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Suicide Squadron (1941)
"Dangerous Moonlight" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  20 April 1942 (USA)
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During World War II, an American newswoman falls for a Polish piano virtuoso...who wants to go back and fight.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anton Walbrook ...
Stefan 'Steve' Radetzky
Sally Gray ...
Carol Peters Radetzky
Derrick De Marney ...
Mike Carroll
Cecil Parker ...
Specialist
Percy Parsons ...
Bill Peters
Kenneth Kent ...
Andre De Guise (as Keneth Kent)
J.H. Roberts ...
Residing Physician (as J.H.Roberts)
Guy Middleton ...
Shorty
...
British Commander
Frederick Valk ...
Polish Bomber Commander
O.B. Clarence ...
Waiter with tray of wine
James Pirrie ...
(as James Perrie)
Marian Spencer ...
Miss Gratton (as Marion Spencer)
Leslie Gordon ...
(as Lesley Gordon)
Philip Friend ...
Pete
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Storyline

Prologue: in 1940, a shellshocked man fights to recall his past. Flashback: During the Nazi invasion of Poland, American reporter Carole Peters meets Polish airman Stefan Radetzky, also a piano virtuoso. Stefan is among the last to escape Warsaw; months later, in New York, he and Carole meet again, and marry. But the thought of his going back to fight is not only personally terrifying to Carole, but seems a great waste of his musical talent... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Drama | Romance | War

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20 April 1942 (USA)  »

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Suicide Squadron  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although this was a British RKO production, RKO leased it to Republic Pictures for release in the United States. However, RKO distributed it in England. See more »

Goofs

After Stefan has climbed into his single-engined plane for the flight to Roumania the scene merges into a take-off shot, but the aircraft taking off is twin-engined. See more »

Connections

Featured in Shepperton Babylon (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Rose of Tralee
Music by Charles W. Glover
Lyrics 'C. (or E.) Mordaunt Spencer'
Hummed by Derrick De Marney
Played on piano by Anton Walbrook (dubbed by Louis Kentner)
Played as background music when Stefan retrieves Mike's belongings
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Some of the best music to come out of England!
28 March 2000 | by (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) – See all my reviews

"Dangerous Moonlight" is one of those movies that catches one by surprise. I was working in my home office one night when I started hearing this piano music coming from the living room television. Enjoying it so much, I quit working and went in to listen and then to watch. Then after checking the television schedule, I set the VCR and taped the movie. I have since watched the movie several times and continue to enjoy it.

Anton Wallenbrook plays his part quite well and gives one a very interesting story of talent and guilt. Sally Gray makes an equally good performance as a normal insensitive American lady reporter who does not understand the implications of war. Derrick DeMarney is also good as the best friend of Stefan Radetsky, by being his conscience and confidant.

You can enjoy this movie watching it once, but don't cheat yourself, watch it a few times.


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