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Suicide Squadron (1941)

Dangerous Moonlight (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 20 April 1942 (USA)
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:
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Stefan 'Steve' Radetzky
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Carol Peters Radetzky
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Mike Carroll
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Specialist
Percy Parsons ...
Bill Peters
Kenneth Kent ...
Andre De Guise (as Keneth Kent)
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Residing Physician
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Shorty
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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
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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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(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 »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LONDON NOVEMBER 1940 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dad's Army: Is There Honey Still for Tea? (1975) 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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Some of the best music to come out of England!
28 March 2000 | by 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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