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Director:
Writers:
Eric Hodgins (novel)
Norman Panama (written for the screen by) ...
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Release Date:
4 June 1948 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Pretty Good Comedy, & Not Without Some Commentary See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Jim Blandings

Myrna Loy ... Muriel Blandings

Melvyn Douglas ... Bill Cole

Reginald Denny ... Simms
Sharyn Moffett ... Joan Blandings
Connie Marshall ... Betsy Blandings
Louise Beavers ... Gussie

Ian Wolfe ... Smith
Harry Shannon ... Tesander
Tito Vuolo ... Mr. Zucca
Nestor Paiva ... Joe Apollonio
Jason Robards Sr. ... John Retch (as Jason Robards)

Lurene Tuttle ... Mary

Lex Barker ... Carpenter Foreman
Emory Parnell ... Mr. PeDelford
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Andrews ... Mr. Murphy (uncredited)

Robert Bray ... Workman (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Charlie - Painter (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Jones (uncredited)
Kernan Cripps ... Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Judge Quarles (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Harry Selby (uncredited)
Jack Jahries ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Hurried Diner (uncredited)
Gene Leslie ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... Wrecker (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Simpson (uncredited)
Cy Slocum ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Ralph Stein ... Proprietor (uncredited)
Dan Tobin ... Bunny Funkhauser (uncredited)
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Workman (uncredited)
Bud Wiser ... Customer (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Eph Hackett (uncredited)
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Directed by
H.C. Potter 
 
Writing credits
Eric Hodgins (novel)

Norman Panama (written for the screen by) and
Melvin Frank (written for the screen by)

Produced by
Melvin Frank .... producer
Norman Panama .... producer
Dore Schary .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harry Marker 
 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
 
Set Decoration by
Harley Miller (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera 
 
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Hazel Rogers .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
James H. Anderson .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Lane .... assistant director
Alex Finlayson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Joel Freeman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound
Francis M. Sarver .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Burke .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jim Kirley .... grip (uncredited)
Gaston Longet .... still photographer (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
 
Other crew
Dore Schary .... presenter
John Swope .... technical advisor
Dan Cassell .... stand-in: Cary Grant (uncredited)
Charles Cirillo .... stand-in (uncredited)
Ivy Keene .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jean Nash .... stand-in (uncredited)
Reinhard W. Noack .... German version dubbing director (uncredited)
Charlie Phillips .... stand-in (uncredited)
Kay Phillips .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Pete Weissmuller .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
94 min | West Germany:100 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | France:U | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1949) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #12766) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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:It just so happened that General... uh... Gates stopped right there at that very house to water his horses.
Bill Cole:I don't care if General Grant dropped in for a scotch and soda. You're still getting rooked.
Jim Blandings:That was a different war!
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Movie Connections:
Remade as The Money Pit (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
Home on the RangeSee more »

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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Pretty Good Comedy, & Not Without Some Commentary, 24 February 2005
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

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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