Review: ‘Princess O’Rourke’

Princess O'Rourke is a spritely, effervescing and laugh-explosive comedy-romance. Credit for general sparkle and excellence of the picture must be tossed to Norman Krasna, who handled the writing and directing responsibilities. It's Krasna's initial directing assignment.

Princess O’Rourke is a spritely, effervescing and laugh-explosive comedy-romance. Credit for general sparkle and excellence of the picture must be tossed to Norman Krasna, who handled the writing and directing responsibilities. It’s Krasna’s initial directing assignment.

Krasna provides numerous humorous and novel twists to the tale of an American who falls in love with a girl after a whirlwind romance, and then discovers she’s a refugee princess of European royalty. After approval for marriage has been given to cement relations of the two countries, the boy balks at renouncing his American citizenship.

Picture unfolds at a spontaneously-fast pace, with Krasna studding the proceedings with toppling laughs most of the way. Final 20 minutes, when levity must be tossed aside for proper decorum within the walls of the White House, slows down considerably, but previous pace carries momentum through the romantic windup successfully.

Olivia de Havilland shines brightly as the girl, with Robert Cummings getting equal prominence for excellent portrayal of the airline pilot.

Princess O'Rourke

Production

Warner. Director Norman Krasna; Producer Hal B. Wallis; Screenplay Norman Krasna; Camera Ernest Haller; Editor Warren Low

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Olivia de Havilland Robert Cummings Charles Coburn Jack Carson Jane Wyman
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