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Tyrone Power pursues Betty Grable and becomes A YANK IN THE R.A.F., in this romantic drama set in the early days of WWII. For smooth-talking daredevil pilot Tim Baker (Power), flying is a game and the war is simply an opportunity to make some quick money. When a high-paying job ferrying bombers across the Atlantic lands him in London, he runs into Carol (Grable), an old flame, and joins the R.A.F. just to be near her. But problems arise when Carol is pursued by another pilot (John Sutton), who treats her better and happens to be Baker's superior officer! When both men start flying bombing missions over Europe, Carol finds that choosing between them is suprisingly hard, and Baker learns that not everyone takes life as lightly as he does.

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Tyrone Power is the quintessential American abroad, a brash, smart-talking flyboy with a roving eye and a mercenary heart--in other words, a part made for him. "I know, I'm a worm," he smiles as he plants a kiss on Betty Grable, the American showgirl who can't seem to stay mad at the charming cad who enlists in the RAF just to impress her. The marvelous special-effects model work delivers two excellent airborne sequences (a harrowing bombing run over Germany and a swarming dogfight over the evacuation of Dunkirk), but as military melodrama it's ultimately pure Hollywood fluff and only halfhearted propaganda. A Yank in the RAF is less about the war in Europe than about Power's rakish grin and future GI pin-up Grable's oft-displayed legs, and they display their charms for all they're worth. --Sean Axmaker

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  • Actors: Tyrone Power, Betty Grable, John Sutton, Reginald Gardiner, Donald Stuart
  • Directors: Henry King
  • Writers: Darryl F. Zanuck, Darrell Ware, Karl Tunberg
  • Producers: Darryl F. Zanuck, Louis F. Edelman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063URW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,400 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Tom McGee on August 18, 1999
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Playboy flier Tyrone Power enlists in RAF at the start of WW2. In London he literally bumps into his ex-girlfriend, dancer Betty Grable, and tries to rekindle their romance, in this exciting wartime adventure written by studio chief Darryl Zanuck (under the name of Melville Crossman). Hollywood's first WW2 film is a very authentic account of the early days of Britain at war. Good use of actual aerial battle-scene footage. And Grable adds a touch of much-needed sex appeal in her scenes with Power. In the original story Power's character was killed in battle, but when the British War Office heard of this, they pleaded with Zanuck to change the ending as it would have a bad effect on the morale of UK citizens! Zanuck conceded, and Power wins Grable in the end. Oh well, that's Hollywood.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Richard Dodge on April 26, 2002
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...this 1941 film did a lot in its day to interest
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JOHN GODFREY on January 7, 2012
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The action takes place before the U.S. entry into the war. Tyrone Power, Tim is a crack American pilot flying bombers to England for profit. While in London he discovers his old flame from the states Carol (Betty Grable). She a dancer & volunteers for the war effort. Tim commences to take up with her & is rebuffed. To impress her he joins the RAF (Royal Air Force). This time he has competition from his commanding officer & fellow pilot. John is a veddy proper, rich English gentleman & loves Carol intensely at first sight. She likes him but loves Tim. Tim in turn loves her but he is "a worm". So you have the classic loves triangle. The war intervenes from time to time. with some really good authentic & created dogfight scenes. They both return from saving 350,000 men at Dunkirk. Both have proposed marriage to Carol before they left. The movie has a feel good ending from the original when one of the men conveniently died. That doesn't happen. Not good for morale. Speaking of which...the biggest star is of course, Betty's fantastic legs, shown early & often. This must have been the movie that launched her as America's Sweetheart. The pin-up that reminded all men of what they were fighting for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Little Dot in West Texas on July 24, 2011
Format: DVD
If you're a fan of Betty Grable like most of the people writting reviews on this movie, then you should just buy it! I did and I liked this movie. Betty Grable was the best! If you have any doubts about it, I suggest you check it out on youtube or some other website first. Mostly though, if you're browsing through Betty Grable's dvd's, chances are you're going to buy this movie :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meg on July 1, 2013
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This film is special to my family not only because of the great legends who star in it, but also because one of the pilots was an uncle who was killed shortly after. Real people!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick M. Luci on December 22, 2007
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What a terrific movie - Betty Grable had everything - looks, talent - she could sing, dance and act.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Donley on January 29, 2014
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This is a fun movie where guy chases girl...gets the girl...then lost the girl and then at the end wins her back with all his charm! I would say it has some serious parts as well as it is a comedy! Love it!
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Good flick for a lazy afternoon with nothing else to do.

Black and white, predictable plot and 1941 level for special effects.

Good points: Supporting cast - good job by the Brits. Remember that this is before the US enters the war and so you have to put up with a bit of ambivalence in the plot line. There was a surprisingly strong attempt to realistically portray the German aircraft in this movie.
Not so good points: Betty Grable and her supporting dancers. If this was a low budget film then all the money went to the stars because those poor back up dancers must have been paid peanuts. No really good aircraft scenes other than the beautiful Spitfire flying in formation. War time censors must have restricted the aircraft that could be used. Plot line is pretty thin.

Bottom line: It's worth watching and if you are an aviation nerd then seeing "real time" 1940 airplanes is worth the effort. The rest... well... just chuckle and let it go.
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