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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House -- Cary Grant stars as a New York businessman whose dream of a country home is shattered when he buys a dilapidated rural house. Co-starring Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas.


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Release Date:
4 June 1948 (USA) See more »
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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  (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)

Directed by
H.C. Potter  (as 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 (set decorations)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
94 min | West Germany:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | France:U | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1949) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (video rating) (1987) (1997) (1999) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #12766) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

In the movie, a flooded excavation plagues the Blandings and their builders, requiring pumps to empty it. In reality, Eric Hodgins reported in his interview with LIFE magazine that the movie set excavation leaked so badly that large pumps were required just to keep it filled for shooting.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Betsy cuts the classified ad from the paper, she says "It's just sixteen words" then proceeds to read "Forced to sell farm dwelling original beams barn apple orchard trout stream seclusion superb view will sacrifice". Seventeen words.See more »
Jim Blandings:What's with this kissing all of a sudden? I don't like it. Every time he goes out of this house, he shakes my hand and kisses you.
Muriel Blandings:Would you prefer it the other way around?
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39 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Delightful comedy, 3 January 1999
Author: Cajun-4 from Toronto, Canada

I saw this movie when it was first released in 1948. Now 50 years later I watch it again. The comedy holds up remarkably well. Say what you like about the Hollywood studios of the forties but they could turn out these pleasant entertainments seemingly without effort. The perils of buying and building a house have not changed (although the prices certainly have!)It's a delight to watch three seasoned professionals (Grant,Loy and Douglas)play against each other so well. All the minor characters are well cast. The touches of sentiment are never over done. A movie well worth seeing more than once.

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