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Our Movies Show Tonight - Theodora Goes Wild (Theodora Wird Wild) 1937

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Pamphlet announcing the evening's movie being shown on board a steamship of the Hamburg America Line from 1937. Featured movie was "Theodora Wird Wild" or "Theodora Goes Wild."

  • Initial release: November 12, 1936
  • Director: Richard Boleslawski
  • Cinematography: Joseph Walker
  • Costume design: Bernard Newman
  • Screenplay: Sidney Buchman, Mary McCarthy
  • Running time: 94 minutes
  • Language: English

Theodora Lynn (Irene Dunne) is secretly the author of a salacious novel written under a pen name. She must hide her identity from the residents of her small, conservative Connecticut town, who disapprove of the book. When Theodora goes to New York to visit her publisher (Thurston Hall), she meets the book's cover artist, Michael Grant (Melvyn Douglas), who tries to convince her to reveal herself as the real author. When Theodora falls for Michael, she soon finds that he has secrets of his own.

Irene Dunne and Melvyn Douglas

Irene Dunne and Melvyn Douglas


Cast List

  • Theodora Lynn --|-- Irene Dunne
  • Michael Grant --|-- Melvyn Douglas
  • Jed Waterbury --|-- Thomas Mitchel
  • Arthur Stevenson --|-- Thurston Hall
  • Adelaide Perry --|-- Rosalind Keith
  • Rebecca Perry --|-- Spring Byington
  • Gouverneur Wyatt --|-- Frederick Burton
  • Tante Mary --|-- Elisabeth Risdon
  • Tante Elsie --|-- Margaret McWade
  • Ethel Stevenson --|-- Nana Bryant
  • Jonathan Grant --|-- Henry Kolker
  • Agnes Grant --|-- Leona Maricle
  • Onkel John --|-- Robert Greig

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Scene from Theodora Goes Wild

Theodora goes wild

"Have you heard the scandal about the pretty Theodora Lynn?" The good "bourgeois"' of Lynnfield her native-town are beside themselves with indignation. WTio would ever have thought that this shy young girl/ who is so decent and well- behaved and who always followed the pious advice given by her aunts and who modestly lowered her glance when confronted by fellow-citizens of the male sex/ is leading a double-life?

Could anybody possibly imagine that she is the writer of thrilling love-stories which enjoy great popularity and in which the joys and sufferings of lovers are portrayed with such striking comprehension that one cannot help drawing highly significant conclusions concerning the personality of the authoress herself?

Scene from Theodora Goes Wild

But this alone does not suffice to satisfy her craving for creating sensation/ and in her unabashed conduct she actually goes so far as to engage the designer at her publishing-office/ with whom she is in love/ as her aunt’s gardener. This she does in order to always have him near her/ whereas any child can see at once that this man has no idea whatever of gardening!

The scandalmongers of Lynnfield have now abundant material for gossip.The charmingTheodor a/however who is the cause of all this excitement, takes no notice whatever of what is being said about her. She has worries of her own of an entirely different character, for she has been deserted by her selected lover who simply left her a note behind, giving obscure reasons for his action.

Scene from Theodora Goes Wild

Only another woman can have prompted him to leave her! But Theodora is not the sort to meet her fate without a fight. Taking a rapid decision/ she follows her lover to the large city where he has gone. In one night she has been transformed from a shy girl from the provinces into an ultra-modern vamp; she turns the heads of the men in order to make the one she loves best jealous.

She causes confusion and uproar wherever she goes/ plays the most foolish and audacious tricks and wins her lover back. Unfortunately truth compels us to confess that he is a married man/ but she pillories bourgeois ideas7 narrow-mindedness/ false morality and love of idle gossip.

Scene from Theodora Goes Wild


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