Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)


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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Hodgins, Norman Panama, Melvin Frank
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004


as Jim Blandings

as Muriel Blandings

as Bill Cole

as Henry Simms

as John Retch

as Joan Blandings

as Betsy Blandings

as Smith

as Carpenter

as W.D. Tesander

as Mr. Zucca

as Mr. Delford

as Eph Hackett

as Judge Quarles

as Jones

as Elevator Operator

as Workman

as Charlie

as Mr. Selby

as Proprietor

as Customer

as Customer

as Taxi Driver

as Bunny Funkhauser
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[Cary] Grant and ,Myrna] Loy were congenitally incapable of turning in poor work in a comedy.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

Those in the middle-aged demographic might find this middlebrow comedy more pleasing than others.

Full Review… | April 18, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

best appreciated as a sort of adult version of teenage hygiene films from the '40s and '50s

Full Review… | May 30, 2005

The incredibly handsome, photogenic, movie-star image seems to disappear as Grant becomes simply the harassed Everyman.

Full Review… | June 22, 2004
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

An advertising executive moves his New York family to Connecticut and involves them in a real estate swindle.
Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Melvyn Douglas are all great actors, but even they can't save this film from banal mediocrity. The central conflict is Jim Blandings's pursuit of an American Dream on steroids and a entitled sense of opulence, but this conflict isn't really resolved because Blandings never tones down his ambitions or does anything to earn his privileged opinion of himself. The plotline about Muriel's potential affair with Bill doesn't have any legs either because, like Jim should, we trust her implicitly. Some of the supporting characters are -- "Yep" -- mildly amusing, but even a chuckle didn't escape me.
Overall, just like its more modern imitator, The Money Pit, this film is pointlessly unfunny.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Great chemistry between the cast members keeps Mr. Blandings from being a real bore. It's got it's moments, but it's nothing to flip for.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Grant and Loy make a great team in this hilarious comedy. I love it, and I recommend you see it too.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

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