The Gamma People (1955)

35mm, black and white
mono, English

A British science fiction film directed by John Gilling.

Plot Summary

An American journalist is stranded behind the Iron Curtain and uncovers a plot to use gamma rays on , turning them into a mutant, radioactive army.


Directed by: John Gilling
© MCMLV [1955] by Warwick Film Productions Ltd.
A Warwick Film production
Executive Producers: Irving Allen *, Albert R. Broccoli *
Produced by: John Gossage
Production Supervisor: John Palmer
Screenplay by: John Gilling and John Gossage
Based on an Original Story by: Louis Pollock
Assistant Director: Robert Lynn
Continuity: Pamela Davies
Director of Photography: Ted Moore
Camera Operator: Ernest Day
2nd Unit Cameraman: Skeets Kelly
Supervising Editor: Alan Osbiston
Editor: Jack Slade
Music Composed and Directed by: George Melachrino
Orchestrations by: William Hill Bowen
Sound Recordist: Peter Davies
Sound Editor: Frank Goulding
Western Electric Recording
Costume Designer: Olga Lehmann
Make-up Artist: George Frost
Hairdresser: Waleen Whitworth
Photographic Effects: Tom Howard
Art Director: John Box
Assistant Art Director: Syd Cain
Produced at: M.G.M. British Studios, Elstree, England
Location Manager: Peter Berg

Paul Douglas (Mike Wilson)
Eva Bartok (Paula Wendt)
Leslie Phillips (Howard Meade)
Walter Rilla (Boronski)
Martin Miller (Lochner)
Philip Leaver (Koerner)
Rosalie Crutchley (Frau Bikstein)
Leonard Sachs (telegraph clerk)
Paul Hardmuth (Hans)
Jackie Lane (Anna)
Olaf Pooley (Bikstein)
Pauline Drewett (Hedda Lochner)
St John Stuart (head goon)
Michael Caridia (Hugo Wendt)

Alternative Titles

Het Gamma-Schrikbewind – Dutch title
La gente gamma – Italian title



  • Monthly Film Bulletin March 1956 p.31 – credits, review
  • Nebula Science Fiction vol.1 no.2 (Spring 1953) p.96 – note (Scientifilm previews by Forrest J. Ackerman)
  • Today's Cinema no.7435 vol.LXXXVI (11 January 1956) p.7 – trade show details


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.158
  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.313 – credits, synopsis
  • The Columbia Checklist: The Feature Films, Cartoons, Serials and Short Subjects of Columbia Pictures, 1922-1988 by Len D. Martin p.117
  • Columbia Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1928-1982 by Michael R. Pitts pp.86-88
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.54, 349, 349
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.149 – credits, short review
  • The International Spy Guide 001 by Richard Rhys Davies p.354 – illustrated credits, note
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.49
  • by Walt Lee p.156 – credits
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.113