The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)
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as Steve Collins
as Joan Winfield
as Lucius K. Winfield
as Tommy Keenan
as Allen Brice
as Pop Tolliver
as Sheriff McGee
as Judge Sobler
as 1st Reporter
as McGee's Pilot
as Keenan's Pilot
as Airport Mechanic
as Airline dispatcher
as Second operator
as Reporters' Pilot
as First operator
as Ambulance driver
Critic Reviews for The Bride Came C.O.D.
Great stars having a blast overcome a plodding plot.
a forced comedy that fails to show its two stars to their best advantage
Audience Reviews for The Bride Came C.O.D.
A great screwball comedy... Sure it had been done once or twice before, and it was done a dozen times following... but this one is a classic on merit alone. Davis and Cagney were the top two Warner's actors at the time and had fought their own respective legal battles with the studio in the years prior, as well as being very good friends. This film catches them at the tops of their game, just being allowed to be silly and have fun in a movie no one really expected much out of. The formula works and though the pacing isn't the best, hang-in because it's worth it. Saturday afternoon popcorn film.
I'm convinced that some of the brilliance of this little gem must come via inspiration for the writers gleaned from It Happened One Night. I do not know Bette Davis's oeuvre well enough to be sure, but I'll bet one dollar she never regretted doing this screwball comedy. She performs her romantic co-lead beautifully, and she surely looks like she's having a great deal of fun doing it.
James Cagney too, I think, is very often only remembered for his dramatic roles, more specifically, his heavy dramatic roles. But when you see him romping through this fluffy little fairy-tale romance, you can't help but notice both that he is a very good comedic actor and that he seems to be enjoying himself as well.
For Davis fans and for Cagney fans this is a must-see, and for huge Jack Carson fans like me, this should not be missed.
As all of his fans know only too well (and usually hate) poor Jack Carson gets the raw end of the deal again : ) He really does make any film he's in better. Truly a remarkable actor.
Cagney and Davis are fantastic together, and the story is really outrageous, it's so very funny. This is a great movie.
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