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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 ...
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

Anton Walbrook had aspirations as a classical pianist in real life so his hands are shown playing the piano. However, the piano part as heard was recorded by an uncredited Louis Kentner. See more »

Goofs

The in-flight close up of a German bomber over England is a reversed shot as indicated by the plane's registration letters. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Polonaise in A major Op. 40 No. 1
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played on an xylophone on radio to indicate Poland is still inconquered
Played as background music as airplanes leave Warsaw
Played on piano by Anton Walbrook (dubbed by Louis Kentner)
Reprised on piano by Anton Walbrook (dubbed by Louis Kentner) as the encore at his New York concert
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Not really that good
31 August 2011 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Wartime propaganda movie that was probably supposed to make people more kindly disposed towards Polish pilots in the RAF. I had heard about this film for years but never seen it; now however I recall that Spike Milligan in his memoirs (of a time when this was a brand new movie) describes it as something like "bloody awful." I wouldn't go that far but for a movie that is supposed to be about a fighter pilot it has a handful of minutes of flying and several hours (it feels like) of piano music + Sally Gray (who is not bad to look at I admit). Or closeups of Anton Walbrook's rabbit-like face as more orchestral music plays in the background.


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