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Darrell Ware (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
9 February 1942 (Sweden) See more »
Tyrone Power is a pilots' pilot, but he doesn't believe in anything beyond his own abilities. He gets... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tyrone Power ... Tim Baker

Betty Grable ... 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

Ethel Griffies ... Lady Fitzhugh
Fortunio Bonanova ... Louie - Headwaiter
James Craven ... Instructor
Morton Lowry ... Squadron Leader Macbeth
G.P. Huntley ... Radio Operator
Stuart Robertson ... Intelligence Officer
Dennis Hoey ... Intelligence Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gladys Cooper ... Mrs. Pillby (scenes deleted)
John Rogers ... Chauffeur (scenes deleted)
Harry Allen ... Air Raid Warden (uncredited)
Claud Allister ... Officer-Motorist (uncredited)
Ray Atchley ... German Flyer (uncredited)
Bunny Beatty ... Chorine (uncredited)
Charles Bennett ... Man on Stretcher (uncredited)
Russell Burroughs ... Pilot (uncredited)
John Burton ... Captain (uncredited)
Gerard Cavin ... Foley (uncredited)
Howard Davies ... Air Raid Warden (uncredited)
Richard Davis ... Pilot (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ... Group Captain C.O. (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Diner at Regency House (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Flyer (uncredited)
Eddie Fisher ... Pilot (uncredited)
Mildred Gaye ... Chorine (uncredited)
Frederick Giermann ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Frances Gladwin ... Chorine (uncredited)
John Good ... Reynolds (uncredited)
Douglas Gordon ... Gunner (uncredited)
Harriette Haddon ... Barmaid at Stetton's (uncredited)
Bobbie Hale ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Diner at Regency House (uncredited)
John Hartley ... Co-pilot (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Lilyan Irene ... Stretcher Bearer (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Uniformed man (uncredited)
Edna Mae Jones ... Chorine (uncredited)
Victor Kendall ... Pilot (uncredited)
Crauford Kent ... Group Captain (uncredited)
Guy Kingsford ... Officer (uncredited)
Patricia Knox ... Chorine (uncredited)
Kurt Kreuger ... German Pilot (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Male Nurse (uncredited)
Marten Lamont ... Walker - Spitfire pilot (uncredited)
Eric Lonsdale ... Radio Man (uncredited)
Anthony Marsh ... Officer (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
John Meredith ... Cadet (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Diner at Regency House (uncredited)
Lucille Miller ... Chorine (uncredited)
Gavin Muir ... Wing Commander (uncredited)
Roseanne Murray ... Chorine (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Diner at Regency House (uncredited)

Reginald Owen ... 'Internal Injury' in Air raid drill (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Lillian Porter ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Jean Prescott ... Nurse (uncredited)

Charles Ray ... American business executive (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... German Pilot (uncredited)
Lynne Roberts ... Nurse at Boat (uncredited)
Maureen Roden-Ryan ... Barmaid at Stetton's (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Hans Schumm ... German Officer (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Diner at Regency House (uncredited)
Evan Thomas ... Group Captain (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Hospital Orderly (uncredited)
Valerie Traxler ... Chorine (uncredited)
Leslie Vincent ... Pilot (uncredited)
Hans von Morhart ... German Sergeant (uncredited)
Gordon Wallace ... Pilot (uncredited)
John Wilde ... Flying Officer Graves (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry King 
Writing credits
Darrell Ware (screenplay) and
Karl Tunberg (screenplay)

Darryl F. Zanuck (story) (as Melville Crossman)

Produced by
Louis F. Edelman .... associate producer (as Lou Edelman)
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Barbara McLean 
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Richard Day 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert Mason .... director of flying sequences (as Maj. Herbert Mason)
Robert D. Webb .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Special Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special effects
Louis J. Witte .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Otto Kanturek .... camera operator: flying sequences
Ronald Neame .... camera operator: flying sequences
Jack Whitehead .... camera operator: flying sequences
Jack Parry .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Cyril J. Mockridge .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"A Yank in the RAF" - Australia (video catalogue title), International (English title) (alternative spelling)
"A Yank in the Royal Air Force" - International (English title) (informal title)
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98 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Finland:(Banned) (1942-1946) | UK:U | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #7276)

Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A YANK IN THE R.A.F. (Henry King, 1941) **1/2, 20 November 2008
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

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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