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Writers:
Terence Young (original story)
Terence Young (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 April 1942 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
During World War II, an American newswoman falls for a Polish piano virtuoso...who wants to go back and fight. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nice Music, Shame About the Film See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Guy Middleton ... Shorty

John Laurie ... 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
Philip Friend ... Pete

Michael Rennie ... Kapulski
Charles Farrell ... First Cab Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Beatty ... Reporter with Carol (uncredited)
Elwyn Brook-Jones ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Tommy Duggan ... (uncredited)
Gordon Glennon ... (uncredited)
Cynthia Heppner ... (uncredited)
Alan Keith ... (uncredited)
John Lawson ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Kay Lewis ... (uncredited)
Conway Palmer ... (uncredited)
Kent Stevenson ... (uncredited)
William Taylor ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian Desmond Hurst 
 
Writing credits
Terence Young (original story)

Terence Young (screenplay)

Rodney Ackland  contributing writer (uncredited)
Brian Desmond Hurst  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
William Sistrom .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Addinsell 
 
Cinematography by
Georges Périnal (photography) (as Georges Perinal)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Jaggs 
 
Art Direction by
John Bryan 
 
Costume Design by
Cecil Beaton (gowns designed by)
 
Production Management
Philip Brandon .... production manager (as Phil Brandon)
 
Sound Department
John Cook .... recordist (as J.C. Cook)
A.W. Watkins .... sound director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Krasker .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Roy Douglas .... music arranger (uncredited)
Louis Kentner .... musician: piano double for Anton Walbrook (uncredited)
London Symphony Orchestra .... music performed by (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Phyllis Ross .... continuity (uncredited)
 
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  • Royal Air Force (RAF)  the generous co-operation of, in the making of this picture is gratefully acknowledged (as the Royal Air Force)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dangerous Moonlight" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
94 min | USA:82 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2010) | USA:Approved (PCA #8133)

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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:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Shepperton Babylon (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Liebestraum No. 3 (A Dream of Love)See more »

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32 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Nice Music, Shame About the Film, 14 April 2005
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

An article in a British newspaper recently referred to this film not by its correct title but as "The Warsaw Concerto". (No film of that title has ever been made). This perhaps illustrates how the film's reputation has been eclipsed by that of its famous theme music. Richard Addinsell's music, later elaborated into a real concert piece, is still to be found in the classical repertoire more than sixty years after it was written, but the film has largely been forgotten.

This is not really surprising, as the film itself is not all that good. It is a standard wartime combination of romance and propaganda. Sometimes, as with "Casablanca", this formula could result in a classic film of lasting quality, but "Dangerous Moonlight" is not in the same class. The central character, Stefan Radetzky, is a world-famous Polish pianist and composer, who also holds a commission as a fighter pilot in his country's air force. Following the German invasion of Poland, Radetzky escapes to America where he pursues his career as a concert pianist and also falls in love with, and marries, a beautiful female journalist. Tensions in the marriage arise when Radetzky decides that it is his patriotic duty to travel to Britain and to join the Polish air squadron which has been created to continue the struggle against Nazism. His wife, however, feels that his place is to remain in America with her.

The film's propaganda function was twofold. Its makers aimed not only to keep up morale in Britain by highlighting the contribution to the war effort of our Polish allies, but also to influence public opinion in still-neutral America. The brilliant musician Radetzky stands as a symbol of that European high culture that was in danger from Nazi barbarism. The isolationist position of many Americans is made to look selfish and short-sighted. This position is adopted for a time by Radetzky's American wife Carol, until she comes to understand that her husband's duty is to fight for his country and that hers is to support him in that fight.

Like many propaganda films of the time, this one was obviously made quickly and on a small budget. The acting is not distinguished and the sets, such as the bombed ruins of Warsaw, are clearly artificial. One thing that is, however, surprisingly good is the scenes of aerial combat; I have heard it suggested that genuine footage of dogfights was used. Apart from the music, however, this is not really a memorable film. 6/10 (5/10 for the film, with a bonus point for the music).

A couple of goofs. The hero's surname was obviously chosen for its musical associations, but the normal Polish spelling would be Radecki. Radetzky is a Germanised form; Strauss's famous march was named after an Austrian general. At one point during the dogfight scenes we see a German bomber with its identification letters the wrong way round; these frames had obviously been inverted.

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