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Author: Anton WalbrookSally GrayDerrick De MarneyCecil ParkerPercy ParsonsAll authors
Publisher: United States : [Republic Pictures Corp., 1941]
Edition/Format:   Film : Film   Visual material : English
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"In 1940, renowned Polish pianist Stefan Radetsky tinkers at a piano in a London hospital, his memory gone. As the doctors discuss how to cure Stefan, he begins to play his famous composition The Warsaw concerto. The piece jogs Stefan's memory, and he remembers a period, two years earlier, in war-torn Warsaw, when he was composing the then-unfinished concerto: Drawn by the sound of music, American war correspondent  Read more...
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Genre/Form: British films
Aerial combat films and programs
Features
Drama
Material Type: Film
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Anton Walbrook; Sally Gray; Derrick De Marney; Cecil Parker; Percy Parsons; Guy Middleton; John Laurie; Frederick Valk; O B Clarence; Philip Friend; Michael Rennie; Charles Farrell; John Bryan; Paul Sheriff; Richard Addinsell; Muir Mathieson; Georges Périnal; Alan Jaggs; Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton, Sir; A W Watkins; J C Cook; William Sistrom; Brian Desmond Hurst; Terence Young; Frédéric Chopin; RKO Radio Pictures, inc.; Republic Pictures Corporation.
OCLC Number: 423380629
Notes: Cataloged from copy lacking all credits; title supplied from part title frame at head of r3.
Bracketed credits supplied from: Film daily yearbook, 1943; AFI catalog, 1941-1950. Produced by RKO Radio British Productions, Ltd., with director, Brian Desmond Hurst, producer, William Sistrom, and with original story and screenplay by Shaun Terence Young, according to: AFI catalog, 1941-1950. Cast member James Perry's name is given as James Pirrie and James Perrie in: Internet movie database, as viewed on June 1, 2007.
Opened in London in 1941 and in the United States in 1942. According to the Hollywood reporter review, although this picture was a British RKO production, RKO leased it to Republic Pictures for release in the United States. The film was distributed by RKO in England under the title Dangerous moonlight.
Although the British version ran 98 minutes, the film was cut to 82 minutes for American release, according to: AFI catalog, 1941-1950.
Credits: [Art directors, John Bryan, Paul Sheriff; music, Richard Addinsell; musical director, Muir Mathieson; cameraman, Georges Perinal; film editor, Alan Jaggs; gowns designed by Cecil Beaton; sound director, A.W. Watkins; recording by J.C. Cook; production manager, Phil Brandon. Music: Polonaise in A Flat, opus 53, by Frédéric Chopin; The Warsaw concerto, by Richard Addinsell].
Performer(s): [The players: Anton Walbrook [(Stefan Radetzky)], Sally Gray [(Carole Peters)], Derrick De Marney [(Mike Carroll)], Cecil Parker [(specialist)], Percy Parsons [(Bill Peters)], Kenneth Kent [(De Guise)], J.H. Roberts [(physician)], Guy Middleton [(Shorty)], John Laurie [(British commander)], Frederick Valk [(Polish commander)], O.B. Clarence, James Perry. And Marion Spencer, Lesley Gordon, Philip Friend, Tommy Duggan, Bob Beatty, Conway Palmer, Gordon Glennon, Cynthia Heppner, Alan Keith, Michael Rennie, Charles Farrell, Kay Lewis, Kent Stevenson, William Taylor].
Other Titles: Suicide squadron.

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"In 1940, renowned Polish pianist Stefan Radetsky tinkers at a piano in a London hospital, his memory gone. As the doctors discuss how to cure Stefan, he begins to play his famous composition The Warsaw concerto. The piece jogs Stefan's memory, and he remembers a period, two years earlier, in war-torn Warsaw, when he was composing the then-unfinished concerto: Drawn by the sound of music, American war correspondent Carole Peters picks her way across the rubble-strewn streets to Stefan's apartment. When Carole chides him for playing the piano instead of defending his country, Stefan replies that he is a fighter pilot, but his squadron has been decimated and the Polish planes lack fuel to fly. Later, as Poland totters on the brink of surrender to Germany, Stefan's company plans a final suicide mission over Germany. Deciding that Stefan's musical gifts must not be squandered on the atrocities of war, his commanding officer instructs American pilot Mike Carroll to fix a draw of the cards to insure that Stefan is one of three men chosen to fly to safety in Romania. As Stefan flies one last time over Warsaw, he vows to return one day. Six months later, Stefan and Mike are in New York on a charity concert tour. Carole comes to the concert to interview Stefan, but he fails to recognize her at first. Later, remembering their night in Warsaw, he invites her to dinner. That evening, Stefan speaks of his dream of defending his country, and Carole protests that he must not endanger his talent by putting himself in the path of war. That same night, Stefan proposes to Carole and they are wed. After telling her father about her marriage, Carole drives with the Stefan to the family's country house. The next morning, Carole is awakened by a phone call from Mike, who has tracked them down to notify Stefan that it is imperative he return to the city the following day because his concert date has been moved up. Mike also asks Carole to tell Stefan that he has enlisted in the Polish Squadron of the Royal Air Force, but Carole, fearful that Stefan will be encouraged to enlist, withholds the information from him. That night, Stefan plays his unfinished concerto for Carole and tells her that he will never be able to play the piece without thinking about her because it represents their story. Upon returning to New York, Carole begs Mike to keep his plans secret from Stefan, and he consents. One month later, as the concert tour traverses the United States, word comes of Germany's invasion of Belgium. Recalling the devastation of Warsaw, Stefan resolves to return to England and rejoin the war. Upon learning that Carole has kept Mike's enlistment secret, Stefan feels betrayed, but Carole convinces him that his responsibility is to preserve his talent. Stefan returns to New York just as the Germans invade Paris, and becomes conflicted about where his duties lie. He consults Carole's father, who encourages him to rejoin the war in Europe, but when he informs Carole of his decision, she spitefully tells him about the fixed draw that guaranteed his safety in Romania. Her tactic backfires, however, as Stefan's resolve is strengthened. For his farewell concert, Stefan plays the now completed concerto. Fleeing the concert in tears, Carole decides to reconcile with Stefan, but she is too late, for he has already left for Europe. Stefan rejoins Mike in the ranks of the Air Corps, where Mike's attempts to reconcile him with Carole cause the two friends to argue. When Mike fails to return from a mission, Stefan goes to his quarters to sort out his possessions and finds a letter from Carole, telling of her remorse and plans to sail to Europe. While flying another mission, Stefan runs out of ammunition and rams his plane into a German fighter. His thoughts returning to the present, Stefan continues playing his concerto, and when he looks up from the piano, he sees Carole. He speaks her name and they embrace. ... The aerial fight scenes were filmed during actual combat, according to modern sources"--AFI catalog, 1941-1950.

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