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.
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 You” and the rousing title song.
Irene joins a young Dorothy Lamour in “Allegheny Al“ and Dorothy sings “The Things I Want”.