A Yank in the R.A.F. Movie Poster, Circa 1941

This colorful lithographic poster depicts the popular 1941 film A Yank in the R.A.F.,  directed by Henry King and produced by Twentieth Century-Fox. The black-and-white film describes a story that takes place early during World War II, in which a young American man, Baker, joins the British Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) in a time when the United States was still enforcing the Neutrality Acts. The British R.A.F. advertised for assistance during 1940, and a total of 271 American citizens joined during the years of 1940 and 1942. These volunteer American soldiers became known as the Eagle Squadron.

Center in the composition, the title of the film is listed in bright yellow lettering. The details of the film’s actors, producers, screenplay author, and director are listed above and below the title. The film detailed various propagandistic notions of war, with Grable portrayed in the famous ‘pinup’ role. This poster was created to promote the film, and to promote underlying themes of American nationalism. A Yank in the R.A.F  was the fourth most popular movie in the U.S. box office during the year of its release. While originally created as a light-hearted look at war, the film’s themes resonated with many Americans during its time. Support for the American military is emphasized by the icon “Let’s Go! U.S.A Keep ‘Em Flying!” in the bottom corner.

This original poster is in very good condition with no visible tearing. It is framed in a custom black and gold frame. Framed dimensions: 39.25" H x 17.5" W x 1.7" D.




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