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)  »

Also Known As:

La petite exilée  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film was released more than a year after it was completed. See more »


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 »


Dave Campbell: Wake up Jean.
Jean Campbell: Why? What is it?
Dave Campbell: Eddie wants you to undress a girl for him.
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Honorable Moon
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and E.Y. Harburg
Sung by Nan Wynn at the Chinese Restaurant
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This Princess is A Real Gem Princess O'Rourker ****
18 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Olivia de Havilland shows once again that she can play a quiet, timid young lady as she had done 4 years earlier in the epic "Gone With the Wind."

Cast opposite a wonderful Robert Cummings, as Eddie O'Rourke, the two provide an absolute great chemistry between them in this wonderful film.

My only surprise here is that Gladys Cooper, as a secretary, has so little to do here.

As always, Charles Coburn is terrific, especially by showing his comic and dramatic abilities in films. The scene where he tells Eddie to get out is just great.

The picture just proves over and over that wealth and status can't bring you happiness.

The odd-ball meeting between the Princess and Eddie provides for so much fun here. Rounding out the cast is Jane Wyman and Jack Carson, as the married friends of Eddie.

The scene where Mary (Olivia) is willing to do anything for the war effort was quite humorous. She is better than any princess, the woman is no snob. Eddie shows his mettle when he refuses to give up his American citizenship by marrying a foreign princess. He wishes to do his patriotic duty, the great theme for American films during World War 11.

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