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Theodora Goes Wild (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 12 November 1936 (USA)
The author of a controversially racy best-selling book tries to hide her celebrity status from her provincial small-town neighbors, who'd be scandalized if they knew.

Writers:

Sidney Buchman (screen play), Mary McCarthy (from an original story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Theodora Lynn
Melvyn Douglas ... Michael Grant
Thomas Mitchell ... Jed Waterbury
Thurston Hall ... Arthur Stevenson
Elisabeth Risdon ... Aunt Mary
Margaret McWade ... Aunt Elsie
Spring Byington ... 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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'adorabile nemica See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marion Davies and Carole Lombard were the first choices for this film, but Davies retired and Lombard was unavailable. See more »

Goofs

When the train is heard at the station, a shot of a train is shown with locomotive #1333 in the lead followed by another locomotive. However, when the train pulls into the station, the number on the locomotive has changed to #1374 and the second one has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Rebecca Perry: [Reading from the Caroline Adams novel] But her brain was reeling with drink.
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Referenced in Timeless: Hollywoodland (2018) 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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Great Movie!
27 March 2004 | by theirenedunnefanSee all my reviews

I've seen this movie many times, and it just keeps getting funnier every time I see it. It reminds me a lot of myself, growing up in a small town like "Lynnfield", and being brought up to think and act the way Theodora was. Then when I moved away from home, some people thought I went "wild!" This has all the qualities for people who can relate to small towns, even with the "worst town gossip" to make you wonder what's going to be spread next... For a fact, this movie is a lot like Irene Dunne's life, actually her friends said they liked her best in this movie, because it is most like her in character. If you come from a small town, it's a classic film you can kinda relate to...and just have to see!


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