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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)


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Release Date: Mar 25, 1948 Limited



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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


Classics, Comedy

Melvin Frank, Norman Panama, Eric Hodgins

Jun 1, 2004


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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (3) | DVD (11)

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

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

April 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

May 30, 2005 Full Review Source:

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

June 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

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.

June 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

[Grant] has perfect comic timing and an amazing ability to contort his body in hilarious bits of physical comedy.

April 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Mr. Grant builds my dream movie!

April 4, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Remains perhaps the most effective of Grant's domesticated films.

March 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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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.
July 28, 2013
Jim Hunter

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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.
July 21, 2011

Super Reviewer

Grant and Loy make a great team in this hilarious comedy. I love it, and I recommend you see it too.
October 24, 2010

Super Reviewer

Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House builds heavily on it's predecessors (Jack Benny's "George Washington Slept Here" for one, and W.C. Fields movies in general, for another), while at the same time, inspiring future "do-it-yourselfers-gone-wrong" movies ("The Money Pit" for one and "Are We Done Yet?" for another) and yet, it has something going for it that those other don't: Cary Grant. Sure, it may be a little difficult to picture the erudite Grant as the henpecked, middle class husband and father of two, but this is a Hollywood picture afterall, and we naturally suspend our disbelief when it comes to such matters. Then again, if I were married to Myrna Loy, I probably wouldn't mind being henpecked either. Mr. Blandings, sick of living life in a cramped New York apartment, decides to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and move to a little home out in the country. Unfortunately, he buys his home with his heart, not his head, and winds up with dilapidated, ramshackle house that, in the long run is cheaper to tear down and build over. And that's just the start of his problems. Mr. Blandings isn't rocket science, it's a cute comedy very much in the same vein as other cute comedies of the 40s and 50s, overall a very enjoyable classic.
April 20, 2010
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Devon Bott

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    1. Bill Cole: You've been taken to the cleaners, and you don't even know your pants are off.
    2. Muriel Blandings: I refuse to endanger the lives of my children in a house with less than four bathrooms.
    3. Jim Blandings: replies: For 1,300 dollars they can live in a house with three bathrooms and ROUGH IT.
    4. Joan Blandings: Oh look. Mother's diary. It's slightly torrid.
    5. 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.
    6. Muriel Blandings: replies to Jim: Would you prefer it the other way around?
    7. 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.
    – Submitted by rick b (2 years ago)
    1. 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!
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. 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...
    2. Mr. Delford: You got that Charlie?
    3. Workman: Red, green, blue, yellow, white.
    4. Mr. Delford: Check.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Gussie: If you ain't eatin' Wham, you ain't eatin' ham.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
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