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The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)

Approved | | Biography, 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
Harry Holman ...
Judge Sobler
First Reporter
Second Reporter (as Keith Douglas)
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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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12 July 1941 (USA)  »

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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 »


Pop Tolliver: Remember that bullet I whizzed right past your head?
Steve Collins: Yeah, for a minute I thought you trying to hit me.
Pop Tolliver: I was.
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Crazy Credits

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


Crazy Rhythm
Music by Joseph Meyer and Roger Wolfe Kahn
Played by the orchestra at the Embassy Club for The Rogers Dancers act
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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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