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theodora goes wild
- kevin sellers
First half, set in the bluestocking burg of Linnville, is good with some nice comic motifs, like the erotic slash annoying whistling of Melvyn Douglas and Irene Dunne's well handled conflict between her wild and tame sides. The second half, where Dunne and Douglas' roles get reversed, is not as good, in my opinion, with her being too over the top, an acting sin she is rarely guilty of, and him looking distinctly uncomfortable as her straight man. Also, Sidney Buchman's screenplay, while sharp in the first half exchanges between the two leads, kinda loses energy in the second, with the introduction of subsidiary characters who are not very funny like Douglas' uptight politician dad and his bland soon to be ex wife. So, let's give this one a B minus instead of a C plus if only to recognize director Richard Boleslawski, a Polish emigre in La La Land whose promising career was unfortunately cut short one year after this movie came out. P.S. I'll go previous reviewer a. morris one better and declare that Melvyn Douglas is the greatest actor with the last name of Douglas. And, yes, that includes Donna.
the fight is on.
Melvyn douglas may be the greatest film actor of all time to be named Melvyn.
All Hail Theodora!
- el debbo
I loved this film, and pictured my grandmother seeing it at a matinee in Boston when it first came out. A funny, touching, and strong-woman story. Timid, reclusive Theodora is ruled by the iron hand of small-town society in Connecticut, with Spring Byington playing spokesperson and Thomas Mitchell court jester. Both are great. When artist Melvyn Douglas befriends Theo, and then surprises her on the homefront, he draws her out, loves her, and challenges her to live a free, liberated life. Then he scuttles back to his lair in the city and his father's Rules of Conduct. Theo wants him, drops her shackles, and storms the Bastille. With panache and new clothes! Douglas runs scared from this Amazonian attack. I won't tell the rest. I have a 'thing' for Melvyn Douglas and Frederic March. Both magnetic and appealing but not your typical Hollywood-handsome. Anyhow, 5 glittering stars!
Weak movie --wasted cast
This is one of those films that you hear echoes of praise for, as if it were some kind of long lost "classic." But in fact it is a slow, unfunny mess of a film. Irene Dunne is (as always) game for almost everything. But there is really nothing much for her to do. A couple of nice sequences in the film with her and Douglas can't make up for a very unfunny comedy.
I grew up in a small town exactly like the one in this film! Filled with busybodies who thought nothing of gossiping about everyone they knew. My own family lived in fear that someone would find out something and gossip about us! It was, and is, ridiculous and this film more than bears that out! Because I lived in a town like this one, this film is a sheer delight for me! Irene Dunne, as the authoress from the small town who writes a scandalous novel, is at her best here. Melvyn Douglas, the big city guy, is a joy to watch as he unknowingly falls in love with the girl from the small town. For me, the crowning glory of the film is the moment the head of the nosy Parkers is handed her daughter's thought to be illigitimate (daughter was secretly married but Mom doesn't know) baby in front of the entire town. Spring Byington, the de facto head busybody. faints dead away! That scene never fails to make me laugh aloud! Fast paced and hilarious film! Great fun!
I Love Theodora!
Discovering Theodora just a few years ago was like getting a wonderful present! Loved everyone in it including the dog.
This movie was billed as one of the great "Screwball" comedies. There was very little that was funny. This was quite a letdown. Melvyn Douglas's character was just irritating. Dunne's character was a woman lost, not funny at all. What a bust!
Theodora Goes Wild
- Mark Sutch
Irene Dunne and Melvyn Douglas create sparks I did not expect. The movie combines polar lives of these two characters - they get to know one another in the country and the city, in the public writing industry and while hiding painful sides of their lives, and finally, in personal conflicts they eventually conquer when egged on by one another. The supporting cast, especially Spring Byington and Thomas Mitchell, add to the enjoyable storyline. This is a delightful comedy. It's coming back on the air Sat, June 15 @ 0300 EST. If you loved Irene Dunne in her other comedies (such a pity she did not win more accolades), then please don't miss this one. It will make your inner heart smile.
Classico de primeira qualidade
Um classico de primeira qualidade. Sempre achei a Irene Dunne uma atriz um pouco injustiada porque foi indicada diversas vezes ao Oscar e nunca ganhou nenhum . O importante que ela est tima neste filme.
- Jarrod McDonald
Spring really steals the show. The more I see of her in films, the more I like her. She's also very good in 'Ah, Wilderness!' as Lionel Barrymore's wife. As for this film, itself, I agree with others who say Irene is very good...she's funny and gets the chance to do a bit of singing (always a plus). But the film doesn't stay focused on her or on Theodora like it should. It gets too distracted by these other people crowding into the frame, with each new character presented with his or her own separate subplot. It gets confusing. Because there are so many balls being juggled in the air, it distracts us from the main plot which is Theodora's relationship to Michael. What this movie does have going for it (in addition to Spring's performance) is the chemistry between Irene and her leading man, Melvyn Douglas. Too bad they didn't make more movies.
Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
- Jay Higgins
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.
Theadora makes me wild!
- Kathryn Gerhardt
Irene Dunn has never been better. All of her movies should be released on DVD. She's the complete package, voice, comedic talent she has it all!
Favorite Irene Dunne movie
I watch this movie whenever I see it listed on TCM and it gets better every time I see it. Irene Dunne has a great double role as the repressed Theorora and the wild Miss. Adams. The supporting case is also well acted. Thomas Mitchell is wonderful as the editor of the Lynnfield newspaper - it is interesting to see how those old phones can be held with one hand while taking notes with the other hand and at the same time hopping around with glee as the news that will shock Lynnfield into modern times comes in. Theorador's Uncle John Lynn's long row of photos of old girl friend would be a little shocking even today, I wonder what people thought about this in 1936.
Irene Dunne's 1st comedy!
And to think, Irene almost didn't make this movie! She didn't want to work with Melvin Douglas and went to France for 6 months, thinking the studio would recast her role....lucky for us they waited for her return! This is one of my favorite Irene Dunne movies! I still laugh out loud everytime I see this movie. Irene is brilliant! This is a must see movie!
funny movie very good
This movie was very entertaining! I laughed so hard. I am only 30 years old and I actually loved this movie. I would watch it again and again if it was on dvd.