15/11/2010

Forgotten Gem: The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)

I know what you're thinking: "Has she honestly done the unthinkable and chosen a film not from the 80s or 90s?" Yes, yes I have. Since actors of the Hollywood golden age were contracted to make films in their sleep there are a plethora of films hidden in the vault. Some are good, some are not so good and some should be watched either way because they star James Cagney and Bette Davis, quite possibly the two finest actors to ever grace the silver screen. Here's the trailer. It's in black and white and doesn't feature a song by The Prodigy so you know it's old.


Apart from both being the dog's genitalia, Davis and Cagney were similarly held back by their trademark performances (her as the bitch, him as the gangster), so when this slapstick comedy came out it's no surprise that audiences weren't particularly interested. In recent years most have given The Bride Came C.O.D the respect it deserves so go on, give it whirl. If it fails to impress just watch Yankee Doodle Dandy. That's fucking brilliant.