Theodora Goes Wild

  • 1936
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

Dunne's first starring comedy role after several weepers was good enough to secure her an Oscar nomination, her second after the 1931 CIMARRON. Dunne plays the title role, a New England woman who writes a steamy best-seller about the morals of a sleepy little town located north of New York City. The book takes off and she decides to see the big city for...read more

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Dunne's first starring comedy role after several weepers was good enough to secure her an Oscar nomination, her second after the 1931 CIMARRON. Dunne plays the title role, a New England woman who writes a steamy best-seller about the morals of a sleepy little town located north of New

York City. The book takes off and she decides to see the big city for herself. Once she arrives in Manhattan she meets the ultrasophisticated artist (Douglas) who did the illustrations for her book, and her escapades begin, arising from her situation as a fish out of water in New York. The quaint

and hard-bitten Yankees from her village are examined vis-a-vis the sharp Big Apple types and the film draws the conclusion that there are nuts in both places.

The idea was to produce a screwball comedy on the style of some of Capra's Columbia pictures, but this movie had the wrong Riskin (producer Everett, rather than Capra's longtime associate and screenwriter, Robert) and it just wasn't wacky enough, despite a valiant try by Dunne to breathe life into

Buchman's modest if clever script. Her efforts did earn her a Best Actress Oscar nomination, but she lost to Luise Rainer for THE GREAT ZIEGFELD.

Director Boleslawski, the Polish stage director who cut his teeth with the Moscow Arts Theatre, made a number of fine films, most notably CLIVE OF INDIA, THE PAINTED VEIL, and LES MISERABLES, which he directed in succession in 1934-35.

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