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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?

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on July 1, 1949 with Cary Grant reprising his film role.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Joan Blandings:Miss Stellwagon says advertising makes people who can't afford it, buy things they don't want, with money they haven't got.See more »
Movie Connections:
Home on the RangeSee more »


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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
You really couldn't go wrong with Grant and Loy..., 14 July 2002
Author: gaityr from United Kingdom

The film opens with Bill Coles (Melvyn Douglas) telling a story about how his best friend--make that client--Jim Blandings (Cary Grant) and his family are tightly packed into a small New York apartment, with not enough closet space and way too few bathrooms. When Jim's wife, Muriel (Myrna Loy), wants to renovate the apartment, advertising exec Jim falls in love with (or falls for!) an ad for a house. Once he's purchased the house, bills and frustration pile up incessantly as everything that can go wrong with the building of Jim's 'dream house' goes wrong.

One of three collaborations between Grant and Loy, this is a charming little comedy--not very taxing, with no real great message, but a great way to spend an hour or two. The laughs are there right from the start, when the alarm clock goes off and Jim tries to shut it off, only to be thwarted at every turn by Muriel. The timing and delivery of the comedic lines and situations can only be given by a couple of seasoned pros, and that's just what Grant and Loy give us: polished performances, simple chemistry, and a lot of fun. Myrna Loy is in a pretty thankless role (it's evident that Grant's character Jim gets the lion share of the lines and the acting, and Grant, as always, pulls both off with remarkable aplomb), but she gives Muriel a colour, life and bite that only Myrna Loy can give a character. Melvyn Douglas plays wry amusement to perfection as well, never hitting a single wrong note.

One of my favourite scenes has definitely got to be when Bill gets himself locked in the 'store room', and Jim goes to 'save' him... only to get everyone trapped inside! Every little problem that pops up for the Blandings renovation project--including petty jealousy and an ad campaign for 'Wham'--seems to bring together everything that *could* go wrong with building a new house but makes it believable and an enjoyable watch. 8/10

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