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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
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Mr. Washburn
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Nightclub Singer
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Count Peter de Candome
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G-Man
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Storyline

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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La petite exilée  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Generally considered the film that caused Olivia de Havilland to sue Warner Brothers over contract rights. She won the lawsuit, resulting in California Labor Code Section 2855, informally known as the "De Havilland Law". See more »

Goofs

On the princess's trip to California, the airliner on the ground that she is to board, and the model shown in flight, are Douglas DC-3 Sleeper Transports. The airplane shown taking off silhouetted against the sky is its less successful rival, the Boeing 247. See more »

Quotes

Holman - Maria's Uncle: [Eddie returns to the White House] What are you doing here?
Eddie O'Rourke: I was invited. I've got a right to be here. More so in fact.
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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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Underrated Romantic Comedy
15 July 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Lovely romantic comedy about a princess (Olivia de Havilland) who falls in love with an American pilot (Robert Cummings). He falls for her, too, but the problem is he thinks she's a maid, not a princess. Charming, fun movie with an extremely likable cast. In addition to de Havilland and Cummings, there's fine support from Charles Coburn, Jack Carson, Jane Wyman, Harry Davenport, and Gladys Cooper. What a lineup! This one's pretty underrated. The more famous Roman Holiday owes a lot to this film. Also worth seeing for Olivia's bath scene, which I found pretty risqué for the time. That's probably the most skin Olivia ever showed on screen. She's beautiful in this, one of her best romantic comedy roles. Love the cute bit with FDR's dog, too.


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