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Theodora Goes Wild(1936)

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Information in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library reveals that Columbia first submitted the script to the PCA in March 1936. However, the PCA rejected the script because it violated several tenets of the Code. In a letter to Harry Cohn, PCA president Joseph I. Breen details the various elements in violation of the Code: The heroine, Theodora, exemplifies "evil made to appear attractive" after she breaks up two marriages; all the "decent" and "church-going" characters are "made to appear ridiculous, stupid and silly" when compared with their city counterparts, who "indulg[e] in extra-marital activities, drunkenness and debauchery, [and] are made to appear attractive." A second revised script was submitted to the PCA in April 1936 and was met with approval. Hollywood Reporter production charts include Marian Marsh in the cast, however, her participation in the film has not been confirmed. According to modern sources, Irene Dunne resisted making this film because it was a comedy, however, Columbia insisted that it be the first film to fulfill her new contract with them. Modern sources point to this film as being a seminal film in the screwball comedy genre. Theodora Goes Wild was nominated in the following categories for Academy Awards: Best Actress, Irene Dunne, and Film Editing, Otto Meyer.