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Princess O'Rourke (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 23 October 1943 (USA)
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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Princess Maria - aka Mary Williams (as Olivia DeHavilland)
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Eddie O'Rourke
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Holman - Maria's Uncle
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Dave Campbell
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Jean Campbell
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Supreme Court Judge
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Miss Haskell
Minor Watson ...
Mr. Washburn
Nan Wynn ...
Nightclub Singer
Curt Bois ...
Count Peter de Candome
Ray Walker ...
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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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Trivia

The part of Eddie O'Rourke, played by Robert Cummings, was originally offered to Gary Cooper, who turned it down. See more »

Goofs

In the study when her uncle and Mary are reading and he in shown in close-up, Holman' book is clearly opened to first few pages. In the following medium shot, the book is open to the last third. See more »

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Holman - Maria's Uncle: His father was one of eleven boys. Remarkable!
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Soundtracks

Honorable Moon
(1943)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and E.Y. Harburg
Sung by Nan Wynn at the Chinese Restaurant
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Royally good satire
1 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Princess O'Rourke does not try to be amusing or clever, but instead it deftly combines funny situations with a sort of real-life seriousness. A viewer may get the impression that this is really how a princess (Olivia de Havilland) would behave if faced with the predicament of falling for a commoner in another country-- if, in fact, it would happen at all.

Yet there is something believable about this hokum, because the film possesses a calmness and dignity, in large part due to the presence of Miss de Havilland. Robert Cummings as the leading man is both romantic and comic; while Charles Coburn and Jane Wyman deliver strong supporting performances.

The film's strongest asset, though, is the writing. The basic premise seems to cover all sorts of angles and suggests that love and politics intersect but do not necessarily mix. The story moves forward with ease, and a highlight of the proceedings is the friendship that develops between de Havilland and Wyman.


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