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A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Carol Brown
John Sutton ...
Wing Commander Morley
Reginald Gardiner ...
Roger Pillby
Donald Stuart ...
Cpl. Harry Baker
Ralph Byrd ...
Al Bennett
Richard Fraser ...
Thorndyke
Denis Green ...
Flight Lt. Redmond
Bruce Lester ...
Flight Lt. Sterling Richardson
Gilchrist Stuart ...
Wales
Lester Matthews ...
Group Captain
Frederick Worlock ...
Canadian Major
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Lady Fitzhugh
Fortunio Bonanova ...
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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9 February 1942 (Sweden)  »

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The Eagle Flies Again  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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According to the book "Bill Collins Presents The Golden Years of Hollywood' by Bill Collins, "Some filming was done in America. The RAF Harvard trainer and the Hudson bomber were made in the United States for British contracts, so it was possible to get some fine footage at Lockheed's Burbank facility. As there were not Mk.1A Spitfires or German BF-109Es in America, Twentieth Century-Fox had one of each constructed at the studio in Los Angeles. In England, Ronald Neame and his team worked at the RAF's No. 602 Squadron ("City of Glasgow") to capture authentic shots of take-offs, aerial formations and so forth . . . the marvelous five-minute sequence at Dunkirk was actually achieved on the California coast at a cost of $100,000." 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.
Carol Brown: Well, I've looked at other men.
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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Hi-Ya, Love
(uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Betty Grable and chorus
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Power at his most charming.
23 June 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

Tyrone Power is so charismatic in this film that the rest of it hardly matters. His astonishing good looks and easy charm really make this film. But there is also good direction, a witty script, great Oscar-winning special effects and fine cinematography.

Betty Grable has never done much for me, but she's pleasant enough in this. But the aerial work, done mostly with models, is exceptionally strong particularly in a spectacular and believable recreation of the evacuation at Dunkirk. This is a war propaganda film, designed to encourage the USA to join the war in Europe - but it is not cloyingly over patriotic. And there are some very original moments - look at the scene where Power wakes up and doesn't know where he is. The camera stays in extreme close-up on his face for a long time, so we don't know where he is either. We see him go through fear and bewilderment as we hear strange sounds. Finally his face relaxes and the camera pulls back to reveal...well I don't want to spoil it for you, but this is a very strong directorial decision. Henry King is to be praised.

You'll enjoy this film.


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