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September 30, 2011

Movie review: A Yank in the RAF (1941)

Filed under: General,Modeling — dknights @ 12:48 pm
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Since we have Netflix, I have been using the instant streaming feature to watch some movies that I hadn’t seen before.  I am trying to do this rather than watch reruns of the same mind-numbing sitcoms.

As part of their streaming feature, Netflix rotates in some older movies.  I took the chance to see this one recently, A Yank in the RAF.

As a movie it is ok.  Not great, but OK.  The movie revolves around a self-absorbed US pilot who ferries aircraft from Canada to Englad during WWII.  The movie was made in the US prior to the entry of the US into the war and it is clearly pro-England propaganda. 

The movie starts Tyrone Power and Betty Grable.  On of the things that strikes the view is how society and acceptable behavior have changed in the last 70 years.  Power’s character’s behavior borders between a stalker and potential date rapist.  Grable comes off as a fickle airhead.

Of interest to modelers are scenes of WWII Harvards, Hudsons and some newsreel footage of Spitfires from the Battle of Britian era.  Of course, they are all in black and white.

All in all, it isn’t a bad movie and wasn’t a waste of time, but Casablanca it isn’t.

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