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Director:
Writers:
Darrell Ware (screenplay) and
Karl Tunberg (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
9 February 1942 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
ROLLICKING ROMANCE! GLORIOUS ADVENTURE! (original ad - all caps)
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Ty Power is one of Betty Grable's foolish things See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (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)
Bobby 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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Runtime:
98 min
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Language:
Color:
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Finland:(Banned) (1942-1946) | USA:Approved (certificate #7276)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: Both night raids, Berlin and Dortmund, use footage of the same city by night.See more »
Quotes:
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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Soundtrack:
Hi-Ya, LoveSee more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Ty Power is one of Betty Grable's foolish things, 5 November 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In the only time that Darryl F. Zanuck teamed his two leading adult stars in the forties, Tyrone Power and Betty Grable co-star in A Yank in the RAF. I think the title explains all in terms of the location.

Power plays one of his patented hero/heel types, a lot like Dion O'Leary in In Old Chicago. If you'll remember Alice Faye was being courted by the two O'Leary brothers, sober and industrious Don Ameche and devil may care Tyrone Power.

Now it's Betty as an entertainer over in the United Kingdom to entertain and otherwise help out in the war effort. She meets Ty who is also over there as an American volunteer in the RAF. Ty's someone who really isn't that crazy about military and other kinds of discipline, but he's one charming rogue and Betty can't get her fill of him.

Taking the Ameche part is very British and very stiff upper lip John Sutton. He's totally flipping out over Grable and who could blame him. Still it's Tyrone who powers the Grable engine.

John Sutton would co-star again with Ty Power after World War II in a vastly different part in Captain from Castile. He plays the cowardly and malevolent Diego DeSylva and that particular part from him might have been his career role. In my book it's one of the most evil villains the screen has ever had.

Reginald Gardiner and a whole flock of other British actors from Hollywood's British colony lend support. The RAF flying sequences were shot over in the war theater and were nominated for Best Special Effects.

Betty sings some forgettable tunes as an entertainer by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger. But heard throughout the film is the standard These Foolish Things. That song, as popular in Great Britain where it originated as in the United States, is one of the best ballads ever written. Why Zanuck didn't have Betty sing it is a mystery.

It's by no means clear who Betty winds up with in the end. I could make a case for either Power or Sutton. You'll have to see the film and make your own mind up. One thing for sure is that Ty is far from reforming. You'll have to see the film to see what I'm talking about there.

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