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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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Complete credited cast:
Michael Grant
Jed Waterbury
Thurston Hall ...
Arthur Stevenson
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Aunt Mary
Margaret McWade ...
Aunt Elsie
Rebecca Perry
Nana Bryant ...
Ethel Stevenson
Henry Kolker ...
Jonathan Grant
Leona Maricle ...
Agnes Grant
Robert Greig ...
Uncle John
Frederick Burton ...
Governor Wyatt


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 <>

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Release Date:

12 November 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'adorabile nemica  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Smart, subversive, hilarious screwball comedy!
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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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