Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
Average Rating: 7.1/10
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Release Date: Mar 25, 1948 Limited
Average Rating: 3.7/5
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Fed up with crowded big-city living, advertising executive Mr. Blandings (Cary Grant) decides to seek out a big, roomy house in the country. Armed with more enthusiasm than common sense, Blandings causes many a headache for his lawyer/business manager Melvyn Douglas, who tries to keep the costs within a reasonable amount. Alas, Blandings bulls ahead on his own, first purchasing an estate on the verge of collapse, then opting to build his dream house from scratch. An unpleasant legal squabble
Mar 25, 1948 Limited
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[Cary] Grant and ,Myrna] Loy were congenitally incapable of turning in poor work in a comedy.
Those in the middle-aged demographic might find this middlebrow comedy more pleasing than others.
best appreciated as a sort of adult version of teenage hygiene films from the '40s and '50s
The incredibly handsome, photogenic, movie-star image seems to disappear as Grant becomes simply the harassed Everyman.
Much of the Blandings’ dissatisfaction is of their own making, as they discover that realtors can be shrewd, mortgages can be complicated, and everything costs twice as much as you initially expect it to.
[Grant] has perfect comic timing and an amazing ability to contort his body in hilarious bits of physical comedy.
Mr. Grant builds my dream movie!
Audience Reviews for Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
- Bill Cole: You've been taken to the cleaners, and you don't even know your pants are off.
- Muriel Blandings: I refuse to endanger the lives of my children in a house with less than four bathrooms.
- Jim Blandings: replies: For 1,300 dollars they can live in a house with three bathrooms and ROUGH IT.
- Joan Blandings: Oh look. Mother's diary. It's slightly torrid.
- Jim Blandings: What's with this kissing all of a sudden? I don't like it. Every time he goes out of this house, he shakes my hand and kisses you.
- Muriel Blandings: replies to Jim: Would you prefer it the other way around?
- Bill Cole: The next time you're going to do anything or say anything or buy anything, think it over very carefully. When you're sure you're right, forget the whole thing.
- Jim Blandings: This little piggy went to market. A meek and as mild as a lamb. He smiled in his tracks. When they slipped him the axe. He KNEW he'd turn out to be Wham!
- Muriel Blandings: I want it to be a soft green, not as blue-green as a robin's egg, but not as yellow-green as daffodil buds. Now, the only sample I could get is a little too yellow, but don't let whoever does it go to the other extreme and get it too blue. It should just be a sort of grayish-yellow-green. Now, the dining room. I'd like yellow. Not just yellow; a very gay yellow. Something bright and sunshine-y. I tell you, Mr. PeDelford, if you'll send one of your men to the grocer for a pound of their best butter, and match that exactly, you can't go wrong! Now, this is the paper we're going to use in the hall. It's flowered, but I don't want the ceiling to match any of the colors of the flowers. There's some little dots in the background, and it's these dots I want you to match. Not the little greenish dot near the hollyhock leaf, but the little bluish dot between the rosebud and the delphinium blossom. Is that clear? Now the kitchen is to be white. Not a cold, antiseptic hospital white. A little warmer, but still, not to suggest any other color but white. Now for the powder room - in here - I want you to match this thread, and don't lose it. It's the only spool I have and I had an awful time finding it! As you can see, it's practically an apple red. Somewhere between a healthy winesap and an unripened Jonathan. Oh, excuse me...
- Mr. Delford: You got that Charlie?
- Workman: Red, green, blue, yellow, white.
- Mr. Delford: Check.
- Gussie: If you ain't eatin' Wham, you ain't eatin' ham.
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