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A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)

An American pilot impulsively joins Her Majesty's Royal Air Force in Britain in an attempt to impress his ex-girlfriend.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Darrell Ware (screenplay), Karl Tunberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyrone Power ... Tim Baker
Betty Grable ... Carol Brown
John Sutton ... Wing Commander Morley
Reginald Gardiner ... Roger Pillby
Donald Stuart Donald Stuart ... Cpl. Harry Baker
Ralph Byrd ... Al Bennett
Richard Fraser ... Thorndyke
Denis Green Denis Green ... Flight Lt. Redmond
Bruce Lester ... Flight Lt. Sterling Richardson
Gilchrist Stuart Gilchrist Stuart ... Wales
Lester Matthews ... Group Captain
Frederick Worlock ... Canadian Major
Ethel Griffies ... Lady Fitzhugh
Fortunio Bonanova ... Louie - Headwaiter
James Craven James Craven ... Instructor
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

ROLLICKING ROMANCE! GLORIOUS ADVENTURE! (original ad - all caps)


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1942 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Eagle Flies Again See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

All cast and crew attending location filming at the Lockheed Air Terminal in Burbank, California, had to show identification in the form of proof of American citizenship in order to gain access to the movie set. See more »

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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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Soundtracks

These Foolish Things
(uncredited)
Music by Jack Strachey and Harry Link
Played often in the score
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Betty Grable in surprisingly good wartime romantic drama...
14 October 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

You know from the beginning that TYRONE POWER had better shape up as more than a playboy if he wants to win BETTY GRABLE's love in this entertaining wartime romance from Fox. Betty acquits herself very well in all the dramatic moments and looks as fresh as a daisy. Tyrone is at his handsomest and has some stiff competition in the "other man" department from JOHN SUTTON, who finally had a more substantial romantic role than usual.

What with the romance between Grable and Power being shaky at best, you just know he's gonna have to reform himself with some wartime heroics as an R.A. F. flier before there can be a final clinch between the two.

Crisply written with some good, natural dialog, beautifully filmed in glorious B&W, it's a well crafted film that deserves more attention from Betty's fans in particular. There's some nice chemistry going on between the three mentioned stars and it's certainly a worthwhile film to watch for fans of nostalgia. REGINALD GARDINER does a nice supporting role job as Power's debonair best friend.


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