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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 (as Olivia DeHavilland)
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Eddie O'Rourke
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Holman
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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
Ray Walker ...
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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Comedy | Romance

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23 October 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La petite exilĂ©e  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alexis Smith was considered for the lead role in case de Havilland could not complete the film due to her dispute with Warner Brothers. See more »

Goofs

Robert Cummings bumps into a standing President Franklin D. Roosevelt who was either confined to a wheelchair or could walk with braces with help while on someone's arm. His infirmity was not common knowledge to the American people. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Washburn: Your position in the royal family is most important. You're to have children. If possible, boys.
Eddie O'Rourke: Well, that's not a full day's work. What else do I do?
Mr. Washburn: Nothing else.
Eddie O'Rourke: Nothing?
Mr. Washburn: Nothing.
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Soundtracks

Honorable Moon
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Nan Wynn (uncredited)
[The performer sings the song 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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