High, Wide and Handsome (1937)

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High, Wide and Handsome almost defies classification: Perhaps it's best referred to as a historical musical western comedy melodrama. Irene Dunne plays an itinerant circus performer who marries oilman Randolph Scott. The couple heads to Titusville, Pennsylvania in 1859, where Scott is among the lucky prospectors who strikes oil. With no train service to the refineries, the townsfolk are obliged to build a pipeline, which is accomplished to the accompaniment of several rousing musical numbers by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein. The villainous element is represented by Alan Hale, who does his best to block the project to serve his own evil ends. Dunne's old circus friends come to the rescue with a herd of trained elephants! High Wide and Handsome confused too many filmgoers to make money in 1937; today it's regarded in some circles as a classic.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Musical & Performing Arts , Western
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In Theaters:
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Studio:
Paramount Pictures

Cast

Irene Dunne
as Sally Watterson
Randolph Scott
as Peter Cortlandt
Dorothy Lamour
as Molly Fuller
Charles Bickford
as Red Scanlon
Elizabeth Patterson
as Grandma Cortlandt
Raymond Walburn
as Doc Watterson
Akim Tamiroff
as Joe Varese
Ben Blue
as Zeke
Alan Hale
as Walt Brennan
Irving Pichel
as Mr. Stark
Stanley Andrews
as Lem Moulton
James Burke
as Stackpole
Roger Imhof
as Pop Bowers
Lucien Littlefield
as Mr. Lippincott
Purnell Pratt
as Colonel Blake
Edward Gargan
as Foreman
Helen Lowell
as Mrs. Lippincott
Jack Clifford
as Wash Miller
Russell Hopton
as John Thompson Civil Engineer
Ivan Miller
as Marble
Raymond Brown
as P.t. Barnum
Claire McDowell
as Seamstress
Fred Warren
as Piano player
Rolfe Sedan
as Photographer
Marjorie Cameron
as Blonde singer
John T. Murray
as Mr. Green
Sherry Hall
as Piano player
Pat West
as Razorback
John Maurice Sullivan
as Old Gentleman
Ernest Wood
as Hotel clerk
Lew Kelly
as Carpenter
Dell Henderson
as Bank president
John Marshall
as Teller
Philip Morris
as Teamster
Harry Semels
as Bartender
Frank Sully
as Gabby Johnson
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Critic Reviews for High, Wide and Handsome

All Critics (2)

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | February 22, 2012
Variety
Top Critic

A classic.

Full Review… | March 28, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

High, Wide and Handsome is a fine film - beautiful to look at, stylish and very entertaining. It gets better every time I see it, too.

Full Review… | February 10, 2015
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for High, Wide and Handsome

This musical western, directed by Rouben Mamoulian, features an integrated score by Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II which predates OKLAHOMA by almost six years; the songs include "Can I Forget You" and "The Folks Who Live On the Hill."

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

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