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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

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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.


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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 <>

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4 June 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De villa onzer dromen  »

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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on July 1, 1949 with Cary Grant reprising his film role. See more »


In the opening credits the blueprint misspells the name Blandings by adding an apostrophe (e.g., "Blanding's"). See more »


Joan Blandings: Oh look. Mother's diary. It's slightly torrid.
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Opening credits are shown on an architect's blueprints. See more »


Remade as Are We Done Yet? (2007) See more »


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Written by Brewster M. Higley
Sung by Cary Grant and then Myrna Loy as they shower
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A comic classic.
10 June 2004 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

Anyone who has ever embarked on a construction project, from a tree-house to a skyscraper, will identify with the beleaguered Mr. Blandings. His simple vision of an idyllic life in the suburbs encounters the harsh reality of recalcitrant geology, feuding contractors, exploding costs, and other complications -- all to hilarious effect.

The script has a perfect ear, the director's timing is impeccable, and the sophisticated style of the stars gives the entire production a polished sheen. Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas are all brilliant, but this is much more than a star vehicle. It's one of the best sophisticated comedies Hollywood ever committed to celluloid. And even 60 years later, the story is all too true.

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