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Monday, April 8, 2013

The Navy Vs. The Night Monsters (1966)

Starring Mamie Van Doren, Anthony Eisley, Bill Gray, Bobby Van, Pamela Mason
Directed by Michael A. Hoey
(actor & director credits courtesy

After a cargo plane carrying strange plants from the Antarctic crashes at a navy base, the lieutenant in charge learns of several mysterious disappearances among his crew.

Although this sci-fi picture has a decent premise and some appealing characters, it falls short due to very limited special effects, and an unconvincing romance between the lieutenant and an infirmary nurse, played by Mamie Van Doren, who's just window dressing here, despite being the star of the film.  There's still some goofy fun to be had, but author Murray Leinster's novel deserves a better adaptation.

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