole time there are hints about the reporters never being able to leave but there is nothing in the story to actually support that. There is also some stuff about weird masks that never makes any sense. One reporter gets beat up by a kid on a swing.The other one(who is fat & old and wears his pants around his neck) easily outruns a group of "goons". They get a car and drive into the country.It gets a flat and they all get out immediately and run to the front of the car,which immediately blows up. Then the fat guy tells the skinny guy to run back to the city to get help!!!While he and the girl they found run to Hitler's castle. Everything that happens in the castle is stupid and I won't waste any more time on this movie. Although I have nothing good to say about this movie,I am going to say you might want to give it a chance just to see how silly it is.

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