The Bride came C.O.D.

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The Bride Came C.O.D. ★★ 1941

Rough'n'tough pilot Cagney is hired by a rich Texas oil man to prevent his daughter (the one with the Bette Davis eyes) from marrying cheesy bandleader Carson. The payoff: $10 per pound if she's delivered unwed. What a surprise when Cagney faces the timeworn dilemma of having to choose between love and money. A contemporary issue of “Time” magazine trumpeted: “Screen's most talented tough guy rough-houses one of screen's best dramatic actresses.” That Kintells you right there it's a romantic comedy. Cagney and Davis—a likely pairing, you'd think—are essentially fish out of water, bothered and bewildered by a weak script. 92m/B VHS, DVD. Bette Davis, James Cagney, Stuart Erwin, Jack Carson, George Tobias, Eugene Pallette, William Frawley; D: William Keighley; W: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein; M: Max Steiner.