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The Bride Came C.O.D. -- Screen legends Bette Davis and James Cagney star in this screwball comedy about a madcap collision of strong wills, romance and money when The Bride Came C.O.D.
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Kenneth Earl (from the story by) and
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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.)

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

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James Cagney's aircraft was a Bellanca 31-55 Senior Skyrocket, Bellanca serial number 806, registered NC14700.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Sheriff McGee:If there's nobody else here, why are you cooking six eggs?
Pop Tolliver:I always eat six eggs for breakfast.
Sheriff McGee:[sees the table] And do you always eat those six eggs on three plates?
Pop Tolliver:No, those other two are for Coco here.
[the black bird perches on his arm]
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19 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A Tumbleweed Comedy, 23 May 2006
Author: joseph952001 from United States

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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