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A Yank in the RAF

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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
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  • 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 (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063URW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,183 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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...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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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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I saw this movie in my early childhood and still enjoy it. Tyrone Power and Betty Grable were both favorites of mine. They both were tremendously popular during this era, and, although this was the only movie they made together, they definitely had some chemistry between them on screen. Based in Great Britain, Betty is a WAF and Tyrone is an RAF fighter pilot. She does some singing and dancing, he does some flying and philandering... All in all, a very enjoyable little movie!!
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I liked this 1941 film much more than I expected and I spend a really nice moment watching it. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

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.
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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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