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

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


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 »


Pop Tolliver: What do you want with your eggs, bacon or ham?
Steve Collins: Bacon.
Joan Winfield: Ham.
Pop Tolliver: Okay, you'll both get bacon because I don't feel like cutting into a new ham.
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Featured in Brother Can You Spare a Dime (1975) See more »


Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
(1854) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
In the score when Tommy Keenan is shown in a stupor
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Servicable Comedy with Two Great Stars

Bette Davis and Jimmy Cagney had been teamed once before in "Jimmy the Gent", also a comedy. That picture and this one are two of the relatively rare Bette Davis comedies. Jimmy the Gent was pleasant and fast moving, and featured the two stars relatively early in their career's. Here, they are both at the top of their game, and they elevate the mediocre material into something fast paced, fun, and easy to watch. It's a real pleasure to see two of the screen's greatest stars together. Nothing great, but definitely worth seeing for fans of the stars or of screwball comedies of that era.

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