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Princess O’Rourke (Warner 1943, Robert Cummings, Olivia de Havilland)



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When his plane is forced to return to the ground, pilot Cummings takes charge of a pretty passenger (de Havilland) who has taken sleeping pills for the trip, and can’t be revived. He brings her back to his apartment, she recovers, and the two are soon smitten, becoming engaged almost immediately. Much to Cummings’s surprise, his anonymous houseguest-fiancee turns out to be a princess in the U.S. looking for a husband. Though a pilot isn’t what father Coburn had in mind, he approves and plans for a wedding at the White House. But Cummings objects when he will have to renounce his U.S. citizenship to marry the girl he loves. Made with the participation of First Film Fan FDR and his Scottie dog, Fala, who both appear.

During filming of Princess O’Rourke, Robert Cummings was concurrently shooting a film at Universal Studios. Many of Olivia de Havilland’s scenes with Cummings were actually filmed opposite a stand-in.

production details
USA | Warner Bros. | 94 minutes | 1943

Director: Norman Krasna
Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Director of Photography: Ernest Haller
Editing: Warren Low
Script: Norman Krasna
Production Design: Max Parker

Gladys Cooper as Miss Haskell
Charles Coburn as Uncle Holman
Harry Davenport as Supreme Court Judge
Julie Bishop as Stewardess (uncredited)
Frank Puglia as Greek Cafe Proprietor (uncredited)
Olivia de Havilland as Princess Maria
Robert Cummings as Eddie O’Rourke
Jack Carson as Dave Campbell
Jane Wyman as Jean Campbell
Minor Watson as Mr. Washburn
Nan Wynn as Nightclub Singer
Frank Mayo as Airline Passenger (uncredited)