A Yank in the RAF
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Americans in the plight of our British cousins at
the beginning of World War II. It is entertainment,
but with air combat footage that adds to its reality.
Betty Grable and Tyrone Power are attractive and
engaging. Now that we are once again sadly engaged
in war, it is of special interest to have the chance
to look at ourselves sixty years ago and reflect upon
the similarities and the differences. Betty Grable
was a symbol of American womanhood back then...she was
more than a pin up...she was a working woman and a very
popular entertainer. Certainly she is another reason
this film is well worth watching.
In 1940 a cocky, arrogant and rather immature American pilot Tim Baker (Tyrone Power) accepts to ferry Lockheed Hudson bombers to Britain, for the very generous fee of $1,000 per flight. In London, he meets his former British girlfriend Carol Brown (Betty Grable), who works in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force by day and stars in a nightclub by night. He tries to rekindle the relation, but she rebukes him strongly, as he treated her badly in the past. Treating all this as a challenge and a game, Baker decides to reconquer Carol, no matter what... And then the film really begins.
As stated in the title, this is more a war-time romantic comedy than a war film, even if there is some fighting. The real topic of the film is not really war time adventures of Tim Baker but his attempts to get his girl back. It is an uphill battle, because he is kind of an @hole and Carol, who knows this side of him perfectly well, already found a more suitable replacement. But on another hand Tim is a dashing, attractive, dangerously charming @hole - and Carol still has feelings for him. This dance of seduction, attraction and repulsion is very nicely shown and gives the occasion for many excellent dialogs. There is also a lot of polite but nevertheless frequently very corrosive humour.
The only film with Betty Grable I saw before that one was "How to marry a millionnaire", in which she was of course very charming but also somehow outstaged by Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dear, dear, movie. Hadn't seen it for years, and really enjoyed it.Published 1 month ago by Donna C.
It was okay. Tyrone still looked great at this point in his life, before he served in the military. He aged a lot while he was gone.Published 8 months ago by glenn hunter
I really liked this move. Would watch again. Clean, funny, romantic.Published 9 months ago by Amy O'Dell
I have been getting most of the movies related to the Battle of Britain. This is one of the weaker ones but I still enjoyed it.Published 12 months ago by moviegeek
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