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A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 9 February 1942 (Sweden)
An American pilot impulsively joins His 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1942 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Eagle Flies Again See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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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

According to the book "Bill Collins Presents The Golden Years of Hollywood' by Bill Collins, "Some filming was done in America. The RAF Harvard trainer and the Hudson bomber were made in the United States for British contracts, so it was possible to get some fine footage at Lockheed's Burbank facility. As there were not Mk.1A Spitfires or German BF-109Es in America, Twentieth Century-Fox had one of each constructed at the studio in Los Angeles. In England, Ronald Neame and his team worked at the RAF's No. 602 Squadron ("City of Glasgow") to capture authentic shots of take-offs, aerial formations and so forth . . . the marvelous five-minute sequence at Dunkirk was actually achieved on the California coast at a cost of $100,000." See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Connections

Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain When She Comes
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played after Baker lands the plane in Canada
Played often in the score
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Typical 1940s War Film
6 January 2012 | by ejewett1See 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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