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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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Gussie
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Harry Shannon ...
Tesander
Tito Vuolo ...
Mr. Zucca
Nestor Paiva ...
Joe Apollonio
Jason Robards Sr. ...
John Retch (as Jason Robards)
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Mary
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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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Comedy | Romance

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4 June 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De villa onzer dromen  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Muriel Blandings: Darling, I'm going out to the place this afternoon. Bill's driving me up to see about the landscaping.
Jim Blandings: That'll be nice... What do you mean Bill's driving you?
Muriel Blandings: Why do you always say 'what do you mean' when you know perfectly well what I mean and you mean?
Jim Blandings: I mean the moment I turn my back, Bill Cole's driving you someplace or something.
Muriel Blandings: He's only being helpful.
Jim Blandings: I thought he was a lawyer. Why isn't he out suing somebody?
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Opening credits are shown on an architect's blueprints. See more »


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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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Some of the greatest comedic dialog and memorable quotes ever!
11 September 2004 | by (Utah) – See all my reviews

This film has some of the greatest comedic dialog and memorable quotes ever assembled in one film! The plot is somewhat lacking, but the delightful quips are enough to make up the difference. This is a timeless movie for all ages that is sure to please. As a cinematic art form it is highly entertaining; and with major stars like Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Melvyn Douglas... how could you go wrong?

Comedic dialog and timeing such as this has long been undervalued, and is very difficult to imitate. A good example of this is seen in the 1986 knockoff of this film: The Money Pit, with Tom Hanks and Shelley Long. Despite the talent and physical comedy of these stars, the film dragged and received poor reviews and viewer comments. Achieving true comedic dialog is an art.


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