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The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)

 -  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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Tommy Keenan
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Lucius K. Winfield
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Allen Brice
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Peewee
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Pop Tolliver
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Sheriff McGee
Edward Brophy ...
Hinkle
Harry Holman ...
Judge Sobler
Chick Chandler ...
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Second Reporter (as Keith Douglas)
Herbert Anderson ...
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William Newell ...
McGee's Pilot
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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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She Came Collect and his heart paid the freight . . . in the year's romantic explosion !

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Comedy | Romance

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12 July 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Braut kam per Nachnahme  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The term "C.O.D." of the title stands for 'Collect on Delivery'. 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

Pop Tolliver: Who's down there, or I'll shoot!
Steve Collins: Well, go ahead and shoot - only make sure you aim at me!
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Soundtracks

Ochi Tchornya (Dark Eyes)
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Traditional Russian ballad
Played by the orchestra at the Embassy Club for The Rogers Dancers act
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Screwball comedy with fine performances
13 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A foreign friend once told me that he just didn't "get" James Cagney; "nobody acts like that." And I have to admit that the performances where I most enjoy Cagney are where he plays off his typical character -- "Yankee Doodle Dandy", for example. This is one such film. We don't usually associate Cagney with comedy, and he seems a bit relaxed here...and it's delightful. Similarly, we usually think Bette Davis as a dramatic actress, and she shines here because her character is spunky and irreverent, and there are just enough opportunities for her to display her sharp tongue. She, too, is delightful. William Frawley, Eugene Palette (with his barrel voice and barrel body) and Stu Erwin are great additions to the cast, but one of my favorite character actors -- Harry Davenport (as in the doctor in "Gone With The WInd") really shines here as a character quite different from what he usually plays. Jack Carson should have been a bit disappointed with his role...sort of wasted, although essential to the story line.

The plot is screwball, so somewhat unbelievable, but this is a film to savor for the performances (particularly the chemistry between Davis and Cagney) and the setting (a busted gold mine town). Highly recommended.


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