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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 4 June 1948 (USA)
A man and his wife decide they can afford to have a house in the country built to their specifications. It's a lot more trouble than they think.

Director:

H.C. Potter

Writers:

Eric Hodgins (novel), Norman Panama (written for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Jim Blandings
Myrna Loy ... Muriel Blandings
Melvyn Douglas ... Bill Cole
Reginald Denny ... Simms
Sharyn Moffett ... Joan Blandings
Connie Marshall ... Betsy Blandings
Louise Beavers ... Gussie
Ian Wolfe ... Smith
Harry Shannon ... Tesander
Tito Vuolo ... Mr. Zucca
Nestor Paiva ... Joe Apollonio
Jason Robards Sr. ... John Retch (as Jason Robards)
Lurene Tuttle ... Mary
Lex Barker ... Carpenter Foreman
Emory Parnell ... Mr. PeDelford
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Storyline

The Blandings live in New York in a tiny apartment. They decide to move to the country and find that buying and building and living in their own home is easier said than done. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bygg og bli gær'n See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The house "Blandings' Way" really exists on Indian Hill Road in New Milford, Connecticut. It's a beautiful huge white art deco/colonial house that has many of the actual rooms discussed in the movie - such as a room to cut flowers. Also less than a mile away on Long Mountain Road is executive producer of the movie and MGM head Dore Schary's old country home. See more »

Goofs

Early on, Mr. Smith advises the Blandings that a trout stream running by the old Hackett place will furnish them with their water. Later, much ado is made about drilling a well. See more »

Quotes

Smith: You're buying a piece of American history.
Jim Blandings: You don't say. How's that?
Smith: Why, first year she was built, General Gates stopped right here to water his horses.
Jim Blandings: Old General Gates, huh? Civil War.
Smith: Huh? Revolutionary War.
Jim Blandings: Oh, *that* General Gates.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on an architect's blueprints. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in TCM Guest Programmer: Regis Philbin (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Home on the Range
(uncredited)
Written by Brewster M. Higley
Sung by Cary Grant and then Myrna Loy as they shower
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Required viewing for anybody considering building their own house...
15 January 2017 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

...because in many ways nothing has changed. If you can't live through what Mr. Blandings lives through in this film, don't do it! There at millions of already built homes in the United States! Pick one! Jim (Cary Grant) and Muriel (Myrna Loy) Blandings live in a Manhattan apartment with their two daughters and Jim is an advertising executive. So Jim and Muriel think it would be nice to live in the country on a big lot and buy - not sight unseen so much as site uninspected by professionals - a house in Connecticut that has been standing since the Continental Congress.

Unfortunately, every engineer who inspects it says it is a wonder of the modern world that it has not fallen down on its own, but of course it is not going to do that and make the Blandings' life easy, so they have pay to have it knocked down. Then they find out about an obscure law about knocking down a house that has a mortgage on it and have to pay 6000 dollars. And they haven't even gotten around to BUILDING the house they want! From the windowless bedroom, the logistics problems of getting to and from work - Mrs. Blandings read the train schedule wrong, getting trapped in the upstairs closet, to being forced to move before the house is ready - as in not having windows - this thing is hilarious on so many levels.

Jim Blandings' panic grows with the mounting bills, the misunderstandings that cost him thousands, and the ad campaign he must come up with to keep his job and have a chance at ever paying for any of this. Plus the stress has him imagining that his wife and attorney/friend (Melvyn Douglas as Bill Cole) are in love. They did go steady for a time during college, but that was it.

Now don't think that this is anything but a comedy. Plus I have never seen anybody who can play straight man to his own comedian as well as Cary Grant. Myrna Loy is sublime as the wife, completely unruffled by any of this, not a hair out of place. And she delivers the one liners as well as when she was Nora Charles. Melvyn Douglas is great as the friend and lends great deadpan comic support to the whole proceeding. Highly recommended.


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