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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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Drama | Romance | War

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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

After Stefan has climbed into his single-engined plane for the flight to Romania the scene merges into a take-off shot, but the aircraft taking off is twin-engined. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LONDON NOVEMBER 1940 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) 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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War time morale booster is dated now but music survives
17 August 2000 | by Cajun-4See all my reviews

This romantic story of a Polish concert pianist/fighter pilot was never really very good. The dialog is often less than sparkling, the sets tend to look cheap and the few outdoor shots are often just painted backgrounds. There is an impressive shot of Spitfires taking off to do battle but the climatic dog fight is rather poorly choreographed. The script is rather lumbering with a couple of non too subtle nudges at American, Irish neutrality.

Anton Wallbrook as the pianist is his usual suave self, only sometimes he is not too convincing when he is supposed to be playing the piano, also I am sure that no refined European gentleman would have a conversation with a lady (especially one as beautiful as Sally Gray) with a cigarette dangling from his lips. That was probably the director's fault.

What makes this film memorable of course is the music. One of the most famous movie scores in history. Even now "The Warsaw Concerto" is a standard item on pop-classical concerts.

Just a few words about Sally Gray. She was one of the most beautiful and seductive actresses in British movies during the forties who was generally wasted in her roles. Perhaps it was her personal choice but I was surprised that she was never snapped up by Hollywood. I always thought what a great Hitchcock heroine she would have made. Alas, it never happened.


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