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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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Male-shy Theodora lets her hair down for a Broadway binge that set a new high in tall laughs! Irene Dunne at her glorious best! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Release Date:

12 November 1936 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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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 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 The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock of Ages
(1830) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Hastings (1830)
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady (1776)
Sung by Irene Dunne and congregation at church
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A movie for our times that needs to be remade
21 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had heard about this movie for years, but only saw it tonight. The wait was my loss.

To begin with, it stars two of the undeservedly forgotten luminaries of the movie industry: Irene Dunne and Melvyn Douglas.

But more important is the content of this movie. It is all about small-minded bigotry in small-minded Americans. Given its time - the 1930s - that small-mindedness is linked to living in a small town. Unfortunately, today location has nothing to do with it: there are small-minded Americans in our biggest cities and our suburbs. But the movie has lost none of its relevance. It is very definitely a movie that calls out for a modern remake. Hollywood doesn't make movies like this anymore, and in this case, that is a loss for all of us.


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