Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Screwball Wednesdays - Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
I started thinking about weekly blogs based on a specific day for a specific genre. And since Wednesday is known as hump day, where most people are trying to get through another trying week on their job, school, family, etc..what better genre than screwball comedies to get you through the day. Screwball comedies are probably my favorite type of movies. I just love the zany situations the characters find themselves in. So every Wednesday I will blog about a screwball comedy, of which there are tons of them. And to kick it off, I just watched the 1936 classic Theodora Goes Wild with a marvelous Irene Dunne.
Theodora Goes Wild is one of the best screwball comedies ever made. And Dunne proves she is definitely one of the queens of comedy. I would rank her right up there with Carole Lombard and Myrna Loy. I enjoyed this film from start to finish. I loved the dog that Douglas's character picked up on the way into town and named him Jake...and the bond the two formed. I loved Theodora's two aunts, who were at first like all the other women in town, wound too tight and didn't care for any signs of questionable characters. But once they found out that their niece was the scandalous novelist, they didn't hesitate to have Theodora's back and slam anyone else for thinking bad of her. I also loved the newspaper editor who liked irking the Women's Literary Group just for the heck of it. All so many little things and other characters made this a highly entertaining movie. One I could watch over and over. Theodora Goes Wild will definitely make those Wednesdays much more bearable.