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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  4 June 1948 (USA)
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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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Harry Shannon ...
Tesander
Tito Vuolo ...
Mr. Zucca
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Joe Apollonio
Jason Robards Sr. ...
John Retch (as Jason Robards)
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Carpenter Foreman
Emory Parnell ...
Mr. PeDelford
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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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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De villa onzer dromen  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Blandings house, built for the film, does indeed exist, but it's not in Connecticut. It's in Los Angeles and can still be seen today. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Home on the Range
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Written by Brewster M. Higley
Sung by Cary Grant and then Myrna Loy as they shower
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Pretty Good Comedy, & Not Without Some Commentary
24 February 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty good comedy, with several good screwball-type sequences, and yet its silliness also contains some commentary, sometimes pointed, and much of it still pertinent. Cary Grant and Myrna Loy are well-suited to this kind of material, and the script provides good dialogue and some amusing situations for them and the rest of the cast to work with.

This is certainly of particular interest to anyone who has ever faced either the kind of home-buying experience that the Blandings family goes through, or one of the many other similar experiences that life offers. The whole picture of having to deal with a bewildering assortment of contractors, workmen, lawyers, and who knows what else, is a very familiar feature of modern life, even for those who do not buy their own homes. The movie helps to point out some of the basic absurdities all of this, while providing some good humor.

The two sub-plots - the one with Melvyn Douglas and the other with Grant looking for the new slogan - are worked in rather resourcefully, so as to parallel some of the basic themes of the main story about the house, while also providing comic complications in the main plot.

Grant has the knack of making the wildest situations seem believable at the time, and even somewhat sophisticated. Loy's charm and elegance make her a very good complement to Grant's character. It's a good combination overall.


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