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* The Moviegoer *

Irene Dunne Discloses Comedy Flair In "Theodora Goes Wild"; Craig's Wife" Is So Much Wasted Effort

By M. F. E.

"Theodora Goes Wild" is the story of a small town girl (Irene Dunne) who goes to the big city to make good, or rather a mean commercial artist (Melvyn Douglas). He discovered her secret, that she was a writer of smart books, exposed her and dishonored her in her own provincially smug town, and made her fall in love with him; but he was married.

That's the first half of the picture. Miss Dunne and Mr. Douglas share it between themselves and a well-selected supporting cast. The second part, in which she turns the tables on him until the happy ending, is all hers.

Mr. Douglas does his best, but he can't sustain the pace set by Miss Dunne. Her light yet distinguished touch together with the play's witty writing metamorphose the hackneyed plot into a superb if insignificant, "modern comedy".

"Craig's Wife" is merely episodical. The complications arising from one incident. Craig's presence in the home of a man who committed murder and suicide shortly after he left, finally get it across that his wife loves him less than her house. After much superfluous buildup he leaves. At the end we see the great catasrophe, of one who lived to herself left to herself.

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