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
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The dialogue from this film is re-used in the film Bedtime Story (1941), in which Fredric March portrays a playwright and Loretta Young his actress wife. All the dialogue in March's new "play" is actually from the screenplay of this film. It's virtually word for word, with only the heroine's name changed. The "gardener" referred to in the dialogue is of course Melvyn Douglas. Columbia Pictures, the distributor of "Bedtime Story," made this film, too, but none of the writers overlap between the films. Interestingly, in "Bedtime Story," the actors playing the onstage scene are not meant to be in a comedy. What is borrowed is the confrontation over the gardener between Theodora, her aunt, and the local club ladies. Also, in an early scene, March has an inspiration for the last line of his play - something about nobody in the town ever calling the heroine "baby" before - an idea that figures in "Theodora Goes Wild" as well. See more »
When Theodora confronts the town's women after helping Michael with his dog's paw, the shadow of the microphone is briefly visible on the walls of the living room. See more »
Oh, by the way, your mother made some cookies for me, but I met a hungry man, and he ate them up.
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Irene Dunne has signed on at Columbia for some light singing and light comedy. She is very funny and has some fine moments with leading man Melvyn Douglas. But the film does not stay focused on her or on Theodora like it should. It gets too distracted by the other people crowding into her life, and each new character is presented with their own separate subplot. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it does not.
But the movie is saved by the growing attraction that develops between the main characters, and after all the other business has been taken care of, the film regains its sense of direction. Ultimately, a charming love story unfolds.
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