High, Wide, and Handsome (1937)

Approved  |   |  Musical, Western  |  24 October 1937 (Finland)
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Pennsylvania, 1859. Railroad tycoon Brennan (Alan Hale) is muscling in on oil-drilling farmers, led by Peter Cortland (Randolph Scott). Cortland must try to save their oil business, while also saving his marriage to Sally (Irene Dunne).


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cortlandt
Molly Fuller
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Grandma Cortlandt
Raymond Walburn ...
Doc Watterson
Red Scanlon
Joe Varese
Ben Blue ...
Walt Brennan
Mr. Stark
Stanley Andrews ...
Lem Moulton
James Burke ...
Roger Imhof ...
Pop Bowers
Lucien Littlefield ...
Mr. Lippincott


The setting is a small town in 1870s Pennsylvania. Sally Waterson and her father have stopped in town with their traveling medicine show, but when their wagon catches fire, they find themselves stranded. They're taken in by Mrs. Cortlandt and her grandson, Peter, who is trying to set up a pipeline that will supply oil throughout the state. Sally and Peter soon fall in love and marry. Neither their marriage nor Peter's pipe dreams flow too smoothly. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Release Date:

24 October 1937 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

La furie de l'or noir  »

Box Office


$1,900,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Will You Marry Me Tomorrow, Maria ?
by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by William Frawley
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Memorable for the song "Can I forget You"
22 April 2004 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at the Belmont theater in Nashville, TN when I was 5 or six years old. I have been looking for this movie for years. The only thing I could remember was the song, not the movie title, the composer, the actors: nothing but the song and that it came from a movie. Only tonight, 22 April 2004, did I learn the name of the movie. If anyone could tell me how I could get a copy of this movie I would be deeply grateful. Thank you. I have three versions of the song: by Bing Crosby recorded in 1937, by Arthur Tracy, The Street Singer, and by Andy Williams. None of the albums credit the movie or the composer or lyricist. Any information of other renditions would also be appreciated. NEW UPDATE: I now have a complete VHS version of this movie. I would like to thank all of you who helped me in this endeavor. If anyone would like a copy, please contact me and I will be happy to help you also.

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