The Gamma People (1956)
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as Mike Wilson
as Howard Meade
as Paula Wendt
as Frau Bikstein
as Telegraph Clerk
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I thought this was a pretty good film, and as the description reads, the scientist either made the people genius or they could make them very dumb.
Given its hokey plot, "The Gamma People" is a surprisingly first-class production. But picturesque locations, solid acting and capable direction aren't enough to save the film. Two journalist friends (one American and one British...why?) are on a train to Salzburg, but arrive in the tiny, uncharted country of Gudavia by mistake. The local people are upbeat and seem harmless enough, but something isn't quite right. Despite not having seen "The Wicker Man," the visitors soon develop suspicions of a lurking evil. Being crafty investigators, they discover the area is under the thumb of a fearsome Dr. Boronski. Boronski is the usual brilliant, madman scientist -- his scheme is using gamma rays to create child geniuses (along with a few adult zombies to serve as security staff). Naturally, he is upset to have his operation revealed -- even though he ordered the journalists steered to town in the first place (why?). The two leads are an interesting pair. They seem too old for these roles, yet are impressively skilled at throwing punches. But rather than being the usual hard-nosed gumshoe types, they are playful, understated and charming. I was reminded of a similar crime-solving pair from the campy "Chamber of Horrors." If you ever wondered what Kurt Von Trapp from "The Sound of Music" would be like as a Nazi, take a look at this film's wicked Hugo.
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