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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?

The house "Blandings' Way" really exists on Indian Hill Road in New Milford, Connecticut. It's a beautiful huge white art deco/colonial house that has many of the actual rooms discussed in the movie - such as a room to cut flowers. Also less than a mile away on Long Mountain Road is executive producer of the movie and MGM head Dore Schary's old country home.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the opening credits the blueprint misspells the name Blandings by adding an apostrophe (e.g., "Blanding's").See more »
Jim Blandings:[reading eviction notice] Hmm! Well, we'll just see about that!
Muriel Blandings:What is it? What's the matter, Jim?
Jim Blandings:Mr. William Cole, please. Hello, Bill. They can't get away with this! I know my rights as a citizen. Why, this notice from the owner of this building. He wants our apartment. He's ordering us to move in thirty days. Well, that's ridiculous! How can I move into a house that isn't even finished...
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Movie Connections:
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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Cary Grant at his best, 19 October 2003
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

This film is a fantastic showcase for Grant's bewildered man of America, and he always did that so well. The Blandings, a 'typical New York family, on about 15,000 a year', decide to leave their four room apartment in the city and buy a 'dream house' in rural Connecticut.

Of course, this being a comedy, you know it won't go smoothly (you get a good clue as well from Melvyn Douglas' laconic narration here and there, as the Blandings' long-suffering lawyer, and Mrs B's high school sweetheart). First the picturesque little home is a wreck, then they start to plan a substitute (the scene where Mr and Mrs B plan what rooms their new house will have is classic), then everything that can go wrong goes wrong ... on top of this, Grant's harrassed advertising executive has to find a slogan for the bete noire of his company, Wham! ham.

My particular favourite scenes involve Myrna Loy, perfect as Mrs B, instructing which colours of paint each room will have; and a little room at the top of the house which regularly traps Grant inside. A highly recommended RKO goodie, this film. Hugely enjoyable.

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