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Director:
Writers:
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Release Date:
9 February 1942 (Sweden) See more »
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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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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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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)
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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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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:
Bill Collins writes in his book "Bill Collins presents The Golden Years of Hollywood", "With the co-operation of the Ministry for Information and a second-unit camera team headed by Ronald Neame . . . to shoot exciting RAF action in England, [Darryl F. Zanuck] livened-up the substance of the script and had a perfect vehicle for two of the [20th Century-Fox] company's top stars, Tyrone Power and Betty Grable. The box-office success of the movie was ensured by the stars . . ."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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Blue, White and Perfect (1942)See more »
Soundtrack:
Hi-Ya, LoveSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
How the U.S. helped fight the Nazis before Pearl Harbor? Sort of! A warm pre-war war film, 14 June 2012
Author: secondtake from United States

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

This is pretty thin going stuff, and yet it's fun and warm-hearted and tinged with the drama of the times.

Context is everything here. 1941. The war is raging in Europe and Britain is being bombed by the Germans and they are trying to build up their forces to resist what seems to be an unstoppable foe. The U.S. is not yet in the war (that would happen in six months, but the movie makers couldn't know that for sure). All the U.S. is doing is supplying their future allies, Canada and Great Britain.

But in the air here at home (I write this from New York) was a sense of inevitability--we would eventually be drawn in to fight. This movie is part of the gearing up for that fact.

The lead is an American paradigm, Tyrone Power playing a cocky, charming, good-natured, and well-meaning young man who happens to be a pilot. What happens to him is what was happening to the country as a whole. And it boils down to this: he starts with innocence and selfishness and gets involved in stages, helping sell planes, helping fly planes, then actually doing battle runs over enemy territory.

That gives nothing away--it's the title of the movie.

What pulls him along? First just making some money. But then he meets an old flame played by Betty Grable (the number one pin-up girl for U.S. soldiers once they get involved) and Grable represents the U.S., too, because she's already in Britain helping the cause. Love ensues, but the problem is a handsome British soldier who begins to steal Grable's heart. A love triangle.

And because this is practically al propaganda film (not officially of course) you know that it will leave the audience (us) with the proper message of about doing the right thing and supporting the cause against the Nazi regime. There is even the shocking if not surprising current event built into the movie of the Germans vowing not to invade certain lowland countries and then, of course, invading them anyway.

Is this a great movie? Not by any means. But it's very well paced and the characters are warm and well-drawn, at least for such a "tale" as this. I wouldn't watch it a second time, but I'm glad I did this first one. And if you are the least bit interested in how Hollywood primed America for the war this slight film (along with "Casablanca" and many other movies) is a must-see.

And for those who care, the airplane scenes were done with the really R.A.F. (and a different film crew than the rest of it). The director (except for those scenes) is Henry King, who got his pilot's license in 1918, and who lived so long that in his last years he was the oldest active pilot in the U.S. I'm sure he gave some authenticity to the film at least in spirit.

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