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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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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 !


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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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 »


Steve Collins: That dame. Undoubtedly the outstanding screwball of her generation.
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Cagney and Davis? C'mon now. It just doesn't get any better.
10 July 2010 | by (SF, CA) – See all my reviews

I can see why some people who admire the actor's dramas might complain. Gone with the Wind, it ain't. But it wasn't trying to be, and you do get a host of Hollywood legends, all in top form, doing exactly what they did best.

Airplane lovers will also appreciate the potpourri of period light passenger aircraft, and the scenery and sets are top notch.

The chemistry between Cagney and Davis is great, there's no scene stealing and it's just plain fun to watch. It's kind of sad to hear the treatment it received at the time from both the actors and critics. I wish they'd made ten more. Light-hearted and easy on the soul. One of my all time favorites.

Side note: I met Bette Davis in a store in Westport, CT and she quizzed me about a reversible blender we were both looking at. I was picking one up for my friend Mary. She was very nice--and smoking of course.

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