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A Yank in the R.A.F.

Picture neatly mixes the adventures of cocky and carefree Tyrone Power, former airline pilot, with the inner workings and flights of the RAF squadrons during the hectic times of the German blitz against the Low countries and France. Producer Darryl F. Zanuck (who also authored the original as 'Melville Crossman') sidesteps overloading the picture with flying sequences and bombing expeditions [photographed in England by Ronald Neame, Jack Whitehead and Otto Kanturek; directed by Herbert Mason].

Cast:
Tyrone Power Betty Grable John Sutton Reginald Gardiner Donald Stuart Morton Lowry

Picture neatly mixes the adventures of cocky and carefree Tyrone Power, former airline pilot, with the inner workings and flights of the RAF squadrons during the hectic times of the German blitz against the Low countries and France. Producer Darryl F. Zanuck (who also authored the original as ‘Melville Crossman’) sidesteps overloading the picture with flying sequences and bombing expeditions [photographed in England by Ronald Neame, Jack Whitehead and Otto Kanturek; directed by Herbert Mason].

In flying a training ship to Canada, Power enlists as pilot to ferry bombers to England. On his first trip, he meets former sweetheart (Betty Grable) a Texas girl performing in a night club and member of the ambulance reserve. Power pursues his former attention, and enlists in the RAF for fighter duty.

Power clicks solidly as the happy-go-lucky American pilot sure of his abilities with both planes and women. He handles the role with a lightly nonchalant attitude which will catch wide audience attention. Grable grooves excellently as the girl who fully realizes Power’s inconsistencies, but finally breaks down.

1941: Nomination: Best Special Effects

A Yank in the R.A.F.

Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director Henry King; Producer Darryl F. Zanuck; Screenplay Darrell Ware, Karl Tunberg; Camera Leon Shamroy; Editor Barbara McLean; Music Alfred Newman (dir.); Art Director Richard Day, James Basevi

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 97 MIN.

With: Tyrone Power Betty Grable John Sutton Reginald Gardiner Donald Stuart Morton Lowry

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