A Yank Comes Back (1949)

Run Time - 48 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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In the tradition of his wartime "special services" filmmaking activities, actor Burgess Meredith is director, author and star of the 48-minute documentary The Yank Comes Back. The film is conceived as a tribute to WW II England from the viewpoint of an average GI (Meredith). The point is that, despite wartime deprivations and postwar financial travails, England can still "take it." Occasionally, Meredith breaks down the fourth wall and addresses the camera as though it were another character. He also finds time to deliver a Shakespearean soliloquy on the stage at Stratford-on-Avon. These self-conscious touches aside, The Yank Comes Back is a worthwhile bouquet to one of America's staunchest allies.