I handled it with care. After all, it is 78 years old. A friend who knows I’m an Irene Dunne fan presented me with a 12 page advertising booklet for HIGH WIDE AND HANDSOME produced in 1937 for film exhibitors.

Front cover

Front cover

Below are some pages from it, some in glorious color – which HIGH WIDE AND HANDSOME cried out for. Paramount spent a lot of money on this film yet didn’t go the extra mile for Technicolor.

As usual,the studio publicity dept did not spare their purple prose. They describe the film as an epic – A stirring historical drama, with an incidental background of romance and of music; stark tragedy, pathos and at times,comedy, are the vital elements here woven into one of the most compelling and impressively entertaining offerings of the time.”

The best parts of High Wide and Handsome for me are the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein songs.

Irene Dunne introduced a song which became a standard, “The Folks Who Live on the Hill” and she also sings the beautiful, Can I Forget Youand the rousing title song.

Irene joins a young Dorothy Lamour in “Allegheny Al and Dorothy sings “The Things I Want”.

Irene Dunne had already co-starred with Randolph Scott in another Jerome Kern musical,ROBERTA, and they would be reunited one more time in MY FAVORITE WIFE.

Irene Dunne, Randolph Scott

Irene Dunne, Randolph Scott








6 responses »

    • Thanks,Kristina. It’s great that the film is available on DVD. I think Paramount were trying to emulate Universal’s success with SHOW BOAT the previous year.

  1. Love this. HIGH, WIDE AND HANDSOME was an early film I saw in a revival theater as a teenager and “The Folks Who Live on the Hill” lived on in memory for decades until I could see it again in a bootleg copy. Now that it’s out on an “official” DVD I need to pick it up and watch it properly. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this great material on the movie!

    Best wishes,

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