Cast and Crew: William Wyler (Director); Dalton Trumbo (Screenplay); Edith Head (Costumes)
What It’s About: Down-on-his-luck American reporter Joe Bradly (Gregory Peck) is stuck in Rome when circumstances drop a drugged Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) in his care. Once he figures out who she is, Bradley makes a deal with his boss-if he can get an exclusive interview with Ann, he’ll get 5000 dollars (with a little 500 dollar bet on the side), enough to get him out of debt and back to New York. Bradley gets his photographer friend Irving Radovich (Eddie Albert), a Beatnik who shoots not only newspaper photos but “models”, to help him out by accompanying/following the pair and getting pictures. What follows is one of those whirlwind days you only get in the movies, with Bradley taking Ann wherever she wants to go in Rome. Sparks fly between the pair-but can Princess Ann really break free of her duty? Will Bradley get his exclusive? Will Princess Ann figure out that he’s really a reporter?
Why Watch it Today?: Audrey Hepburn died on this date in 1993. Roman Holiday is an excellent romantic comedy that made Hepburn a star.