The Navy vs. the Night Monsters

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The Navy vs. the Night Monsters movie poster.

Movie (1966)

Mamie Van Doren (Nora Hall)
Anthony Eisley (Lt. Charles Brown)
Billy Gray (CPO Fred Twining)
Bobby Van (Ensign Rutherford Chandler)
Pamela Mason (Marie)
Walter Sande (Dr. Arthur Beechum)

Specimens of strange trees are found by a scientific expedition in Antarctica as part of "Operation Deep Freeze." En route to the United States, the plane carrying them intends to stop off at the remote US Navy outpost on Gow Island. Midflight however, something goes wrong, and the plane crashlands. Only the pilot, Miller, is found alive and in a state of shock. Everyone else is missing. Acting C.O. Lt. Brown and head scientist Dr. Beechum have the tree specimens - which survived the crash - planted near Gow's hot springs. At night however, the trees walk... and make their human victims disappear with their melting touch.

Douglas R4D Skytrain Goonie Bird

The ill-fated cargo plane. Due to the film's low budget various continuity errors abound, with the plane in some shots portrayed by stock footage of a real US Navy R4D and in others by Douglas DC-3 without any military livery whatsoever. Stock footage of an actual plane crash (a Curtiss C-46 ; look below) was apparently used for Miller's emergency crashlanding.

Douglas R4D of US Navy.
Douglas R4D of US Navy.
Douglas R4D of US Navy.

Douglas DC-3

Replaces the R4D Skytrain for the final approach and close shots once the rescue team reaches the crashed plane.


Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando

The crash scene in itself. Probably a Curtiss C-46 Commando due to the plane's nose without setback.

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Grumman F-11F Tiger

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Northrop F-89A Scorpion

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Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star

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Grumman F9F Panther

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Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.


Grumman F9F Cougar

Of the Blue Angels ! A type of aircraft no more used by this aerobatics team since ten years.

TNvsTNM F9F-BAngels Cougar.jpg
TNvsTNM F9F-BA.jpg

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