Theodora Goes Wild

94 minutes

But not wild enough. This 1936 effort by Richard Boleslawski (a disciple of Stanislavski, he was one of the first Hollywood proponents of the Method) is generally regarded as a classic screwball comedy, and its premise—a repressed spinster writes a racy best-selling novel—has a classic ring. The execution, though, is unbearably sluggish, with none of the snap and crackle that a Cukor or Hawks could bring to the material. Still, Irene Dunne's graceful performance would redeem a much worse film, and there is able (if sometimes exaggerated) support from Melvyn Douglas, Thomas Mitchell, and Spring Byington.

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