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 best-sellers! 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).


NINOTCHKA
1939, Warner Bros., 110 min, USA, Dir: Ernst Lubitsch

"Garbo Laughs!" screamed the ads, and so will you, as a stuffy Russian commissar (Greta Garbo) assigned to Paris matches wits with bon vivant Melvyn Douglas. She never had a chance. The second and last time Billy Wilder worked with his idol; his script (with Charles Brackett and Walter Reisch) is inspired, and the Lubitsch Touch is in full force. With Ina Claire, Sig Ruman, Felix Bressart and - no kidding - Bela Lugosi!


A WOMAN’S SECRET
1949, RKO [Warner Bros.], 88 min, USA, Dir: Nicholas Ray

Consider it a film noir version of ALL ABOUT EVE. A famous singer (Maureen O’Hara) who’s lost her voice shoots her protégé (Gloria Grahame) in a fit of rage. As the young woman lies dying, flashbacks recount the tawdry saga of their backstage relationship. The Herman Mankiewicz script is no CITIZEN KANE, but he brings nasty wit to this adaptation of Vicki Baum’s novel. The terrific supporting cast features Melvyn Douglas, Victor Jory, Bill Williams and J.C. Flippen. Don’t miss the chance to see one of Nick Ray’s most rarely screened films! Not on DVD!


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