Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House 1948

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

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When advertising executive Jim Blandings (Cary Grant) discovers his wife's (Myrna Loy) plan to redecorate their New York apartment, he counters with a proposal that they move to Connecticut. She agrees, and the two are soon conned into buying a house that turns out to be a complete nightmare. Construction and repair bills accumulate quickly, and Jim worries that their future hangs in the balance unless he can come up with a catchy new jingle that will sell ham.

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Cary Grant
Jim Blandings
Myrna Loy
Muriel Blandings
Sharyn Moffett
Joan Blandings
Connie Marshall
Betsy Blandings
Louise Beavers
Gussie
Lex Barker
Carpenter Foreman
H. C. Potter
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Audience Reviews for Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

  • Jul 28, 2013
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    Grant and Loy make a great team in this hilarious comedy. I love it, and I recommend you see it too.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2010
    I've never been into old B/W comedies but I saw this at the library & decided to take a chance on it & Im glad I did
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2010
    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.
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