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The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 12 July 1941 (USA)
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A financially-strapped charter pilot hires himself to an oil tycoon to kidnap his madcap daughter and prevent her from marrying a vapid band leader.

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William Keighley

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Kenneth Earl (from the story by), M.M. Musselman (from the story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Steve Collins
Bette Davis ... Joan Winfield
Stuart Erwin ... Tommy Keenan
Eugene Pallette ... Lucius K. Winfield
Jack Carson ... Allen Brice
George Tobias ... Peewee
Harry Davenport ... Pop Tolliver
William Frawley ... Sheriff McGee
Edward Brophy ... Hinkle
Harry Holman ... Judge Sobler
Chick Chandler ... First Reporter
Douglas Kennedy ... Second Reporter (as Keith Douglas)
Herbert Anderson ... 3rd Reporter
William Newell ... McGee's Pilot
William Hopper ... Keenan's Pilot (as DeWolf Hopper)
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Storyline

Oil heiress Joan is going to elope with bandleader Allen whom she's known four days. Out-of-money pilot Steve is going to fly them to Nevada but makes a deal with her father to deliver her home unmarried. He flies off with her, an apparent kidnaping, but is forced down in the desert. The bandleader arrives with a preacher, but their marriage (in California, not Nevada) is not valid. Pilot Steve will marry her because her father is a millionaire. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Braut kam per Nachnahme See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Olivia de Havilland, Ginger Rogers, Rosalind Russell, and Ann Sheridan were all originally considered for the Bette Davis role. See more »

Goofs

In an early scene, when Steve Collins (James Cagney) is walking from the door of the hangar to the office, the end of his necktie is first flapping free above his belt, but in the next shot, it is tucked into his belt. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tommy Keenan: Hello Charlie! Got anybody important in there?
Charlie - Ambulance Driver: No Mr. Keenan, just a drop.
Tommy Keenan: [irritatedly dissapointed] Why do ya bother with small fry?
[to policemen in the car with him]
Tommy Keenan: Just an hour till I go on the air and not one, single, juicy item. You boys have certainly let me down.
Policeman - Driver of Car #64: You're the one who was beepin' for reformin' Los Angeles; now that you got it, you're beefin' again.
Tommy Keenan: Hmph, I'll bet five minutes after I go off the air the whole town will break loose.
Policeman in Car #64: I always said, Tommy, you ...
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear on a series of luggage tags. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Bird Came C.O.D. (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Trade Winds
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Music by Cliff Friend
Played as background music during the first scene at the airport
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Fun Warner Bros Comedy
5 November 2013 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Enjoyable screwball comedy with Bette Davis and James Cagney, helped out by a great supporting cast that includes Eugene Palette, Jack Carson, George Tobias, William Frawley, Harry Davenport, and many others. WB movies back in the day were more often than not defined by their supporting players. They had a premium stable of actors to choose from and many times they're more enjoyable to watch than the leads.

Davis has a lot of fun with this role and, while her comedic talents were always so-so, she shines here. This is also one of the movies where she looks prettiest and curviest. One dress in particular fits her just right.

The movie isn't perfect. It drags a bit more than a screwball comedy should. Davis and Cagney, while having nice comedic timing, don't really have much romantic chemistry. So the inevitable conclusion to a film like this might be a bit hard for some to buy. Still, I recommend it to any Bette Davis or James Cagney fan. Also to any fan of WB films from the 1930s and 40s.


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