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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 ...
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 ...
Instructor
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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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According to "The Films of World War II" by Joe Morella, Edward Z. Epstein and John Griggs, this movie was a pet project of 20th Century-Fox studio head Darryl F. Zanuck. Zanuck recruited big star power to guarantee success at the box-office with Tyrone Power and Betty Grable, who was a famous pin-up girl at the time. The US was neutral when this film was produced, and Zanuck supported American entry into the war to support the allies. See more »

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Both night raids, Berlin and Dortmund, use footage of the same city by night. 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 Myra Breckinridge (1970) See more »

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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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Typical 1940s War Film
6 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

On the one hand we have Tyrone Power and Betty Grable, and they make a great couple.

On the other hand we have the typical 1940s disregard for anything remotely resembling accuracy about airplanes and the military. As an example, an early scene involves a leaflet drop over Berlin from Lockheed Hudson coastal patrol bombers, which sported four (or five) .30 cal machine guns - two fixed firing forward, two in a dorsal turret, and (MK II on) one firing down and aft.

The Luftwaffe would have had the airliner-derived patrol bombers for lunch, as they were pretty much defenseless from below except from behind.


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