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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Keenan
Lucius K. Winfield
Allen Brice
Pop Tolliver
Sheriff McGee
Edward Brophy ...
Harry Holman ...
Judge Sobler
First Reporter
Douglas Kennedy ...
Second Reporter (as Keith Douglas)
Herbert Anderson ...
3rd Reporter
William Newell ...
McGee's Pilot
Keenan's Pilot (as DeWolf Hopper)


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 <>

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She Came Collect and his heart paid the freight . . . in the year's romantic explosion !


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Release Date:

12 July 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Braut kam per Nachnahme  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Joan Winfield: [singsong] I'm not going anywhere with you!
Steve Collins: Oh yes you are!
Joan Winfield: No I'm not I'm not I'm nooooot.
Steve Collins: Then Stevie will just have to come in and taaaake you!
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Referenced in Breakdowns of 1941 (1941) See more »


Trade Winds
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 (USA) – See 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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