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

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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 »

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Steve Collins: This is Californie, they were married by a justice of the peace from Nevada, so legally they're not married.
Lucius K. Winfield: Well if they're not married, that's fine.
Steve Collins: But they THINK they're married! And they're flying back to Los Angeles for their honeymoon!
Lucius K. Winfield: They think they are and they're not?
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Lucius K. Winfield: That's the funniest thing I've heard in years! They think they are and they're not! And they've gone back for their honeymoon?
[stops laughing]
Lucius K. Winfield: What am I laughing about? That's my daughter.
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The opening credits appear on a series of luggage tags. See more »

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Bridal Chorus
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played by the orchestra at the Embassy Club after the engagement announcement
Sung a cappella by reporters at the wedding
Played on the harmonium by Harry Davenport at the wedding
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A Tumbleweed Comedy
23 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bette Davis, in her autobiography The Lonely Life, didn't have to much good to say about this film. It's true the critics thought that this film was beneath the talents of Davis and Cagney, but time proves otherwise. Some films just seem to age like a bottle of fine wine which makes this movie play better today than it did when it was first released. So, the story goes, our Bette was doing a lot of tear jerker's and I guess Warners thought it was time for her to take a breather and do a light comedy for a change of pace. What's amazing is that here we have two Acadamy Award winners playing hoke and camp with La Davis spending most of her time falling on top of cactus plants and screaming! The musical score by Max Stiener is just fine and dandy and the funniest part in the film is when Davis deiced she's going to run away from Cagney in an automobile that hardly can run after Henry Davenport locks Cagney up in the town jail. So, she and Davenport get in the car. The car starts down the hill with the song In My Merry Oldsmbile being played and Cagney laughing so bad that you have to laugh with him as the car makes all kinds of noise and sputtering when it finally turns over, and I'm surprised that somehow they didn't find a way for our Bette to fall on top of another cactus plant! Even though Davis said that they really didn't like making this movie, it seems to me, when viewing it, that Davis and Cagney, with the rest of the cast were having a lot of fun making it! You could never remake this film and make it work today. I mean, who would you get to play the roles? Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston? But, on second thought, it would be hilarious to see Aniston falling on top of cactus plants!


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