Princess O'Rourke (1943)

93-94 mins | Romantic comedy | 23 October 1943

Director:

Norman Krasna

Writer:

Norman Krasna

Cinematographer:

Ernest Haller

Editor:

Warren Low

Production Designer:

Max Parker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Norman Krasna's onscreen credit reads: "Written and directed by Norman Krasna." News items in HR add the following information about the production: Alexis Smith tested for the lead after Olivia De Havilland was suspended for refusing the part. Robert Cummings replaced Fred MacMurray when the latter dropped out of the film because of prior commitments to Paramount. Claude Rains was sought for a role in the film. The composers of "Honorable Moon" donated the money they received from Warner Bros. to a China Relief organization. Princess O'Rourke , which marked Krasna's directorial debut, was not released until a year after it finished shooting. Krasna won an Academy Award for his ... More Less

Norman Krasna's onscreen credit reads: "Written and directed by Norman Krasna." News items in HR add the following information about the production: Alexis Smith tested for the lead after Olivia De Havilland was suspended for refusing the part. Robert Cummings replaced Fred MacMurray when the latter dropped out of the film because of prior commitments to Paramount. Claude Rains was sought for a role in the film. The composers of "Honorable Moon" donated the money they received from Warner Bros. to a China Relief organization. Princess O'Rourke , which marked Krasna's directorial debut, was not released until a year after it finished shooting. Krasna won an Academy Award for his screenplay. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
25 Sep 1943.
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Daily Variety
21 Sep 43
p. 3, 6
Film Daily
21 Sep 43
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Apr 42
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jun 42
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jun 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jun 42
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jul 42
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Sep 43
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Nov 43
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Sep 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Sep 43
p. 1553.
New York Times
6 Nov 43
p. 16.
Variety
22 Sep 43
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Hal B. Wallis Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Honorable Moon," music by Arthur Schwartz, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and E. Y. Harburg.
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 October 1943
Production Date:
early July--late August 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
23 October 1943
Copyright Number:
LP12336
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
93-94
Length(in feet):
8,484
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Princess Maria, whose country has been invaded by the Nazis, lives with her uncle in exile in New York. Although Maria's uncle encourages her to marry Count Peter de Chandome, in the hope that she will produce a male heir, Maria does not like him. Worried by her lack of interest in life, Maria's uncle suggests a change of scene and books her under the name Mary Williams on an airplane flight to San Francisco. To overcome her fear of flying, Maria accidentally takes too many sleeping pills. Then, when bad flying conditions force the plane to return to New York, Maria cannot be awakened. Pilot Eddie O'Rourke offers to help her walk off the effects of the drugs, but a misguided café owner, thinking all she needs is a good night's sleep, puts another sleeping pill in her coffee, and Maria passes out. With the help of Jean, the wife of Eddie's co-pilot Dave, Eddie puts Maria to bed in his apartment. The next day, Maria wakes to find several notes from Eddie asking her to meet him at 2:00 in front of the building. Maria returns to her hotel and tells her uncle that she spent the night in the ladies lounge at the airport. That afternoon, when she meets Eddie, she is followed by a Secret Service man who reports her activities to her uncle. Eddie, believing Maria to be a common war refugee, offers to show her New York. When she suggests that they have an ordinary date instead, Eddie introduces her to Dave and Jean. While the two men play handball, Maria and Jean spend the ... +


Princess Maria, whose country has been invaded by the Nazis, lives with her uncle in exile in New York. Although Maria's uncle encourages her to marry Count Peter de Chandome, in the hope that she will produce a male heir, Maria does not like him. Worried by her lack of interest in life, Maria's uncle suggests a change of scene and books her under the name Mary Williams on an airplane flight to San Francisco. To overcome her fear of flying, Maria accidentally takes too many sleeping pills. Then, when bad flying conditions force the plane to return to New York, Maria cannot be awakened. Pilot Eddie O'Rourke offers to help her walk off the effects of the drugs, but a misguided café owner, thinking all she needs is a good night's sleep, puts another sleeping pill in her coffee, and Maria passes out. With the help of Jean, the wife of Eddie's co-pilot Dave, Eddie puts Maria to bed in his apartment. The next day, Maria wakes to find several notes from Eddie asking her to meet him at 2:00 in front of the building. Maria returns to her hotel and tells her uncle that she spent the night in the ladies lounge at the airport. That afternoon, when she meets Eddie, she is followed by a Secret Service man who reports her activities to her uncle. Eddie, believing Maria to be a common war refugee, offers to show her New York. When she suggests that they have an ordinary date instead, Eddie introduces her to Dave and Jean. While the two men play handball, Maria and Jean spend the afternoon in a women's first aid class. Maria is embarrassed to admit that she has no skills, but volunteers to let the women practice their bandaging techniques on her. Later, after the two couples dine in a Chinese restaurant, Eddie proposes marriage. At first, Maria turns him down, but he forces her to admit that she wants to marry him. Meanwhile, Maria's uncle checks into Eddie's background and is pleased to learn that he is one of nine boys and that his father was one of eleven boys. He telephones Maria's father and convinces him that marriage to an American would be beneficial to their country. He then broaches the subject to Maria, who is delighted with the idea. When Eddie learns the truth about Maria, he is stunned but pleased that she will marry him. The wedding is to take place at the White House, and Mr. Washburn of the State Department uses the train trip to Washington, D.C. to give Eddie a crash course in royal diplomacy. Eddie begins to chafe under the requirements, however, and when he discovers that he will have to renounce his U.S. citizenship to marry Maria, he rebels. At the White House, he begs Maria to marry him and live as an ordinary citizen, but she cannot easily give up her role. Later, realizing that she is enslaved to her position, Maria uses the President's little dog to carry a letter to the President asking him to use his authority to help them. As a result, Maria and Eddie are quietly married by a Supreme Court justice. When Eddie expresses his hope that the guard who acted as their witness will not get in trouble, Maria explains that the "guard" was the President. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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