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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

 -  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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Smith
Harry Shannon ...
Tesander
Tito Vuolo ...
Mr. Zucca
Nestor Paiva ...
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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The pairing of Irene Dunne and Cary Grant was a consistent box office winner and director H.C. Potter wanted Dunne for the role of Muriel Blandings. Unfortunately, she was already working on another RKO film, I Remember Mama (1948), and wasn't available for this production. See more »

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When Mr. Blandings is questioning Mr. Tesander about why he didn't find water, Mrs. Blandings (Myrna Loy) is holding back laughing. See more »

Quotes

Jim Blandings: What about the windows?
Simms: I'm afraid there's been a little slip up. These windows seem to belong to a Mr. Landing in Fishkill. I spoke to him on the phone this morning.
Jim Blandings: Well, has he got mine?
Simms: No, he seems to have the windows that belong to a Mr. Blandworth in Peekskill.
Jim Blandings: Where are *my* windows?
Simms: Well, near as we can find out, they've either been sent to a Mr. Banning in Danbury, or a Mr. Bamburger in Waterbury.
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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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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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