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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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William Keighley

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Kenneth Earl (from the story by), M.M. Musselman (from the story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 William Newell ... McGee's Pilot
William Hopper ... Keenan's Pilot (as DeWolf Hopper)
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Braut kam per Nachnahme See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lux Radio Theatre presented an adaptation of this movie on CBS on December 29, 1941, starring Bob Hope and Hedy Lamarr. See more »

Goofs

The American Airlines plane Brice is shown boarding in Los Angeles is not the same one he gets off at Amarillo. The registration of the departing plane is NC16006. The one that arrives in Amarillo is NC21752. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tommy Keenan: Hello Charlie! Got anybody important in there?
Charlie - Ambulance Driver: No Mr. Keenan, just a drop.
Tommy Keenan: [irritatedly dissapointed] Why do ya bother with small fry?
[to policemen in the car with him]
Tommy Keenan: Just an hour till I go on the air and not one, single, juicy item. You boys have certainly let me down.
Policeman - Driver of Car #64: You're the one who was beepin' for reformin' Los Angeles; now that you got it, you're beepin' again.
Tommy Keenan: Hmph, I'll bet five minutes after I go off the air the whole town will break loose.
Policeman in Car #64: I always said, Tommy, you ...
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear on a series of luggage tags. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Breakdowns of 1941 (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
(1854) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
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The miracle of lowered expectations
27 March 2008 | by William222See 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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