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Theodora Goes Wild ()


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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.

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  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination.
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Theodora Lynn
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Michael Grant
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Jed Waterbury
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Arthur Stevenson
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Aunt Mary
Margaret McWade ...
Aunt Elsie
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Rebecca Perry
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Ethel Stevenson
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Jonathan Grant
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Agnes Grant
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Uncle John
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Governor Wyatt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stella Adams ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
Paul Barrett ...
Roger Taylor - Adelaide's Husband (uncredited)
Noel Bates ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
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Henry (uncredited)
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Bartender (uncredited)
Carolyn Lee Bourland ...
Adelaide's Baby (uncredited)
Maurice Brierre ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Don Brodie ...
Photographer at Governor's Reception (uncredited)
Georgie Cooper ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
Nick Copeland ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Corky ...
Jake the dog (uncredited)
Beatrice Curtis ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ...
Mrs. Moffat (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Guest at Governor's Reception (uncredited)
Mary Forbes ...
Mrs. Wyatt (uncredited)
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Photographer at Governor's Reception (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Wilfred Hari ...
Toki - Michael's Butler (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ...
Photographer at Governor's Reception (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Hatfield ...
Photographer (uncredited)
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Mrs. Cobb (uncredited)
Ben Hendricks Jr. ...
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Jane Keckley ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
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Adelaide Perry (uncredited)
Isabel La Mal ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
James T. Mack ...
Minister (uncredited)
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Mrs. Wilson (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Grandma - Townswoman at Train Station (uncredited)
Rex Moore ...
Newsboy (uncredited)
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Artist (uncredited)
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Dance Floor Extra (uncredited)
Georgia O'Dell ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
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Man (uncredited)
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Clarinetist in Welcoming Band (uncredited)
Jessie Perry ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Russ Powell ...
Majordomo at Governor's Reception (uncredited)
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Clarence (uncredited)
Leora Thatcher ...
Miss Baldwin - Stevenson's Secretary (uncredited)
Laura Treadwell ...
Mrs. Jonathan Grant (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ...
Photographer at Governor's Reception (uncredited)

Directed by

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Richard Boleslawski

Written by

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

Produced by

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Everett Riskin ... associate producer

Music by

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Arthur Morton ... (uncredited)
William Grant Still ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Joseph Walker ... (photography)

Film Editing by

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Otto Meyer ... film editor

Art Direction by

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Stephen Goosson
Jerome Pycha Jr. ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Bernard Newman ... (gowns)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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William E. Muel ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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George Cooper ... sound engineer (uncredited)

Music Department

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Morris Stoloff ... musical director
R.H. Bassett ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Howard Jackson ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Harry Cohn ... president: Columbia Pictures Corp
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Meet The Gayest Lady Who Ever Went To Town! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Théodora devient folle (France)
  • Theodora wird wild (Germany)
  • Los pecados de Teodora (Spain)
  • Teodora robi kariere (Poland)
  • Theodora leger med ilden (Denmark)
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  • 94 min
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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999). See more »
Soundtracks Rock of Ages See more »
Quotes Ethel Stevenson: It's all perfectly clear to me. That adorable young thing is an unholy terror on wheels. There's nothing in the world more deadly than innocence on the manhunt!
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