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A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 9 February 1942 (Sweden)
Tyrone Power is a pilots' pilot, but he doesn't believe in anything beyond his own abilities. He gets into trouble by flying a new fighter directly to Canada instead of to New York and ... See full summary »

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Roger Pillby
Donald Stuart ...
Cpl. Harry Baker
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Al Bennett
Richard Fraser ...
Thorndyke
Denis Green ...
Flight Lt. Redmond
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Flight Lt. Sterling Richardson
Gilchrist Stuart ...
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Canadian Major
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Lady Fitzhugh
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Louie - Headwaiter
James Craven ...
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Tyrone Power is a pilots' pilot, but he doesn't believe in anything beyond his own abilities. He gets into trouble by flying a new fighter directly to Canada instead of to New York and letting it be towed across as the law demands, but is offered a new job ferrying bombers to war torn England. While on a layover he finds Betty Grable, an old flame, has joined the RAF as a WREN in her attempt to fight for democracy. Power joins up to impress her and in the course of his several missions begins to develope an understanding of what they are fighting for. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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ROLLICKING ROMANCE! GLORIOUS ADVENTURE! (original ad - all caps)


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November and December 1940 entertainment news reports stated that Don Ameche, Mary Beth Hughes and Henry Fonda were originally slated to star. See more »

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When Baker gets into his Spitfire it carries the squadron code 'LO', but the shots of the Spitfires taking off show them with the code 'SH' (used by 64 Squadron) and shots in the air show the code has returned to 'LO'. See more »

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Tim Baker: Well, I haven't looked at another girl since you left.
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Tim Baker: Maybe, but I'll bet you didn't look at them the same way you looked at me that first night in Kansas City. Remember?... You were going east, and I was going west; then we saw each other, and I was going east!
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Referenced in A Fine Romance: A Yank and the RAF (1989) See more »

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I've Been Working on the Railroad
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Sung by Baker as they drop fliers on Berlin
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A YANK IN THE R.A.F. (Henry King, 1941) **1/2
20 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

This watchable flagwaver (made prior to the Pearl Harbor attacks) – actually the first of seven films I'll be watching to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Tyrone Power's death – has a cocky American mail flyer itching for action and joining the R.A.F. in England; though his first mission consists in merely spreading anti-Nazi leaflets across Berlin skies, he then hits upon the idea of throwing out the packages outright in order to smash the German searchlights underneath!

While stationed in London, he conveniently runs into dancer-cum-nurse Betty Grable (amusingly drawing her attention by affecting a Cockney accent – conveniently filmed from behind, so that the actor could be dubbed! – soon after his arrival) and, despite the girl's 'reluctance', rekindles their affair from back home. Of course, during the course of the film, she also contrives to perform a couple of brief musical numbers and show off her famous legs a lot. Equally predictable, though, is the romantic complication wherein Power's British superior (John Sutton) also falls for the heroine, going so far as to propose to her – while amiably pompous/cynical sidekick Reginald Gardiner provides the comedy relief (just as obligatory in films of this era).

Even if the film is nowadays rightly criticized for the unrealistic depiction of war-torn England, the film succeeds well enough at what it set out to do – entertain (via action, drama and laughs), but also instill in home-grown audiences a sense of duty for the war effort in Europe. During aerial sequences, shots of the actors in the studio are skillfully blended via special effects with stock footage of actual battles; still, having Power bloodily shot down at Dunkirk and then making a mockery of his so-called war wounds simply to dupe Grable into submission is a bit much! Director King helmed several of the best vehicles tailored for Fox's reigning male star of the era but, being essentially lightweight, this isn't one of them – if still emerging to be "not essential but very enjoyable" (to quote a line spoken by John Sutton in the film in respect to his invitation to walk Grable home) and that's mainly due to the undeniable Power-Grable chemistry displayed via their comic/romantic banter throughout the film.


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