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=”295″ height=”400″ />Being a fan of military history as well as a fan of movie history, I have found World War 2 to be a most fascinating era… The reason being is that it seems to me anyway, that where as World War 1 seemed to bring together the allies for maybe the first time ever, but World War 2 really seemed to cement that bond.
As for movies, World War 2 seemed to create both before and after that war a very diverse (genre wise) series of movies. Rather it be movies such as, The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957), A Drama about a group of Allied POWs who have to build a bridge for their Japanese captors. Another one being, A Guy Named Joe (1943). A Romantic War movie, about a Bomber Pilot who after he dies, ends up becoming a Guardian Angel for another Pilot!
With all of this in mind, that is why I found, A Yank In The R.A.F. (1941) to be a rather fascinating film!
Written by Darrell Ware (Tall, Dark And Handsome) and Karl Tunberg (Ben Hur). Based On The Story By: Darryl F. Zanuck (Sun Valley Serenade), and Directed by: Henry King (Remember The Day). Starring: Tyrone Power (Abandon Ship), Betty Grable (I Wake Up Screaming), John Sutton (The Bat) and Reginald Gardner (Sundown).
A Yank In The R.A.F. tells the story of a pilot by the name of Tim Baker (Power). Now Baker is kind of a goof ball pilot from the U.S. who one day while trying to deliver a new fighter to a U.S. Military base in Trenton New Jersey, he ends up getting turned around and ends up delivering the fighter to to a Royal Canadian Air Force Base in Trenton, Ontario Canada!
Well needless to say, Mr. Baker unintentionally broke the law and was thus unable to leave on his own, until one day when the Flight Commander offers Tim a job ferrying Bomber’s to the England to help aid in the war effort! Tim of course being the type of guy that he is, ends up salivating over the prospect of $1,000 to ferry over Bomber’s to the war torn country…
Now when he gets there, he ends up meeting up with by mistake, an American R.A.F. Officer that he is still deeply head over heels for by the name of Carol Brown (Grable)…
Now Carol came over to England to help out with the British War effort after she discovered that back in the states, Tim had cheated on her. Now after years of not seeing Tim, she is living a comfortable life as a Nurse in the R.A.F. as well as dancing at a local Pub… The only problem is, is that Carol is still in love with Tim with out being willing to admit it!
Now to win her back, Tim ends up joining the R.A.F., fending off the unsuccessful advances of his eventual friend Flight Officer Roger Pillby, and Wing Commander Morley’s constant a blatant attempts to steal Carol away from him. Tim has to do all of this while fighting in World War 2!
Now with all of this in mind, I have to admit that what I like about this movie, and what I do think makes this an incredible B-Movie is a couple of things:
1. This movie being that it was made only a few years after the start of World War 2, could legitimately be said to be one of the earliest World War 2 movies ever made!
2. Believe it or not, during the time in which this movie was being filmed, the aerial shots that were taken in the movie were filmed in England, during a time in which England was loosing the war. But what was cool about it was, that despite how desperate the situation was, England still made sure to help make this classic film! As a matter of fact some of the footage from the aerial attacks in the movie are actually real War time footage!
3. Also another great thing is the cast, I mean this movie has some real power to it, including, Tyrone Power, John Sutton, Betty Grable and James Craven (just to name a few)
4. I also thought that you guys might enjoy this rare exclusive behind scenes photo from the set of the movie!
5. Also another thing that I found to be rather interesting is the authentic look that the production gave to the Nazi’s despite the fact that back then, they should not have actually been that detailed in making Nazi Uniforms!
6. The last thing that I thought that I would mention is the fact that this movie was nominated for an Oscar in 1942 for Best Special Effects!
With all of this in mind folks, I highly recommend checking this one out, it is a fun one!