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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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The term "C.O.D." of the title stands for 'Collect on Delivery'. 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: [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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Featured in Brother Can You Spare a Dime (1975) See more »


My Little Buckaroo
Music by M.K. Jerome
Played on the phonograph at the ghost town hotel
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The miracle of lowered expectations
27 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had always avoided this flick because I love both its stars and had read and heard not-so-flattering things about it. Finally caught up with it on the beautiful DVD transfer, and was either laughing or smiling from beginning to end, and believe me that's a rarity! How nice to see all those naysayers proved wrong. Granted, this is one of the most contrived and tortured "meet cute" setups in screwball history, but the plot mechanics are dispensed with quickly and it's all Cagney and Davis at their most sparkling from there on. I actually think it's best to watch this not knowing what happens, so I'll just say WATCH IT if you have a liking for either -- or both -- of these stars. And the Epstein-brothers' script is hilarious; it should be studied by today's comedy writers.

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