Theodora Goes Wild

Theodora Goes Wild

Director: Richard Boleslawski

Cast: Irene Dunne, Melvyn Douglas, Thomas Mitchell

     
 

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After six years' worth of tragic and noble roles, Irene Dunne began a new phase in her career as a top comedienne in Theodora Goes Wild. She plays a prim small-town schoolteacher, raised in an oppressive environment by two maiden aunts. Seeking surreptitious adventure, Dunne writes a steamy romance novel in her spare time--which becomes a scandalous best-sellerSee more details below

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After six years' worth of tragic and noble roles, Irene Dunne began a new phase in her career as a top comedienne in Theodora Goes Wild. She plays a prim small-town schoolteacher, raised in an oppressive environment by two maiden aunts. Seeking surreptitious adventure, Dunne writes a steamy romance novel in her spare time--which becomes a scandalous best-seller. Heading to the big city to meet her publisher, Irene has a fling with the artist (Melvyn Douglas) who has designed the dust jacket for her book. Though on surface a Manhattan sophisticate, Douglas is just as trapped as Dunne had been in her small town; he's saddled with a nasty wife and insufferable parents. Both Douglas and Dunne free themselves of those who'd hold them down, and find happiness together. To round out the happy ending, Dunne's small town, which had ostracized her for writing her "hot" novel, welcomes her back with a brass band when the book puts the town on the map. If Theodora Goes Wild doesn't seem quite as funny now as it did in 1936, it is only because most of its satirical targets (notably the shocked spinster aunts) have ceased to exist.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
If Theodora Goes Wild falls just a little bit short of being a truly classic screwball comedy (like Bringing Up Baby or My Man Godfrey), it's certainly not for want of trying on the part of the actress assaying the title role. Recognizing her chance to break out in new directions, Irene Dunne grabs Theodora (the part and the movie) and runs with them for all they're worth. It's a delicious, irresistible star turn by a delicious, irresistible star, and the joy, the skill, and the humor that Dunne brings to the film make up for any of its deficiencies. There are a few problems, however, but most notably that the film is never as wild as its title indicates -- and as its setup dictates it must be. It's not the fault of the extremely well-structured screenplay (although it could stand a few more laughs here and there) so much as it is of director Richard Boleslawsky, whose work is good but not as sharp and pointed as is needed to make a perfect screwball comedy. Fortunately, Dunne and the rest of the cast are so good that most viewers won't notice, let alone care, about this. Melvyn Douglas is the perfect partner for Dunne, Thurston Hall is blustery fun, and Spring Byington is dead-on as the town gossip. All in all, Theodora is enormously entertaining.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2013
UPC:
0043396424654
Original Release:
1936
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sales rank:
49,838

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Irene Dunne Theodora Lynn
Melvyn Douglas Michael Grant
Thomas Mitchell Jed Waterbury
Spring Byington Rebecca Perry
Thurston Hall Arthur Stevenson
Rosalind Keith Adelaide Perry
Elizabeth Risdon Aunt Mary
Margaret McWade Aunt Elsie
Nana Bryant Ethel Stevenson
Henry Kolker Jonathan Grant
Leona Maricle Agnes Grant
Robert Greig Uncle John
Frederick Burton Gov. Wyatt
Paul Barrett Adelaide's Husband
William Benedict Henry
Sven Hugo Borg Bartender
Maurice Brierre Waiter
Don Brodie Actor
Georgia Cooper Actor
Beatrice Curtis Reporter
Sarah Edwards Mrs. Moffat
Betty Farrington Actor
Eddie Fetherstone Actor
Mary Forbes Mrs. Wyatt
Harold Goodwin Actor
Sherry Hall Actor
Eddie Hart Actor
Harry Harvey Actor
Jack Hatfield Photographer
Grace Hayle Mrs. Cobb
Ben Hendricks Taxi Driver
Jane Keckley Actor
James T. Mack Minister
Mary MacLaren Mrs. Wilson
Rex Moore Newsboy
Corbet Morris Artist
Georgia O'Dell Actor
Dennis O'Keefe Man
Lee Phelps Actor
Frank Sully Clarence
Laura Treadwell Mrs. Grant
Dorothy Vernon Woman
Billy Wayne Actor
Wilfred Hari Toki
Ralph Malone Actor
Jessie Perry Actor
Stella Adams Actor
Isabelle La Mal Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Boleslawski Director
Sidney Buchman Screenwriter
Stephen Goosson Art Director
Mary McCarthy Original Story
Otto Meyer Editor
Bernard Newman Costumes/Costume Designer
Everett J. Riskin Producer
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph Walker Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Theodora Goes Wild
1. Chapter 1 [7:58]
2. Chapter 2 [11:34]
3. Chapter 3 [9:31]
4. Chapter 4 [10:46]
5. Chapter 5 [9:41]
6. Chapter 6 [12:10]
7. Chapter 7 [8:15]
8. Chapter 8 [8:48]
9. Chapter 9 [11:06]
10. Chapter 10 [4:09]

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