The Blandings live in New York in a tiny apartment. They decide to move to the country and find that buying and building and living in their own home is easier said than done.Written by
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Mr. Blandings' yearly salary of $15,000 would be (adjusted for inflation) approximately $160,000 in 2020. The screenwriters had originally given him a salary of $10,000, but postwar inflation forced them to give him a raise before shooting began. See more »
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 »
Darling, I'm going out to the place this afternoon. Bill's driving me up to see about the landscaping.
That'll be nice... What do you mean Bill's driving you?
Why do you always say 'what do you mean' when you know perfectly well what I mean and you mean?
I mean the moment I turn my back, Bill Cole's driving you someplace or something.
He's only being helpful.
I thought he was a lawyer. Why isn't he out suing somebody?
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Opening credits are shown on an architect's blueprints. See more »
A timeless comedy that any homeowner can chuckle at
While the prices have gone up a lot, and some of the details have become dated, any homeowner who's struggled with problems of homeownership should get a lot of chuckles out of this movie. I know I did.
Mr. Blandings, a New York ad executive, decides to move his family to the Connecticut suburbs and build himself a nice house there. He gets into one hilarious jam after another, from mortgages to lawsuits to construction difficulties, as the costs and schedule of the construction keep escalating out of control. I thought that the funniest scenes were where Blandings hires a contractor to dig a well for water. They dig down hundreds of feet, but never find water. Yet only a short distance away, a few days later, the basement of his house-to-be floods!
Cary Grant and Myrna Loy give believable performances as the harried Blandings couple overwhelmed by problems they never imagined, and Melvyn Douglas is even better as Blanding's lawyer and family friend.
The only caveat is that social attitudes have changed a lot since 1948. Mrs. Blandings is portrayed as a bit of a naive dimbulb who has no idea how much additional trouble she's causing, and there's a black maid (horrors!). So don't watch this movie through the social lens of 2003, and you'll enjoy it all the more.
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