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Theodora Goes Wild (1936)

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The author of a scandalously racy best-selling book tries to hide her celebrity from her provincial small town neighbors who'd be scandalized if they knew.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Theodora Lynn
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Michael Grant
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Jed Waterbury
Thurston Hall ...
Arthur Stevenson
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Aunt Mary
Margaret McWade ...
Aunt Elsie
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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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Release Date:

12 November 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'adorabile nemica  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Theodora Lynn: How are you doing, Adelaide?
Adelaide Perry: I'm flying... I'm floating on a breeze
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Connections

Referenced in Bedtime Story (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Be Still My Heart
(1936) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Allan Flynn and Jack Egan
Performed by Irene Dunne
Whistled by Melvyn Douglas
Played as background music
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Smart, subversive, hilarious screwball comedy!
24 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite screwball comedies -- a very smart movie with a sharp screenplay that never lags. In the same subversive spirit as Miracle of Morgan's Creek (another favorite film) - and builds to a similar stunning, hilarious, code-breaking climax. The script is beautifully structured and the performances are all terrific -- it's Irene Dunne's best film, and Elizabeth Risdon is wonderful in a smaller role as the aunt. Very underrated, don't miss it (check out James Harvey's insights on the film in his marvelous book, "Romantic Comedy").


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