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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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Although this film was from the novel of the same name, much of the story is autobiographical. Eric Hodgins and his wife built the actual house in the rural Litchfield County, Connecticut town of New Milford. Located in the bucolic Merryall section of town, the house recently sold for $1.2 million. See more »


About 46-47 minutes in, a drawing of the new house in the architect's office is shown. "Blandings" is incorrectly shown with an apostrophe between the "g" and the "s" See more »


Jim Blandings: Nothing, Mary. Just a private joke between me and whoever my analyst is going to be.
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a good comedy
15 June 2004 | by (Mississippi,United States) – See all my reviews

Poor Mr. Blanding(Cary Grant). All he wants is the perfect house. As we find out from this lighthearted romp, getting the perfect house isn't without a lot of headaches and money spent. This film has quite a many funny moments. What I liked best was the wit of the dialogue, terrific chemistry between Myrna Loy and Grant, and the pure delight of watching Grant perfect what a great comic spirit he had. Melvyn Douglas was fun as Blanding's lawyer friend,Bill. The film has the famous funny scene where Loy is showing a painter what colors she wants each room painted in(folks, she has an unusual peculiar style of speach when it comes to her color). It has other funny bits including Grant discussing the advertising life with his daughters who are very impressioned by a teacher at school. It's core humor comes from the painstaking process of getting the home built. The specifications of this process are amusing. The film is sweet and Grant has such a breezy skill with the humor. He is a delight to watch as is the wonderful Loy. An overall worthwhile experience. ****1/2/*****

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