The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)

94 mins | Comedy | 12 July 1941

Director:

William Keighley

Cinematographer:

Ernest Haller

Editor:

Thomas Richards

Production Designer:

Ted Smith

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

A news item in HR notes that actor Keith Douglas' name was changed by Warner Bros. from Douglas Kennedy to avoid confusion with Arthur Kennedy. News items in HR add the following information: Ann Sheridan was originally cast in the film, but lost the part because of a dispute with the studio. Cliff Nazarro was tested for a part. Paul Mantz, a noted flyer and stunt pilot is included as a cast member in a HR production chart. It is probable that Mantz also performed some of the film's flying sequences. Although the HR review stated that this film marked the first time Bette Davis and James Cagney starred together, they had earlier starred in the 1934 Warner Bros. film Jimmy the Gent . (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.2218). Bob Hope starred with Hedy Lamarr in a 29 Dec 1941 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story. Lux Video Theatre produced a version on 28 Jul ... More Less

A news item in HR notes that actor Keith Douglas' name was changed by Warner Bros. from Douglas Kennedy to avoid confusion with Arthur Kennedy. News items in HR add the following information: Ann Sheridan was originally cast in the film, but lost the part because of a dispute with the studio. Cliff Nazarro was tested for a part. Paul Mantz, a noted flyer and stunt pilot is included as a cast member in a HR production chart. It is probable that Mantz also performed some of the film's flying sequences. Although the HR review stated that this film marked the first time Bette Davis and James Cagney starred together, they had earlier starred in the 1934 Warner Bros. film Jimmy the Gent . (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.2218). Bob Hope starred with Hedy Lamarr in a 29 Dec 1941 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story. Lux Video Theatre produced a version on 28 Jul 1955. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Jul 41
p. 327.
Box Office
28 Jun 1941.
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Daily Variety
27 Jun 41
p 3.
Film Daily
2 Jul 1941.
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Hollywood Reporter
25 Nov 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Nov 40
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jan 41
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 41
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Feb 41
p. 27.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jun 41
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
5 Jul 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
22 Feb 41
p. 61.
New York Times
26 Jul 41
p. 18.
Variety
2 Jul 41
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Orch arr
Orch arr
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 July 1941
Production Date:
early January--late February 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 July 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10585
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
94
Length(in feet):
8,232
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

At the urging of radio gossip broadcaster Tommy Keenan, oil heiress Joan Winfield and band leader Allen Brice decide to elope to Las Vegas. Keenan charters an airplane for the trip from pilot Steve Collins, whose only plane is about to be repossessed by a finance company. Steve is something of a ladies' man but misrepresents himself as a married man and the father of two children in order to remain unattached until he can afford to purchase a fleet of planes. When Joan's father, Lucius K. Winfield, learns of his daughter's pending marriage from Tommy's broadcast, he telephones the airfield to stop the flight. Steve offers to deliver Joan, unwed, to Amarillo, Texas--as far as he can fly without refueling--for ten dollars per pound of her weight, a sum that will enable him to pay his debt. Through a ruse, Steve causes Allen and Tommy to leave the plane and takes off with Joan, explaining to her that she is being kidnapped. Joan offers Steve twice the ransom he is asking if he will take her back to Los Angeles. When he refuses, she attempts to parachute from the plane, but Steve keeps her inside by banking the plane sharply. In the process, the plane is damaged and Steve is forced to land in the desert. Meanwhile, Tommy and Allen board a plane for Amarillo, hoping to intercept Steve and Joan. After spending the night in the desert, Joan spots a town on the horizon and she and Steve investigate. At first, they believe the town of Bonanza is uninhabited, but when they see a plume of smoke, and follow ... +


At the urging of radio gossip broadcaster Tommy Keenan, oil heiress Joan Winfield and band leader Allen Brice decide to elope to Las Vegas. Keenan charters an airplane for the trip from pilot Steve Collins, whose only plane is about to be repossessed by a finance company. Steve is something of a ladies' man but misrepresents himself as a married man and the father of two children in order to remain unattached until he can afford to purchase a fleet of planes. When Joan's father, Lucius K. Winfield, learns of his daughter's pending marriage from Tommy's broadcast, he telephones the airfield to stop the flight. Steve offers to deliver Joan, unwed, to Amarillo, Texas--as far as he can fly without refueling--for ten dollars per pound of her weight, a sum that will enable him to pay his debt. Through a ruse, Steve causes Allen and Tommy to leave the plane and takes off with Joan, explaining to her that she is being kidnapped. Joan offers Steve twice the ransom he is asking if he will take her back to Los Angeles. When he refuses, she attempts to parachute from the plane, but Steve keeps her inside by banking the plane sharply. In the process, the plane is damaged and Steve is forced to land in the desert. Meanwhile, Tommy and Allen board a plane for Amarillo, hoping to intercept Steve and Joan. After spending the night in the desert, Joan spots a town on the horizon and she and Steve investigate. At first, they believe the town of Bonanza is uninhabited, but when they see a plume of smoke, and follow it, they find lone resident Pop Tolliver waiting to cook them breakfast. After Joan signals a search plane, Allen and Lucius rush separately to retrieve her. Unaware of the new developments, Steve locks Joan in the town jail until he can fix his plane. She escapes and, followed closely by Steve, heads for an abandoned mine shaft, where she causes a cave-in that traps them inside. Leaving Joan behind, Steve searches for an escape route and winds up back at Pop's. Pop convinces Steve to keep Joan in the mine until Lucius arrives, but his plans are thwarted when, after Steve admits he is not married and has fallen in love with Joan, she learns that he knows a way out and demands that he free her from the mine. Then Allen and Tommy arrive with a Nevada judge and a flock of reporters. Unknown to them, Bonanza is actually in California, and realizing that this would nullify any marriage performed by a Nevada judge, Steve suggests they perform the marriage ceremony there. Lucius' plane is heard overhead and just when it looks as if everything will work out for Steve, Joan and Allen fly off for Los Angeles. When Joan realizes that her marriage is not legal, however, she happily parachutes out of the plane and lands on a cactus. Her anguished screams bring Steve and Lucius running. Later, Joan and Steve wed and honeymoon with Lucius and Pop in Bonanza. +

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