Stage 7: Season 1, Episode 24

The Hayfield (18 Sep. 1955)

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City slicker turned country gentleman Jim Blandings expects to make a small fortune by selling the hay on his land. Upset after learning that it's ten acres of weeds, he ignores pleas to ... See full summary »

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Macdonald Carey ...
Jim Blandings (as Mac Donald Carey)
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Muriel Blandings
Dick Foran ...
Bill Cole
Ralph Moody ...
Nellus
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Mr. Quinby
Frank Ferguson ...
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Dick Elliott ...
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Jean Howell ...
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Dee Aaker ...
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City slicker turned country gentleman Jim Blandings expects to make a small fortune by selling the hay on his land. Upset after learning that it's ten acres of weeds, he ignores pleas to hire a pro and decides to burn off the vegetation himself. Naturally, volunteer fire department is called. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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Jim Blandings: [dejected, to Muriel] What is it? Can you tell me? Ever since I've bought this place, nothing is right. No matter what I do, it fights me. I shouldn't have signed a mortgage; I should have signed a non-aggression pact!
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A sequel to the famous Cary Grant movie.
27 September 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This TV show is very, very unusual in that it's a sequel to a famous movie, Cary Grant's "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House". However, the actors are completely different.

MacDonald Carey stars as James Blandings, an advertising executive who inexplicably has decided to move out to the country and buy a farm. Phyllis Thaxter plays Murial, his long-suffering wife. I say 'long-suffering' because James is a dreamer and continually gets himself into trouble because of this. So, not only are they living very far from the city, but their attempts to make a go of the farm have been far from successful and rather comical.

In his latest scheme, James hope to make a small fortune from some land on which he's been growing hay. As usual, the wife encourages James to THINK THIS THROUGH--get advice before proceeding with his plans. But, as I said, James is a dreamer and has visions of wealth--and in the process he ends up not only NOT making the money he'd hoped but ends up costing them a small fortune. How? See the show.

In many ways, this show plays a lot like the later series "Green Acres". However, instead of the locals all being idiots and weirdos, the only one in the show is James himself. His attempt to become a gentleman farmer is, like Oliver Douglas in "Green Acres", is fraught with one misadvanture after another. It's all rather clever and worth seeing and the stars are quite nice. Perhaps, I wonder, this might have been an attempt to launch such a series though nothing came of the idea until "Green Acres".


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