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Dangerous Moonlight

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Dangerous Moonlight
Theatrical Release Poster (Suicide Squadron)
Directed byBrian Desmond Hurst
Written byTerence Young (original story and screenplay)
Rodney Ackland and
Brian Desmond Hurst (contributing writers, uncredited)
Produced byWilliam Sistrom
StarringAnton Walbrook
Sally Gray
John Laurie
Guy Middleton
Cecil Parker
Alan Keith
Derrick De Marney
CinematographyGeorges Périnal
Edited byAlan Jaggs
Music byRichard Addinsell
Distributed byRKO Radio British Productions
Release date
  • 26 June 1941 (1941-06-26) (UK)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Dangerous Moonlight (U.S. title: Suicide Squadron) is a 1941 British film directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and starring Anton Walbrook. The film is perhaps best known for its score written by Richard Addinsell and orchestrated by Roy Douglas that includes the Warsaw Concerto. The gowns in the film were designed by Cecil Beaton.[1]

Brian Hurst, director of Dangerous Moonlight, in 1976 (portrait by Allan Warren)

Dangerous Moonlight's love-story plot, told mainly in flashbacks, involves the fictional composer of the Warsaw Concerto, a piano virtuoso and shellshocked combat pilot, who meets an American war correspondent in Warsaw and later returns from the United States to join the RAF in England in the war against the Germans, who have occupied Poland.[2]

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During the German invasion of Poland, Polish airman and piano virtuoso Stefan Radecki meets American reporter Carole Peters. He volunteers to fly a suicide mission but is not selected. Radecki is among the last to escape Warsaw and months later, in New York, he and Carole reunite and marry.

In England, Radecki performs a public concert and reveals that he has returned to fight, volunteering to fly as a pilot in a Polish squadron, although Carole fears that he will be killed. His final mission ends in self-sacrifice when he crashes into a German aircraft. He is badly injured in the crash and suffers from amnesia.

Later, Radecki is in a London hospital recovering from his injuries. He begins to remember his past, recalling composing the Warsaw Concerto and first meeting his wife. Sitting at the piano, Radecki sees Carole and says, "Carole, it's not safe to go out with you when the moon is so bright," repeating the first words that he had ever spoken to her.



Dangerous Moonlight was produced by the British unit of RKO, which financed it.[2]

Although Anton Walbrook was an accomplished amateur pianist, the soundtrack music was played by professional pianist Louis Kentner, who was initially uncredited. Kentner believed that playing film music would not help his career, but he changed his mind upon seeing the film's success.[3]

Aerial scenes were filmed in actual combat and feature the No 74 Squadron (Squadron lettering "ZP")[4][circular reference][5][circular reference] Supermarine Spitfire fighters that flew in the Battle of Britain.[6]

Walbrook was not pleased with his performance and considered the film his least favourite.[7]


Released as Dangerous Moonlight and distributed by RKO Radio British, the film was a box-office success in the UK, although contemporary reviews were generally unfavourable.[2]

When released in the United States, the film was renamed Suicide Squadron in a shortened 83-minute version that was distributed by Republic Pictures under lease. The New York Times review described the film as principally "a sentimental fable in which the excellent Anton Walbrook, so eloquent as the Hutterite leader in The Invaders, and Sally Gray make a listless and anemic pair of lovers. Derrick De Marney does much better by the roguish character of an Irish daredevil. None of them has lifted the film above the level of a hackneyed fiction."[8] Variety noted that the sound quality was noticeably poor, especially in early scenes, although the aerial sequences, however, were particularly effective.[9]

Among modern appraisals, Leonard Maltin has commented that Dangerous Moonlight is an "intelligently presented account of concert pianist who becomes a member of a British fighter squadron during WW2; musical interludes (including Richard Addinsell's well-known Warsaw Concerto) well handled. Look for Michael Rennie in a small role."[10] A 2016 book about Hurst's films dedicates a section to Dangerous Moonlight.[N 1]

The Warsaw Concerto, composed by Richard Addinsell, became one of the most popular classical pieces of the period,[9]



  1. ^ Theirs is the Glory: Arnhem, Hurst and Conflict on Film takes Hurst's Battle of Arnhem epic as its centrepiece and then chronicles Hurst's life and experiences during the First World War and profiles each of his other nine films on conflict, including Dangerous Moonlight.[11]


  1. ^ Farmer 1984, p. 330.
  2. ^ a b c Jahiel, Edwin. "Dangerous Moonlight (UK, 1941)." Movie Reviews by Edwin Jahiel. Retrieved: 7 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Dangerous Moonlight". BBC website. Retrieved: 7 May 2012.
  4. ^ List of RAF squadron codes
  5. ^ No. 74 Squadron RAF
  6. ^ "Notes: Suicide Squadron." Turner Classic Movies, 2019. Retrieved: 7 May 2012.
  7. ^ Cross, Brenda. "Interview with Anton Walbrook." The Picturegoer, 14 February 1948. Retrieved: 7 May 2012.
  8. ^ Strauss, Theodore (T.S.). "Movie Review: 'Dangerous Moonlight' (1941), At Loew's Criterion." The New York Times, 14 May 1942. Retrieved: 7 May 2012.
  9. ^ a b Parish 1990, p. 388.
  10. ^ "Leonard Maltin Movie Review." Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved; 7 May 2012.
  11. ^ Truesdale and Smith 2016


  • Evans, Alun. Brassey's Guide to War Films. Dulles, Virginia: Potomac Books, 2000. ISBN 1-57488-263-5.
  • Farmer, James H. Broken Wings: Hollywood's Air Crashes. Missoula, Montana: Pictorial Histories Pub Co., 1984. ISBN 978-0-933126-46-6.
  • Parish, James Robert. The Great Combat Pictures: Twentieth-Century Warfare on the Screen. Metuchen, New Jersey: The Scarecrow Press, 1990. ISBN 978-0-8108-2315-0.
  • Truesdale, David and Allan Esler Smith. Theirs is the Glory: Arnhem, Hurst and Conflict on Film. Warwick, Warwickshire, UK: Helion & Company, 2016. ISBN 978-1-911096-63-4.

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