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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 »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

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Eddie O'Rourke: Prince... Here, Prince!
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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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Wartime comedy won Oscar for Best Original Screenplay
29 March 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Norman Krasna wrote a delightful script that is played to the hilt by Olivia de Havilland, Robert Cummings, Jane Wyman and Jack Carson--not to mention Charles Coburn. Interesting to note that de Havilland and Wyman would be up for Best Actress Oscars three years later (To Each His Own, The Yearling). Wyman was so impressive as Jack Carson's wise-cracking wife that Billy Wilder decided to use her for 'The Lost Weekend' in a more dramatic role. De Havilland's sleeping pill scene early on gets the film off to a breezy start--she even lapses into a little French (long before she became a Parisian in real life). All in all, she does a wonderful job as the Princess in love with commoner (Robert Cummings)and facing a few twists and turns of plot before the ending. John Huston, her boyfriend at the time, was said to have coached her in the role. Jack Carson and Jane Wyman have good supporting roles--and Charles Coburn has some amusing scenes as de Havilland's overprotective uncle. Ten years later, 'Roman Holiday' gave us another variation on this theme. One of de Havilland's better comedy roles.


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