Thursday, May 16, 2019

Princess O'Rourke (1943)

Academy Awards, USA 1944

Best Writing, Original Screenplay
Norman Krasna

Warner Bros.-First National
Directed by Norman Krasna
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Warner Archive Collection)

Olivia de Havilland is a European princess exiled in America by the war. Charles Coburn is her chaperone who tries to set her up with royalty, to no effect. Instead, she falls for pilot Robert Cummings when she wakes up in his bed after an overdose of sleeping pills on a cross country flight. She pretends to be a common maid and slums around with Cummings and his annoying friend Jack Carson. They are both about to join the Air Force and Cummings is worried about being single, so fast tracks a marriage proposal, which she declines. After she convinces Coburn of the political advantages of marrying a commoner, she accepts the proposal. However, Cummings changes his mind when he finds out he has to give up his American citizenship. She has to get intervention from none other than FDR's dog to get around the citizenship problem and they get married in the middle of the night in the White House! Absurd romantic comedy with propagandist patriotism and no chemistry between Cummings and de Havilland. 

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