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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.

Writers:

Terence Young (original story), Terence Young (screenplay)
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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 Percy Parsons ... Bill Peters
Kenneth Kent Kenneth Kent ... Andre De Guise (as Keneth Kent)
J.H. Roberts ... Residing Physician
Guy Middleton ... Shorty
John Laurie ... British Commander
Frederick Valk Frederick Valk ... Polish Bomber Commander
O.B. Clarence ... Waiter with Tray of Wine
James Pirrie James Pirrie ... (as James Perrie)
Marian Spencer Marian Spencer ... Miss Gratton (as Marion Spencer)
Leslie Gordon Leslie 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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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Suicide Squadron See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played on piano by Anton Walbrook (dubbed by Louis Kentner) at the honeymoon cabin
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Play It Again, Stefan
2 October 2017 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

It was inevitable that the piece of music Richard Addinsell composed for this film would become more popular than the movie itself, when it is heard over and over again in the 94 minutes original version or in the 82 minutes reduction made in the United States. Even at this shorter version, the movie seems overlong, because it takes too much screen time to tell a very simplistic patriotic tale. There is not enough passion transmitted by the Polish pianist and his American bride to carry on the movie, and on top of that, too much screen time is given to Derrick De Marney as an Irish suitor, who is supposed to be fiery and passionate but seems rather lame. Poor Sally Gray (25 years old) is trapped in the middle of Anton Walbrook who was 45 and De Marney, 35. The film is interesting up to the leading characters' wedding but after that, it becomes more routine than the previous first part. When Brian Desmond Hurt films the climatic concert as static and dull as he could manage, then you know there is not much to do, but wait for one air battle of the kind you have seen dozens of times. Only Addinsell was truly inspired when he worked in this production, so he deserves all the success of his «Warsaw Concerto».


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