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Theodora Goes Wild

Year: 1936
Production Country: USA
Directed by: Richard Boleslawski
Featuring: Irene Dunne / Melvyn Douglas / Thomas Mitchell
Running time: 94min
Certificate: U

A woman leads a double life and is threatened with exposure in a screwball comedy starring Irene Dunne and Melvyn Douglas.

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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.


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