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Release Date:
12 July 1941 (USA) See more »
She Came Collect and his heart paid the freight . . . in the year's romantic explosion !
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... Steve Collins

Bette Davis ... Joan Winfield

Stuart Erwin ... Tommy Keenan

Eugene Pallette ... Lucius K. Winfield

Jack Carson ... Allen Brice

George Tobias ... Peewee

Harry Davenport ... Pop Tolliver

William Frawley ... Sheriff McGee
Edward Brophy ... Hinkle
Harry Holman ... Judge Sobler

Chick Chandler ... First Reporter
Douglas Kennedy ... Second Reporter (as Keith Douglas)
Herbert Anderson ... 3rd Reporter
William Newell ... McGee's Pilot

William Hopper ... Keenan's Pilot (as DeWolf Hopper)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sol Gorss ... Reporters' Pilot (scenes deleted)
Jean Ames ... Mabel - Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
Peter Ashley ... Reporter in Amarillo (uncredited)
Mary Brodel ... KFWB Operator #2 (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Radio Station Man in Booth (uncredited)
Bob Brossard ... Junior Flight Officer (uncredited)
George Campeau ... Reporter in Amarillo (uncredited)
Lucia Carroll ... Steve's Airplane Date (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Policeman - Driver of Car #64 (uncredited)
Richard Clayton ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Garrett Craig ... Flight Officer (uncredited)
Jimmy the Crow ... Pop Tolliver's Crow (uncredited)
George Davis ... Embassy Club Waiter (uncredited)
Peggy Diggins ... KFWB Operator #1 (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Interrogating Detective (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Asst. Dist. Atty. Edwards (uncredited)
John Gallaudet ... Winfield's First Pilot (uncredited)
Paul Gustine ... Embassy Club Patron (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Reporter #5 (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Embassy Club Patron (uncredited)
Sam Hayes ... Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Charles Anthony Hughes ... Policeman in Car #64 (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Winfield's Valet (uncredited)
Reid Kilpatrick ... Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Max Linder ... Embassy Club Doorman (uncredited)
Paul Mantz ... Winfield's Second Pilot (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Embassy Club Headwaiter (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Reporter / Photographer #4 (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Reporter / Photographer #6 (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Policeman at Interrogation (uncredited)
The Rogers Dancers ... Dance Trio at Embassy Club (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Airport Mechanic (uncredited)
Garland Smith ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Charlie - Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Lester Towne ... Newsboy (uncredited)

Richard Travis ... Airline Dispatcher (uncredited)
Claude Wisberg ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Victor Zimmerman ... Aeronautics Division Official (uncredited)

Directed by
William Keighley 
Writing credits
Kenneth Earl (from the story by) and
M.M. Musselman (from the story by)

Julius J. Epstein (screen play) and
Philip G. Epstein (screen play)

Produced by
William Cagney .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (director of photography) (as Ernie Haller)
Film Editing by
Thomas Richards (film editor)
Art Direction by
Ted Smith 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Heath .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
Special Effects by
Byron Haskin .... special effects
Rex Wimpy .... special effects
Harry Froboess .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Mantz .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Floyd Nolta .... stunts (uncredited)
Audrey Scott .... stunt double: Bette Davis (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements
Ray Heindorf .... orchestral arrangements
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.)

Additional Details

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USA:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

Ann Sheridan was originally scheduled to play the Bette Davis role but was on suspension by Warners.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Joan Winfield:[singsong] I'm not going anywhere with you!
Steve Collins:Oh yes you are!
Joan Winfield:No I'm not I'm not I'm nooooot.
Steve Collins:Then Stevie will just have to come in and taaaake you!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Breakdowns of 1941 (1941)See more »
Jeanie with the Light Brown HairSee more »


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36 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
My very favorite movie., 19 February 2006
Author: rondaleroi from United States

When I watch a movie, I like to laugh, and that's why this is my favorite movie of all time.

It's the only pairing of James Cagney and Bette Davis, and the sparks do fly. You might call this a variation on the theme of "It Happened One Night." James Cagney plays a cargo pilot asked to aid in an elopement that would result in a disastrous marriage for an heiress. Her father offers him payment if he delivers her home unmarried. The ending is predictable, but the journey to it is not. Great fun.

Oh, I know there are so many other "important" and wonderful movies out there. I love a lot of them. But rarely has one tickled and surprised me the way this one did.

Let others favor the big famous movies. I'll take this little gem.

I'm surprised that more people haven't recognized its charm.

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