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I love Cagney, Davis, Carson and several of the others in this film. I was also very excited to see them all together in a comedy(!). But unfortunately I really couldn't like this movie. I wanted it to be funny and awesome - I tried so hard to like it, but there was just something wrong with it. I think everyone did a great job in their roles but it just wasn't funny. Like, Davis kept falling in the cactus - not funny. There was something even unnerving and uncomfortable about it. Maybe there was a pervading sense of awkwardness about the whole film. I can't put my finger on it because I think it was well acted. And the story seemed to be good ground for a comedy. But with all those wonderful actors in it maybe I just expected more than I got.
Cagney & Davis - A Great Team
- Bruce Reber
In "The Bride Came C.O.D." both James Cagney and Bette Davis play against type (Cagney known mainly for his gangster films and Davis mainly for her fine dramatic roles) in a very funny comedy from Warner Bros.(1941). Some of the scenes are essentially slapstick comedy, and they have very good chemistry together. This was the only time they shared the screen - Warner Bros. should have paired them in another film. William Frawley is funny as the sheriff, a decade before he played Fred Mertz in the classic TV sitcom "I Love Lucy".
Davis-Cagney comedy winner
- jarrod McDonald
There are a bunch of myths surrounding this production. Comments are perpetuated that the stars did not want to do the project, that they did not get along, that the a rewrite was ordered, etc. I think we need to look at the finished product. It's a great screwball comedy and it holds up better than a lot of other fluff made around the same time. I think Bette Davis and James Cagney were professionals and so was director William Keighley. They may've had to brave sweltering temperatures in Death Valley (like Lillian Gish did in 'The Wind') but they focused on the material and turned out an above-average picture. I think the script is very intelligent, and if you really look at the characters and think about the journey they are on, and some of the more subversive elements of the plot, you will see just how great and underrated it is. Davis, incidentally, made other comedies in the 1940s. Check out 'The Man Who Came to Dinner' and 'June Bride.'
I like it!
I think this was a good, funny movie. It was not one of Ms. Davis' or Mr. Cagney's "Oscar winners", but I enjoyed it. It was typical of the 30's and early 40's screwball comedies with the supporting cast being "veterans" of that genre.
The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)
- Jay Higgins
This is not regarded as one of Bette Davis or James Cagney's better films, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel it is very underrated. It's great to see Davis take a stab at comedy, a nice change of pace for her and she handles it great. In spite of the fact the two stars did not get along well at all, it doesn't show in the film.
Who'd Have Thought Davis & Cagney Comedy?
Granted James Cagney and Bette Davis were in a prior comedy, "Jimmy the Gent" (1934). But that film tended to be more of a drama. "The Bride..." pulls out all the stops to be screwball comedy. Belive it or not, it works. Cagney does his usual tricks and Davis is her usual good sport about it. Like in "Jimmy..." (1934), these two great actors' characters wind up in love and together. Very fun romp.
Very Amusing Davis and Cagney Film
Since I'm not a fan of Cagney's, I put off watching this film for years until TCM broadcast it. I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised by how well these two great actors performed a madcap kind of comedy. I'd watch it again.
Davis and Cagney Comedy That Works
I'm usually not a big fan of James Cagney, but after watching him in this film, acting with Bette Davis, I've changed my mind. Cagney was too typecast as a rough neck, gangster, or yankee doodler. During this film he shows find acting skill. His antics with Bette Davis, who plays an awfully good sport, are charming much more than alarming. Bette Davis is always good as a comedian,especially when she's playing the"straight man." Both Davis and Cagney are adorable throughout this film. It works surprisingly well. Who knew?
It Works Well: Cagney & Davis
It's a riot watching Cagney put Davis through a good deal of screwball rough stuff. I wouldn't have thought it before hand, but this film really works. Cagney's a small commericial pilot whose business is about to go under. Davis is a betrothed daughter of a tycoon who winds up with Cagney piloting her supposedly back home. But, his plane ditches in a desert area. That's when their antics really crank up. Plus, they kinda make a cute couple, in the end. I'll watch it whenever I need some comic relief.
The Flick Was G.O.O.D
A nice screwball comedy with Cagney and Bette Davis. Though not the best use of their talents, the film is still a lot of fun with many good moments. I would love to have seen these two naturals in a serious drama together. Though Davis seemed a little out of her element, Cagney's comedic timing was great. Favorite scene: in the cave, they kiss, and Davis detects that Cagney has been secretly eating..."Mustard!" (You'll have to watch it yourself!)
The Bride Came C.O.D.
Very Pallette-able screwball.
one of the funniest movies i've seen especially since james cagney isn't known for his comedic abilities