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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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Wing Commander Morley
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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 ...
Wales
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Group Captain
Frederick Worlock ...
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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The Eagle Flies Again  »

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1.37 : 1
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This film's opening prologue states: "The Producers wish to express their appreciation to the officers and personnel of the Royal Air Force whose cooperation, under difficult conditions, made possible the filming of the aerial scenes in this production." See more »

Goofs

The following items are 'goofs', but may have been made deliberately by the filmmakers in the interests of war-time security: The real 61 Squadron flew Hampden bombers, not Lockheed Hudsons. Hudson bombers were not used in bombing missions over Berlin, with the main role for these bombers being in Coastal Command in Europe. The real 32 Squadron, which Baker flies with in the Dunkirk scenes, flew Hawker Hurricanes and not Spitfires. When Baker gets in the Spitfire, it carries the squadron code 'LO' which was the code of the 602 Squadron and not the 32 Squadron he is supposed to be flying with (it used KT and GZ). 602 Squadron aircraft were used for shooting the film at Prestwick 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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Another Little Dream Won't Do Us Any Harm
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Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Betty Grable and chorus
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Routine wartime romance starring a dashing Tyrone Power and a leggy Betty Gable in their only film together…
18 December 2006 | by (Petersburg, Vasaria) – See all my reviews

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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