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The Corpse Came C.O.D. (1947)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 2 June 1947 (USA)
When a dead body turns up in the home of a famous actress, two reporters (who also happen to be in love with one another) compete to get the real scoop.


Henry Levin


George Bricker (screen play by), Dwight V. Babcock (screen play by) (as Dwight Babcock) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
George Brent ... Joe Medford
Joan Blondell ... Rosemary Durant
Adele Jergens ... Mona Harrison
Jim Bannon ... Det. Lt. Mark Wilson
Leslie Brooks ... Peggy Holmes
John Berkes ... Larry Massey- Photographer
Fred F. Sears ... Police Detertive Dave Short (as Fred Sears)
William Trenk William Trenk ... Fields
Grant Mitchell ... Mitchell Edwards
Una O'Connor ... Nora
Marvin Miller ... Rudy Frasso
Don Wilson ... Narrator


When a dead body turns up in the home of a famous actress, two reporters (who also happen to be in love with one another) compete to get the real scoop. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Release Date:

2 June 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mortalha de Seda See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Name Archie Leach is referenced in the film; Cary Grant's birth name. See more »


Rosemary Durant: We're going to put our bonuses together!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits include hand-drawn illustrations. See more »


He's Got a Warm Kiss
Written by Doris Fisher and Allan Roberts
Sung by Judy Stevens
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Nothing subtle about this comedy/mystery...but it's not too bad...
23 January 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

ADELE JERGENS is a pampered movie star who gets a crate delivery that turns out to have a body inside it--a studio costume designer she had recently argued with. She tries to persuade newspaper man GEORGE BRENT not to tell police right away, but he does and the plot gets a little more absurd after that, with JOAN BLONDELL as another newspaper reporter looking for a scoop.

The comedy aspect is anything but subtle as Blondell and Brent seem to be trying to upstage each other for laughs as the story strives for a good blend of mystery and mirth. Since it becomes obvious early on that most of the comic elements are pretty stale, you have to pin your hopes that the mystery element will be handled a lot better.

LESLIE BROOKS is attractive as a studio secretary with she and ADELE JERGENS providing the glamor appeal as stunning blondes. As fumbling reporters turning sleuth to solve the case, Blondell and Brent try hard but are less than amusing as they look for leads.

The plot thickens with the murder of a studio publicity director, but the accent still remains on comedy until the merry mix-up is solved after Brent has several run-ins with the killer.

Not too bad as these programmers go, with the final ten minutes filling in a lot of background info that's kept "in the dark" for most of the running time. Brent proves his comedy flair needed some fine tuning but Blondell is one step ahead of him in that department. GRANT WITHERS makes a good red herring in a minor role.

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