THEODORA GOES WILD
1936, Sony Repertory, 94 min, USA, Dir: Richard Boleslawski

Irene Dunne’s first big comedy role casts her as a small-town gal with a dark secret: She writes racy bestsellers! When enamored publisher Melvyn Douglas figures it out, he shows up on her doorstep and threatens to, uh, expose her if she doesn’t give him a tumble! With Thomas Mitchell, Thurston Hall and Spring Byington, based on a story by Mary McCarthy (Kevin’s sister).


SHOW BOAT (1936)
1936, Warner Brothers, 113 min, Dir: James Whale

James Whale of FRANKENSTEIN fame directs Irene Dunne in this splendid Oscar Hammerstein musical about an overly trusting young woman who, against her mother's better judgment, is thrust into the spotlight as leading lady in a show boat theater company. Features the classic, wistful song "Ol' Man River" as performed by Paul Robeson.


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