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Theodora Goes Wild (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 12 November 1936 (USA)
The author of a controversially racy best-selling book tries to hide her celebrity status from her provincial small-town neighbors, who'd be scandalized if they knew.

Writers:

Sidney Buchman (screen play), Mary McCarthy (from an original story by)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Theodora Lynn
Melvyn Douglas ... Michael Grant
Thomas Mitchell ... Jed Waterbury
Thurston Hall ... Arthur Stevenson
Elisabeth Risdon ... Aunt Mary
Margaret McWade ... Aunt Elsie
Spring Byington ... Rebecca Perry
Nana Bryant ... Ethel Stevenson
Henry Kolker ... Jonathan Grant
Leona Maricle ... Agnes Grant
Robert Greig ... Uncle John
Frederick Burton ... Governor Wyatt
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Storyline

The small-town prudes of Lynnfield are up in arms over 'The Sinner,' a sexy best-seller. They little suspect that author 'Caroline Adams' is really Theodora Lynn, scion of the town's leading family. Michael Grant, devil-may-care book jacket illustrator, penetrates Theodora's incognito and sets out to 'free her' from Lynnfield against her will. But Michael has a secret too, and gets a taste of his own medicine. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Irene Dunne in a riotous romantic comedy! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Theodora Goes Wild See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 29, 1943 with Irene Dunne reprising her film role with often paired co-star Cary Grant. See more »

Goofs

When the train is heard at the station, a shot of a train is shown with locomotive #1333 in the lead followed by another locomotive. However, when the train pulls into the station, the number on the locomotive has changed to #1374 and the second one has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Theodora Lynn: Michael, you idiot.
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Connections

Referenced in Timeless: Hollywoodland (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Pop! Goes the Weasel
(uncredited)
Traditional 17th century English song
Whistled by Melvyn Douglas
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Turnabout is fair play
5 March 2007 | by d_nuttleSee all my reviews

Smalltown girl writes steamy novels under a pen name, is drawn out of her shell by a big-city playboy, and then returns the favor, to his horror.

The script may not have been the sharpest, but Dunne and Douglas are both terrific. Especially Dunne, who (if you ask me) showed how to do the Katherine Hepburn thing better than Katherine Hepburn. Of all the Hollywood movies I can think of in which the suave playboy goads the downhome gal only to find that he's seized a bear by the ears, this one is the best. An added virtue is that the makers of this movie understood that most important principle, i.e., romantic comedies should be short and sweet. At about 100 minutes, this movie doesn't drag.

The movie does have its oddities and annoyances, like the idea that out-of-tune whistling can ever be considered funny. Another shot that really irritated me was one in which they evidently closed a door on a cat's tail to get the "comical" reaction. That was definitely not funny.

But overall there's a lot of fun to be found in this movie. And the last line, a mere three words, are the single best ending to a romantic comedy that I've ever seen.


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