🎥 The Bride Came C.O.D. – 1941
The Story …
Pilot Steve Collins (James Cagney) agrees to help bandleader Alan Brice (Jack Carson) and heiress Joan Winfield (Bette Davis) elope.
Steve then contacts her father Lucius (Eugene Pallette), offering to prevent the marriage and deliver her to him in return for enough money to get out of debt.
Steve tricks Alan into getting off the aircraft, then takes off with Joan. When an irate Joan tries to jump out of the aircraft, Steve sees that she has her parachute on backwards and is forced to crash land near the ghost town of Bonanza.
The next morning, they encounter the lone resident, “Pop” Tolliver (Harry Davenport). Joan escapes into an abandoned mine.
When Steve follows her, they are trapped by a cave-in. Steve finds a way out, but hides it from Joan on the advice of Pop. Believing that they are going to die, Joan re-examines her frivolous life with great regret. Steve admits he loves her, but when he kisses her, she tastes food on his lips and realizes he has found a way out.
They exit the mine to find that Alan has tracked them down, accompanied by a Nevada judge.
Steve does not object when Alan and Joan get married, hiding the fact that Bonanza is in California and therefore the wedding is invalid.
The “newlyweds” board another aircraft, but when Joan figures out that they are not really married, she parachutes out to be reunited with Steve.
They get married with her father’s approval and honeymoon in Bonanza.
- Directed by William Keighley
- Screenplay by M. M. Musselman, Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein
- Story by Kenneth Earl
- Produced by Hal B. Wallis
- Cinematography : Ernest Haller
- Edited by Thomas Richards
- Music by Max Steiner
- Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
- Release Date : July 12, 1941
- James Cagney as Steve Collins
- Bette Davis as Joan Winfield
- Stuart Erwin as Tommy Keenan
- Eugene Pallette as Lucius K. Winfield
- Jack Carson as Alan Brice
- George Tobias as Peewee Dafoe
- Harry Davenport as “Pop” Tolliver
- William Frawley as Sheriff McGee
- Edward Brophy as Hinkle
- Harry Holman as Judge Sobler
- Chick Chandler as 1st Reporter
- Douglas Kennedy as 2nd Reporter (credited as Keith Douglas)
- Herbert Anderson as 3rd Reporter
- William Newell as McGee’s Pilot
- William Hopper as Keenan’s Pilot (credited as DeWolf Hopper)
- Charles Sullivan as Ambulance Driver
- Eddy Chandler, Tony Hughes, and Lee Phelps as Policemen
- Jean Ames as Mabel
- Alphonse Martell as Headwaiter
- The Rogers Dancers as Dance Trio
- Peggy Diggins as 1st Operator
- Mary Brodel as 2nd Operator
- Olaf Hytten as Winfield’s Valet
- James Flavin as Interrogating Detective
- Sam Hayes as Announcer
- William Justice as Airline Dispatcher
- Lester Towne, Richard Clayton, Garland Smith, and Claude Wisberg as Newsboys
- Lucia Carroll as Steve’s Airplane Date
- Peter Ashley as Reporter in Amarillo
- Jack Mower as Reporter/ Photographer #6
- John Ridgely, Saul Gorss,Creighton Hale, and Garrett Craig
- William Forrest as Asst. Dist. Atty. Edwards
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