The Gamma People
|The Gamma People|
|Directed by||John Gilling|
|Produced by||John Gossage|
|Screenplay by||John Gilling
|Story by||Robert Aldrich
|Music by||George Melachrino|
|Edited by||Jack Slade|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|30 January 1956 (United Kingdom: general release)
|76 or 78 minutes|
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. The film was distributed by Columbia Pictures and evolved from a script treatment originally written in the early 1950s by Robert Aldrich. 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.
- Paul Douglas as Mike Wilson
- Eva Bartok as Paula Wendt
- Leslie Phillips as Howard Meade
- Walter Rilla as Boronski
- Philip Leaver as Koerner
- Martin Miller as Lochner
- Michael Caridia as Hugo Wendt
- Pauline Drewett as Hedda Lochner
- Jocelyn Lane as Anna
- Olaf Pooley as Bikstein
- Rosalie Crutchley as Frau Bikstein
- Leonard Sachs as Telegraph Clerk
- Paul Hardtmuth as Hans
- Cyril Chamberlain as Graf
- F Maurice Speed, Film Review 1956-57, Macdonald & Co 1956
- The Gamma People at the American Film Institute Catalog.
- p.14 Aldrich, Robert with Arnold, Edwin T. & Miller, Eugene L. Robert Aldrich: InterviewsUniv. Press of Mississippi, 2004
- "Pat Medina Set In 'The Gamma People'". The Hartford Courant. October 9, 1955. p. A9. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- "British woman, 36, claims she is Sinatra's daughter". Chicago Tribune. August 17, 1994. p. 2. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- "Rilla Joins 'Gamma People'". The Hartford Courant. September 11, 1955. p. D12. Retrieved April 29, 2012.