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Princess O'Rourke Details


A princess finds love with a regular American Joe in this patriotic romantic comedy. A European diplomat (Charles Coburn) is named an ambassador to the U.S., and when he relocates to Washington D.C., he's accompanied by his niece, Princess Maria (Olivia de Havilland). Maria's uncle hopes that she'll meet an eligible American bachelor during her visit, since potential husbands are in short supply at home. Maria tires of her uncle's attempts at matchmaking, and when he suggests that she take a side trip to San Francisco, she leaps at the chance. However, Maria has a fear of flying, and when she's given tranquilizers to settle her nerves, she passes out in mid-flight. Maria is down for the count when bad weather forces the flight to return to Washington, and pilot Eddie O'Rourke (Robert Cummings) volunteers to put her up for the night. When Maria comes to, she's struck by Eddie's decency and charm, and it's love at first sight for them. However, Maria's uncle was hoping for someone higher up the social ladder than a pilot, and the lovebirds have an uphill battle getting him to consent to their wedding. No one seems sure if it's actually President Franklin D. Roosevelt appearing in the film's final scenes or just an impersonator, but apparently FDR's dog Fala did actually play himself. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Norman Krasna Best Original Screenplay 1943 Winner


Olivia de Havilland
as Princess Maria
Robert Cummings
as Eddie O'Rourke
Charles Coburn
as Uncle
Jack Carson
as Dave
Jane Wyman
as Jean
Harry Davenport
as Supreme Court Judge
Gladys Cooper
as Miss Haskell
Minor Watson
as Mrs. Washburn
Nan Wynn
as Singer
Curt Bois
as Count Peter de Chandome
Ray Walker
as G. Man
David Clyde
as Butler
Nana Bryant
as Mrs. Mulvaney
Nydia Westman
as Mrs. Bower
Ruth Ford
as Clare Stillwell
Julie Bishop
as Stewardess
Frank Puglia
as Greek
Rosina Galli
as Greek's Wife
Ferike Boros
as Mrs. Pulaski
Dave Willock
as Delivery Boy
John Dilson
as Elevator Man
Edward Gargan
as Stranger
Harry C. Bradley
as Couple
Roland Drew
as Dispatcher
Mary Field
as Clara Stilwell
Jo Gilbert
as Truck Driver Woman
Vera Lewis
Frank Mayo
as Businessman
Jack Mower
Christian Rub
as Janitor
Roland Drew
as Dispatcher
Harry C. Bradley
as Couple
Mary Field
as Clara Stilwell
Frank Mayo
as Businessman
Jo Gilbert
as Truck Driver Woman


Norman Krasna
Hal B. Wallis
Norman Krasna
Ernest Haller
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ira Gershwin
Frederick Hollander
Composer (Music Score)
Warren Low
Max Parker
Art Director