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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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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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Douglas Kennedy ...
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)  »

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Die Braut kam per Nachnahme  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

Ann Sheridan was originally scheduled to play the Bette Davis role but was on suspension by Warners. See more »

Goofs

When Steve and Joan stumble into the abandoned ghost town and find Pops, he is living a meager existence with just kerosene lamps for light and a wood burning stove for heat. But he somehow has electricity for his radio. See more »

Quotes

Joan Winfield: [pushes the dresser against the door to keep Steve out, he climbs in the window behind her, singsong] I'd like to see I'd like to see you taaaaaake me!
Steve Collins: [mocking singsong voice] Anything to oblige, anything to oblige, anything to oblige a laaaaady!
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Oh! Susanna
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Music by Stephen Foster
Played during the scene at the ghost town stable
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Great fun
29 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two remarkable professionals, Bette Davis and James Cagney, unite for this Warner Brothers comedy, "The Bride Came C.O.D." Cagney is a pilot who is hired by Joan's (Davis) father to deliver her -- unmarried -- to him after Joan announces she is en route to marry a bandleader, Alan Brice (Jack Carson). Her father (Eugene Palette) agrees to pay the freight charges, which is by the pound. Cagney needs the money to save his plane from repossession. The plane goes down when Joan puts a parachute on backwards and tries to jump out - in doing insane manuevers to keep her in the plane, it gives out, and the two get stranded near a ghost town which has one survivor (Harry Davenport).

Davis looks great and is obviously having a ball. Cagney handles the role with his usual confident swagger and two play off one another beautifully. One of Cagney's best scenes occurs when he's locked up in jail and Pop and Joan take off in a jalopy that will obviously only take them a mile or so. He laughs uncontrollably. And their scenes together in the cave are priceless.

Cagney and Davis make a great team - she's so sincere and dramatic, and he always has an angle - it was really an inspired idea to get them together for a comedy. Wish it had happened more often.


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