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In September 2015, I was invited to co-introduce a film for Turner Classic Movies (TCM) alongside Ben Mankiewicz. I chose to discuss the 1936 film, Theodora Goes Wild, starring Irene Dunne and Melvyn Douglas. I chose this film for several reasons, because I met two significant people when I had screened the film in the past–one of these people being Irene Dunne’s granddaughter, Ann-Marie.

Here is my initial interview:

After the film was played on TCM, this exit interview followed:

After these segments aired, TCM sent me this great thank-you package! I encouraged my students to tune in for some extra credit, so TCM sent me a little “extra credit,” too.


In addition to my film pursuits, I also teach Film and English at the high school level. Below is an article that details how my experiences and passions shape my film study course.

Access the article here. 

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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