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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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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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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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This film won the Best Writing, Original Screenplay Oscar for its only Academy Award nomination. 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

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
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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"New York Holiday"?
23 June 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

Pre-dating "Roman Holiday" by ten years is this charming little comedy about a runaway princess, this time in New York, falling in love with a commoner. Like "Roman Holiday" the part of the princess is played to perfection, this time by Olivia De Havilland. And she's matched well by Robert Cummings, with a brilliant supporting cast headed by Charles Coburn, Jack Carson and Jane Wyman.

Unlike "Roman Holiday" this film opts for an overly-simplistic solution that is neither believable or satisfying. It's quite fun though being in the White House and watching FDR's dog play an important role in the drama. And the Oscar winning script is pretty good until the finale.

But it is De Havilland that makes the film work. Early in the film she takes a number of sleeping pills, and her drugged acting is superb. She also has a very raunchy scene in a bath! She achieves a perfect balance between comedy and drama, and once again proves that she was one of the best actors of her generation.


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Release Date:

23 October 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$651,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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