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Theodora Goes Wild (1936)

Theodora Goes Wild (1936)

Theodora Goes Wild





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In this film, Irene Dunne plays a prim small town schoolteacher, raised in an oppressive environment by two maiden aunts. Seeking surreptitious adventure, Dunne writes a steamy romance novel in her spare time -- which becomes a scandalous best-seller.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Sidney Buchman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 20, 1996
Columbia Pictures


Irene Dunne
as Theodora Lynn
Melvyn Douglas
as Michael Grant
Thomas Mitchell
as Jed Waterbury
Thurston Hall
as Arthur Stevenson
Rosalind Keith
as Adelaide Perry
Spring Byington
as Rebecca Perry
Margaret McWade
as Aunt Elsie
Nana Bryant
as Ethel Stevenson
Henry Kolker
as Jonathan Grant
Leona Maricle
as Agnes Grant
Robert Greig
as Uncle John
Frederick Burton
as Gov. Wyatt
Mary Forbes
as Mrs. Wyatt
Grace Hayle
as Mrs. Cobb
Sarah Edwards
as Mrs. Moffat
Mary MacLaren
as Mrs. Wilson
Laura Treadwell
as Mrs. Grant
Ben Hendricks Jr.
as Taxi Driver
Frank Sully
as Clarence
James T. Mack
as Minister
Paul Barrett
as Adelaide's Husband
Leora Thatcher
as Miss Baldwin
Billy Wayne
as Photographer
Harold Goodwin
as Photographer
Jack Hatfield
as Photographer
Harry Harvey
as Reporter
Don Brodie
as Reporter
Eddie Hart
as Reporter
Lee Phelps
as Reporter
Sherry Hall
as Reporter
Ralph Malone
as Reporter
Sven Hugo Borg
as Bartender
Rex Moore
as Newsboy
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Critic Reviews for Theodora Goes Wild

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Theodora goes silly rather than wild in this outdated look at how they made comedies back then.

Full Review… | January 7, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Great screwball comedy about the transformation of a plain and repressed girl (splendidly played by Irene Dunne) into an eccentric and loving woman.

Full Review… | October 22, 2006

Audience Reviews for Theodora Goes Wild

A cute film about the impact of the writing of racy novel on a small town and the town's reaction to the surprising author. Little more than cute though.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Irene Dunne is very good anchoring this comedy about a would-be racy novelist, and her opposite pairing with Melvyn Douglas adds to the screwball humor. Particularly silly in light of what people find scandalous or shocking by today's moral standards, but that almost makes the film more charming in a way.


Delightful classic screwball comedy from 1936, a great year for films and this movie adds to the greatness of that year. Irene Dunne is brilliant, she has such a great knack for comedy. Melvyn Douglas is in fine form and it has a wonderful supporting cast. Well written, excellent direction by Richard Bolesalawski. First rate in all ways. Very funny.

James Higgins

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