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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
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The movie utilized real airborne combat footage. One of the film's posters had a puff-box that read, "The aerial battles in 'A Yank in the R.A.F.' are authentic and were filmed over Germany, France and England with the full cooperation of the British Air Ministry!" See more »
Close shots of Baker in the Spitfire show a canopy more like a Hawker Hurricane canopy rather than a Spitfire. It is distinctly different to the canopies of the Spitfires in the background. See more »
Well, I haven't looked at another girl since you left.
Well, I've looked at other men.
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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Routine wartime romance starring a dashing Tyrone Power and a leggy Betty Gable in their only film together
Tyrone Power stars as a cocky gum-chewing jerk of an American pilot who serves in RAF, while Betty Gable displays those famous legs in showgirl outfits as Tyrone's American ex-girlfriend. Meanwhile, a charismatic John Sutton wins Betty's affections as Tyrone performs bombing raid missions over Germany and pilots a Spitfire during the evacuation of Dunkirk. That's the whole plot in a nutshell.
The film is typical Hollywood propaganda made to convince American audiences to get involved in the Second World War. The Oscar-nominated visual effects of bombing raids and aerial dogfights are very dated and look extremely awkward to modern eyes. The songs sung by Betty and her fellow chorus girls are awful and instantly forgettable.
However, the film picks up interest in a single scene when Tyrone and his two fellow bombing pilots crash-land into Holland and make for the coast as the Germans invade the country that morning. Tyrone gives his usual impeccable performance here and has never looked handsomer in his late twenties. And Reginald Gardiner makes an interesting presence as Tyrone's friend and fellow pilot.
Unless you want to hear Tyrone Power sing "I've Been Working On the Railroad" during a bombing raid and see him perform a few amusing scenes with his arm in a sling, there's very little here to interest Tyrone Power fans. Betty Gable fans should be pleased considering the large amount of screen time she has.
A YANK IN THE RAF is a typical Hollywood wartime romance, but it would have been better and more entertaining if the film's plot mainly consisted of Tyrone and his fellow pilots stranded in Holland and fighting their way back to England as in the action-packed Errol Flynn war adventure, DESPERATE JOURNEY (1942).
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