A screwball item, The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941) is stale in several ways and obtuse in several others, but you could certainly do worse for sight gags and one-liners.

It tells of a charter pilot (James Cagney) hired by a tycoon to keep the latter’s daughter (Bette Davis) from marrying an unsuitable man.  The grand prevention requires the use of an aircraft. . . The best thing here is Davis, fully committed to her role.  Now classy, now sexy, she is also necessarily and beautifully buoyant.  As for Cagney, he was ever the cheerful man’s man; it’s no surprise that he finally became a political conservative.

Cover of "The Bride Came C.O.D."

Cover of The Bride Came C.O.D.