Princess O'Hara


1h 20m 1935

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 25, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Princess O'Hara" by Damon Runyon in Collier's (3 Mar 1934).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Synopsis

New Yorker Vic Toledo, the owner of the Shim Sham club, a racehorse named Hozanna and a taxicab company, tries to help take care of Kitty "Princess" O'Hara after her father King is accidentally killed when he is caught in the midst of a cab war between Vic and the United Cab Co. Kitty quits her job as a performer at Vic's club and refuses his help, because she believes him to be responsible for her father's death. Kitty accepts a brand new horse-drawn carriage to continue her father's business, which is purportedly provided by an insurance company. When her horse, Goldberg, catches pneumonia, Vic orders his right-hand man, Louie "Last Call" Schulz, to find a horse for her. Louie and mug Montague "Fingers" Spackwort go to a horseshow at Madison Square Garden where they find cowboy Laramie Pink, who agrees to steal a horse for them from the Whitley stables. They steal Gallant Godfrey, who is owned by Vic's girl friend, wealthy socialite Alberta Whitley, based on the assumption that this will protect Vic's bets. They give the horse to Kitty through veterinarian Henry Spidoni, but Kitty is arrested for horse stealing when police discover that her horse is Gallant Godfrey. Vic believes that Kitty stole the horse to avenge her father's death, but when she convinces him that she had nothing to do with the theft, he promises to ask Alberta to drop the charges, as her horse has been returned. Alberta, however, thinks Vic stole her horse and has been using her all along, so she refuses his request. At a private hearing, Kitty is remanded into Miss Van Courtland's custody after Alberta agrees that if her horse wins an upcoming race, she will drop all charges because the horse will have suffered no harm. Vic plans to fix the race so that Hozanna will lose, but the police are guarding the horse and its jockey, and Louie reminds him that the mob has bet heavily on his horse. Hozanna wins the race, but Vic informs Alberta that he signed his horse over to her the night before, and that as she is the owner of the horse that won, she is forced to drop all charges against Kitty. Kitty's faith in Vic is thus renewed.

Cast

Jean Parker

[Princess] Kitty O'Hara

Chester Morris

Vic Toledo

Leon Errol

[Louie] "Last Card" Schulz

Henry Armetta

The veterinary [Henry Spidoni]

Verna Hillie

Alberta Whitley

Vince Barnett

[Montague] "Fingers" [Spackwort]

Ralph Remley

King O'Hara

Tom Dugan

"Dead Pan"

Jimmy Fay

Patrick O'Hara

Clara Blandick

Miss Van Courtland

Dorothy Gray

Maggie O'Hara

Anne Howard

Hanna O'Hara

Clifford Jones

Tad Rodgers

Pepi Sinoff

Mrs. Goldberg

Ed Brady

"Pocohontas"

Goldberg

Horse

Anne Darling

A secretary

Douglas Fowley

Master of ceremonies

Robert E. O'connor

Gillicudy

James Burke

A detective

Charles C. Wilson

Newcomb

George Irving

Judge

Ed Stanley

Prosecuting attorney

Charles Lane

Morris Goldberg

George Davis

Waiter

Ben F. Hendricks

Mug

Clyde Dilson

Mug

Al Hill

Mug

Bob Callahan

Mug

Frank Moran

Mug

Gertrude Simpson

Cashier

Marie Werner

Jail matron

Richard Elliott

Agent

Florence Dudley

Showgirl

Celia Ryland

Showgirl

Arthur S. Byron

O'Malley

Bud Jamison

Fat man

David Thursby

Joe

Constance Kent

Saleslady

Alphonse Martell

Headwaiter

William Arnold

Headwaiter

Tammany Young

Sol

Pat O'malley

Cop

James Farley

Trainer

Spec O'donnell

Newsboy

Lloyd Whitlock

Department. store manager

Mathew Betz

Delicatessan man

Eddie Kane

Gambler

Lee Phelps

Delivery driver

Max Davidson

Jewish man

Gunnis Davis

Whitney groom

J. M. Mcbride

Whitney jockey

Johnstone White

Grocery clerk

Ethan Laidlaw

Dutch

Eddie Baker

Cop

Jay Wilsey

Mounted cop

Floyd Criswell

Motor cop

Ed Dearing

Motor cop

Frank Rice

Laramie Pink

Eddie Phillips

Drunk

Onest Conley

Stable boy

Charles Murphy

Mechanic

Al Ferguson

Garage foreman

Arnold Gray

Dress man

Harold A. Miller

Dress man

Jack Mack

News man

Patricia Chapman

Maude Truax

Henry Rocquemore

Russ Clark

Tom Mcguire

Edith Craig

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 25, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Princess O'Hara" by Damon Runyon in Collier's (3 Mar 1934).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The film's opening title reads "Carl Laemmle presents Jean Parker and Chester Morris in Damon Runyon's Princess O'Hara." The plot summary and screen credits are based on a studio screen continuity. According to a news item in Daily Variety, Mary Wallace was replaced by Ann Darling due to illness. Daily Variety also noted that assistant director William Reiter resigned during production due to his wife's serious illness. The Variety review speculated that the racetrack scenes May have been filmed at Santa Anita racetracks in CA. It Ain't Hay, based on the same source, was released by Universal in 1943 and starred Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.