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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.

Director:

Norman Krasna

Writer:

Norman Krasna
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Olivia de Havilland ... Princess Maria (as Olivia DeHavilland)
Robert Cummings ... Eddie O'Rourke
Charles Coburn ... Holman
Jack Carson ... Dave Campbell
Jane Wyman ... Jean Campbell
Harry Davenport ... Supreme Court Judge
Gladys Cooper ... Miss Haskell
Minor Watson ... Mr. Washburn
Nan Wynn ... Nightclub Singer
Curt Bois ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Latin

Release Date:

23 October 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La petite exilée See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

With the logo "The Mainliner" on the side of Eddie's plane, that would indicate he and Dave were pilots for United Airlines. However, note the American Airlines logo on the ramp used during the stopover in Moline, Illinois. See more »

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When Eddie and Mary meet in their friend's apartment, Eddie asks Mary to sit down. As he is turned away from the camera, the shadow of a male crew member is cast on Eddie's back. See more »

Quotes

Eddie O'Rourke: [the princess is asleep in his arms] Boy, are you lucky I was raised right. Or was I? Yeah, I guess I was.
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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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Light but fun.
7 September 2005 | by dougandwinSee all my reviews

Firstly, I have to comment that Olivia de Havilland looks absolutely beautiful in this movie, and that is just as well, because the story is fairly flimsy and Robert Cummings is even out of his depth in this. (despite the foregoing, this film pre-dated "Roman Holiday" which has a very similar story line). The usual Warner stalwarts in Jack Carson and Jane Wyman had familiar roles which I am sure they could have played with their eyes shut, but it was so disappointing to see that wonderful actress Gladys Cooper in a five minute role as a secretary, and insulting to someone of her class. Charles Coburn was a good foil for the comings and goings of the lead characters. Somehow, one gets the feeling that this film, and a few others like it, would have been the reasons for Miss de Havilland going on suspension so often at Warner Brothers.


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