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After six years' worth of tragic and noble roles, Irene Dunne began a new phase in her career as a top comedienne in Theodora Goes Wild. She 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. Heading to the big city to meet her publisher, Irene has a fling with the artist (Melvyn Douglas) who has designed the dust jacket for her book. Though on surface a Manhattan sophisticate, Douglas is just as trapped as Dunne had been in her small town; he's saddled with a nasty wife and insufferable parents. Both Douglas and Dunne free themselves of those who'd hold them down, and find happiness together. To round out the happy ending, Dunne's small town, which had ostracized her for writing her "hot" novel, welcomes her back with a brass band when the book puts the town on the map. If Theodora Goes Wild doesn't seem quite as funny now as it did in 1936, it is only because most of its satirical targets (notably the shocked spinster aunts) have ceased to exist. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 5, 1936


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Irene Dunne Best Actress 1936 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Otto Meyer Best Editing 1936 Nominee


Irene Dunne
as Theodora Lynn
Melvyn Douglas
as Michael Grant
Thomas Mitchell
as Jed Waterbury
Thurston Hall
as Arthur Stevenson
Spring Byington
as Rebecca Perry
Rosalind Keith
as Adelaide Perry
Elizabeth Risdon
as Aunt Mary
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
Grace Hayle
as Mrs. Cobb
Harry Harvey
Dennis O'Keefe
as Man
Sarah Edwards
as Mrs. Moffat
Maurice Brierre
as Waiter
Eddie Fetherstone
Lee Phelps
Ben Hendricks, Jr.
as Taxi Driver
Billy Wayne
Rex Moore
as Newsboy
Georgia Cooper
Don Brodie
Betty Farrington
William Benedict
as Henry
Laura Treadwell
as Mrs. Grant
Frank Sully
as Clarence
Jane Keckley
Sherry Hall
Mary Forbes
as Mrs. Wyatt


Richard Boleslawski
Sidney Buchman
Joseph Walker
Morris W. Stoloff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Morris W. Stoloff
Composer (Music Score)
Otto Meyer
Stephen Goosson
Art Director