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Princess O'Rourke (1943)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  23 October 1943 (USA)
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A pilot falls in love with a woman he believes is heading cross country to become a maid, little suspecting that she's actually a princess.



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Complete credited cast:
Princess Maria - aka Mary Williams (as Olivia DeHavilland)
Eddie O'Rourke
Holman - Maria's Uncle
Dave Campbell
Jean Campbell
Supreme Court Judge
Miss Haskell
Minor Watson ...
Mr. Washburn
Nan Wynn ...
Nightclub Singer
Curt Bois ...
Count Peter de Candome


Poor Princess Maria is visiting New York, but she's not having any fun. So her uncle suggests she spend a few days in San Francisco. Unfortunately she's nervous about going by plane. To calm her jitters, she takes a sleeping pill before the plane takes off. Sensing her nervousness, the pilot, navigator and stewardess all secretly give her pills. When bad weather forces the plane to head back to New York, the sleepy princess is left in the care of pilot Edward O'Rourke who takes her to his apartment to spend the night. When she comes to the next day, she finds a note left by O'Rourke asking her to meet him after work. The princess decides to find out what she's been missing and sneaks off to him. To keep her identity a secret, she tells O'Rourke that she's a poor waif sent from Europe to work as a maid in San Francisco. What she doesn't count on is that before the day is through O'Rourke will ask her to marry him. Written by Daniel Bubbeo

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23 October 1943 (USA)  »

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La petite exilée  »

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Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and E.Y. Harburg
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"New York Holiday"?
23 June 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

Pre-dating "Roman Holiday" by ten years is this charming little comedy about a runaway princess, this time in New York, falling in love with a commoner. Like "Roman Holiday" the part of the princess is played to perfection, this time by Olivia De Havilland. And she's matched well by Robert Cummings, with a brilliant supporting cast headed by Charles Coburn, Jack Carson and Jane Wyman.

Unlike "Roman Holiday" this film opts for an overly-simplistic solution that is neither believable or satisfying. It's quite fun though being in the White House and watching FDR's dog play an important role in the drama. And the Oscar winning script is pretty good until the finale.

But it is De Havilland that makes the film work. Early in the film she takes a number of sleeping pills, and her drugged acting is superb. She also has a very raunchy scene in a bath! She achieves a perfect balance between comedy and drama, and once again proves that she was one of the best actors of her generation.

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