Irene Dunne was the queen of melodrama, comedy and musicals, a leading lady adored by all and seen by female audiences as an ‘every woman’. Many critics over the years have labelled Irene as either the ‘female Cary Grant’ or the refined lady who excelled in maternal roles. We at Any Ladle’s Sweet beg to differ and offer a more nuanced view of this deeply funny lady who always longed to be called ‘baby’. We discuss 3 of her finest roles: Ann Vickers (1933, Theodora Goes Wild (1936), and Unfinished Business (1941).
Ann Vickers (1933). Dir. John Cromwell [DVD] RKO Pictures.
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Theodora Goes Wild (1936) Dir. Richard Boleslawski [YouTube] Columbia Pictures.
Unfinished Business (1941) Dir. Gregory La Cava [YouTube] Universal Studios.