Theodora Goes Wild
Production Country: USA
Directed by: Richard Boleslawski
Featuring: Irene Dunne / Melvyn Douglas / Thomas Mitchell
Running time: 94min
A woman leads a double life and is threatened with exposure in a screwball comedy starring Irene Dunne and Melvyn Douglas.
Mary McCarthy wrote the story for this fascinating, underrated and very funny film. Theodora (Dunne) is a pillar of the community in rural Lynnfield, a matriarchal hotbed of wild and hysterical puritanical disapproval. But she has a secret double life and is threatened with exposure by Melvyn Douglas, a scion of New York wealth. But he has his secrets too, and the tables soon turn in an equal-opportunities ripping-down of inherited repressions.
The screening on Mon 7 Jan will be introduced by season curator Peter Swaab.