Yank in the R.A.F.

Yank in the R.A.F.

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Director: Henry King

Cast: Henry King, Tyrone Power, Betty Grable, John Sutton

     
 

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A Yank in the RAF is brash pilot Tim Baker (Tyrone Power), freshly arrived in London. Hoping to impress his nightclub-singer girlfriend Carol Brown (Betty Grable), Tim joins the Royal Air Force, immediately alienating everyone with his cockiness and "What the Hell?" attitude concerning the war. All this changes when Baker is obliged to fly under combatSee more details below

Overview

A Yank in the RAF is brash pilot Tim Baker (Tyrone Power), freshly arrived in London. Hoping to impress his nightclub-singer girlfriend Carol Brown (Betty Grable), Tim joins the Royal Air Force, immediately alienating everyone with his cockiness and "What the Hell?" attitude concerning the war. All this changes when Baker is obliged to fly under combat conditions, whereupon he shows what he's really made of. One of the most popular of the pre-Pearl Harbor "preparedness" films, A Yank in the RAF comes to an exciting conclusion, with actual newsreel footage of the evacuation of Dunkirk expertly matched with studio mockups. As a bonus, Betty Grable sings such catchy numbers as "Another Little Dream Won't Do Us Any Harm."

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While A Yank in the R.A.F. is a decidedly uneven affair, there's enough positive about it that most viewers will probably rate it as a fairly decent, if very dated, film. Like many other such war-elated films made at the same time, Yank has a propagandistic aspect to it; in this case, it's to help convince the isolationists in America that the U.S. needed to get involved in the war overseas. It plays this angle with little subtlety, but the bigger problem for many modern viewers will be the manner in which Tyrone Power's character pursues Betty Grable's character. His relentless will be considered harassment by many viewing the film today, and it doesn't help matters that Power's character -- despite the actor's considerable charm -- is simply too much of a jerk. But there are factors that balance these flaws, among them the fact that Power and Grable possess such delightful chemistry and that both are in peak physical form. Garble also gets to entertain with a few pointless but engaging musical numbers, and the action sequences are quite gripping and very well done. The special effects work for the time is top notch, and the cinematography is very effective.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
UPC:
0024543039358
Original Release:
1941
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer; Full-frame format (aspect ratio 1.33:1); Audio: English stereo, English mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tyrone Power Tom Baker
Betty Grable Carol Brown
John Sutton Wing Cmdr. Morley
Reginald Gardiner Roger Pillby
Donald Stuart Cpl. Harry Baker
Morton Lowry Squadron Leader
Ralph Byrd Al Bennett
Richard Fraser Thorndyke
Denis Green Flight Lt. Redmond
Gilchrist Stuart Wales
Lester Matthews Group Captain
Frederic Worlock Canadian Major
Ethel Griffies Mrs. Fitzhugh
Fortunio Bonanova Headwaiter at Regency
James Craven Instructor
Stuart Robertson Intelligence Officer
Dennis Hoey Intelligence Officer
Claud Allister Actor
Gladys Cooper Mrs. Pillby
Leslie Denison Group Commander
Bobby Hale Cab Driver
John Hartley Copilot
Forrester Harvey Cubby
G.P. Huntley Radio Operator
Charles Irwin Uniformed Man
Crauford Kent Group Captain
Guy Kingsford Officer
Kurt Kreuger German Pilot
Bruce Lister Flight Lt. Richardson
Eric Lonsdale Radio Man
Alphonse Martell Headwaiter
John Meredith Cadet
Gavin Muir Wing Commander
Gil Perkins Sergeant
Lillian Porter Chorus Girl
Otto Reichow Actor
Lynne Roberts Nurse at Boat
John Rogers Chauffeur
Hans Schumm German Soldier
Hans Von Morhart German Sergeant
John Wilde Graves
Howard Davis Air Raid Warden
Maureen Roden-Ryan Barmaid
Pat O'Hara Navigator

Technical Credits
Henry King Director
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
James Basevi Art Director
Richard Day Art Director
Louis Edelman Producer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Barbara McLean Editor
Ronald Neame Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ralph Rainger Songwriter
Leo Robin Songwriter
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Karl Tunberg Screenwriter
Darrell Ware Screenwriter
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:33]
2. Wrong-Way Baker [4:00]
3. Off to England [2:58]
4. Air Raid Practice [3:59]
5. The Regency House (Hi-Ya, Love!) [1:05]
6. The Perfect Escort [2:43]
7. At the Airfield [3:27]
8. Regulations [3:15]
9. Another Dream Won't Do Us Any Harm [1:52]
10. Waiting for Her Husband [1:08]
11. Vital Statistics [1:36]
12. Tim's New Squadron [2:05]
13. Objective Berlin [4:32]
14. Carol's Visitor [2:22]
15. Running Late [1:20]
16. Where's Carol? [5:09]
17. Morley's Proposal [2:48]
18. Through for Keeps [2:10]
19. An Important Mission [2:34]
20. Pillby's Sacrifice [2:03]
21. Crash-Landing [4:42]
22. Nazis in Holland [4:56]
23. Tim's Suprise [6:02]
24. The Replacements [2:20]
25. Dunkirk [2:36]
26. Waiting for Tim [3:04]
27. The Worm Returns [2:48]
28. End Credits [4:14]

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