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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:
A house in Connecticut See more (72 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)

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)
 
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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 (video rating) (1987) (1997) (1999) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #12766) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
"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 »
Goofs:
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 »
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:
Soundtrack:
Home on the RangeSee more »

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A house in Connecticut, 19 April 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

Manhattan apartment dwellers have to put up with all kinds of inconveniences. The worst one is the lack of closet space! Some people who eat out all the time use their ranges and dishwashers as storage places because the closets are already full!

Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, a great comedy writing team from that era, saw the potential in Eric Hodgins novel, whose hero, Jim Blandings, can't stand the cramped apartment where he and his wife Muriel, and two daughters, must share.

Jim Blandings, a Madison Ave. executive, has had it! When he sees an ad for Connecticut living, he decides to take a look. Obviously, a first time owner, Jim is duped by the real estate man into buying the dilapidated house he is taken to inspect by an unscrupulous agent. This is only the beginning of his problems.

Whatever could be wrong, goes wrong. The architect is asked to come out with a plan that doesn't work for the new house, after the original one is razed. As one problem leads to another, more money is necessary, and whatever was going to be the original cost, ends up in an inflated price that Jim could not really afford.

The film is fun because of the three principals in it. Cary Grant was an actor who clearly understood the character he was playing and makes the most out of Jim Blandings. Myrna Loy, was a delightful actress who was always effective playing opposite Mr. Grant. The third character, Bill Cole, an old boyfriend of Myrna, turned lawyer for the Blandings, is suave and debonair, the way Melvin Douglas portrayed him. One of the Blandings girls, Joan, is played by Sharyn Moffett, who bore an uncanny resemblance to Eva Marie Saint. The great Louise Beavers plays Gussie, but doesn't have much to do.

The film is lovingly photographed by James Wong Howe, who clearly knew what to do to make this film appear much better. The direction of H.C. Potter is light and he succeeded in this film that will delight fans of classic comedies.

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