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

This is a colorful lithographic poster for the popular 1941 film A Yank in the R.A.F.  The film was directed by Henry King and produced by Twentieth Century-Fox.

The black-and-white film tells a story that takes place 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 film portrayed various propagandist 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 lighthearted look at war, the film’s themes resonated with many Americans during its time.

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.

The title of the film is listed in bright yellow lettering on the poster. The details of the film’s actors, producers, screenplay author, and director are listed above and below the title. Support for the American military is emphasized by the icon “Let’s Go! U.S.A Keep ‘Em Flying!” in the bottom corner.

CONDITION:

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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