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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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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

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Trivia

According to modern sources, the air-battle scenes were filmed during actual combat. 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

Warsaw Concerto
(1941)
Written by Richard Addinsell
Played during the opening credits and often as background music
Played on piano by Anton Walbrook (dubbed by Louis Kentner) often
Hummed by Sally Gray
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Flashback of Polish war pilot,starting and ending with struggle to recall concerto.
9 August 2001 | by (Anchorage,Alaska.) – See all my reviews

Opens in UK hospital with Walbrook as war-injured Polish officer agonising over recall of composition:flashback to meeting with N.Y. news correspondent (who quickly supplants US with UK accent) Sally Gray(actress's name) as he ruminates over concerto composition.Further recall to selection by Air pilots' squad to come to US to garner funds for Poland in 1940.Wrenching decision to return East and and as RAF pilot runs out of ammunition and wilfully crashes into German bomber,bringing us back to original scene in hospital room. Conflicts developed very nicely:between hero and other pilots;between hero and close friend over the heroine;between hero and wife about return to UK;and within himself over his future mission:to stay fundraising in US or join RAF.Goes without saying about excellent haunting" Warsaw Concerto" excellently played,very moody amd evocative. When this film came out in '41 the Concerto was criticised as a copy of Grieg's p.concerto in A mi., or Tchaikowski's 2nd in C. All the same it is worth several viewings.


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