The Gamma People

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The Gamma People
The Gamma People movie poster.png
Directed by John Gilling
Produced by John Gossage
Screenplay by John Gilling
John Gossage
Story by Robert Aldrich
Louis Pollock
Starring Paul Douglas
Eva Bartok
Leslie Phillips
Walter Rilla
Martin Miller
Philip Leaver
Music by George Melachrino
Cinematography Ted Moore
Edited by Jack Slade
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
30 January 1956 (United Kingdom: general release)[1]
  • December 1956 (1956-12) (United States)
Running time
76 or 78 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English

The Gamma People is a 1955 British-American black-and-white science fiction film, produced by John Gossage, directed by John Gilling, that stars Paul Douglas, Eva Bartok, and Leslie Phillips.[2] The film was distributed by Columbia Pictures and evolved from a script treatment originally written in the early 1950s by Robert Aldrich.[3] The Gamma People was released theatrically in the U.S. on a double bill with the British science fiction film 1984.


A train passenger car carrying a reporter and his photographer mysteriously breaks away from its locomotive, accidentally ending up on a remote sidetrack in Gudavia, an isolated Ruritanian-style, one-village Eastern Bloc dictatorship. The newsmen discover a mad scientist using gamma rays to turn the country's youth into either geniuses or subhumans, all at the bidding of an equally mad dictator.


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  1. ^ F Maurice Speed, Film Review 1956-57, Macdonald & Co 1956
  2. ^ The Gamma People at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  3. ^ p.14 Aldrich, Robert with Arnold, Edwin T. & Miller, Eugene L. Robert Aldrich: InterviewsUniv. Press of Mississippi, 2004
  4. ^ "Pat Medina Set In 'The Gamma People'". The Hartford Courant. October 9, 1955. p. A9. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ "British woman, 36, claims she is Sinatra's daughter". Chicago Tribune. August 17, 1994. p. 2. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rilla Joins 'Gamma People'". The Hartford Courant. September 11, 1955. p. D12. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 

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