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May 4, 2017
For a comedy I found it fairly tame even for its time. Cary Grant is interesting to watch as he usually is on screen, but aside from that there is nothing really special about this film. (First and only viewing - 2/1/2014)
½ February 4, 2017
Good fun, not a great movie, but fun.
½ November 16, 2016
Fun set up and it is a pure pleasure watching Cary Grant and Myrna Loy working together. They have such great chemistry together. A special mention should be made to Melvyn Douglas as well.
November 7, 2015
The impeccable cast is in top form in this delightful story - the mirror opposite of The Out-of-Towners. Sophisticated New Yorkers build a house in the country & it eats them up. Beyond the flawless comedic interplay between Loy, Grant & Douglas, terrific performs are turned in by Reginald Denny, Louise Beavers & Harry Shannon.

What sets this movie apart from other movies involved with building (the ludicrous Money Pit, the dreadful Towering Inferno) is the incredible accuracy of the construction references. It's refreshing to watch such an entertaining flick without having to roll your eyes at ridiculous plot set-ups.
½ July 22, 2015
Holds up to this day; Cary Grant and Myrna Loy pull off an unlikely performance as a 'youthful' couple learning how to build a house properly. While the laughter is spread wafer thinly, the plot is structured well with plenty of obstacles. Though I have to admit that the ending is partially rushed, even by today's standards.
½ April 6, 2015
Hysterical, timeless movie for anyone who has built, remodeled or is thinking about doing any. Great gift for builders to give their clients ;-)
February 21, 2015
rather funny, and if you know anyone who built a home, you can affirm it really isn't that ridiculous
February 5, 2015
Advertising man Jim Blandings lives in a cramped, two-bedroom apartment with his wife and two daughters. After one particularly frustrating morning in the close quarters and threats from his wife to remodel their apartment, Blandings decides it's time for the family to move somewhere they can all have a bit more elbow room.

Turns out that place is Connecticut where Blandings buys 50 acres of land that isn't quite 50 acres and with a house that's falling down. Forced to tear down and start over from scratch, the headaches (and the price tag) escalate over "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" ninety-minute (or so) run. Adding to Blandings' headaches is the advertising account dropped into his lap that has led to the several colleagues exit from the firm.

Cary Grant and Myrna Loy have great chemistry in this fun little comedy that is an underappreciated gem. Watching the two banter back and forth over what is and is not essential to their dream home (each child gets a bedroom with its own bathroom and two closets) is delightful and there are some funny set pieces. Blandings' growing frustration as everything skyrockets out of control is nicely done.

The only misstep in the film is a subplot where Blandings wonders if his wife and best friend might be having an affair. While the best friend (and Blandings' lawyer) serves as a narrator for the story and attempts to offer a voice of reason for much of Blandings' insanity and impulsive moves, the subplot distracts rather than adds anything to the film.
½ November 23, 2014
A good old fashion comedy with great chemistry between Grant and Loy
October 20, 2014
Anyone who has ever renovated a house will identify with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy in "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" (1948). Melvyn Douglas, from whose point of view the story is told, gets many of the best lines in this very witty film, and no one ever described colors as hilariously as Loy.
August 20, 2014
If you are a fan of Cary Grant and enjoy dry, witty banter and a story line that is drawn from real every-day events, you can not find a better movie, a must see for anyone even thinking about doing a remodel, as well as anyone who loves to laugh! One of the all time best, and one of those movies that will have you tossing around quotes on a daily basis.....more or less.
August 19, 2014
This movie holds up very well to the test of time. Excellent throughout a good laugh to be had!
August 13, 2014
A family movie of the first order. In a day when cursing, nudity, and innuendo are considered mandatory for humor, this movie shines. Excellent!
January 25, 2014
Classic funny terrifically acted and stands trough the test of time!! Still very relevant and funny today ;)
½ October 31, 2013
Mildly amusing comedy enhanced by the talented cast.
Super Reviewer
July 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.
May 20, 2013
Love this movie. I've seen about 1/2 dozen times in the past 30 years. Now I am going to be building my own dream house, i'm reminded of this movie.
May 20, 2013
Something of a bizarre paean to petite bourgeois, credit-driven capitalism, leavened with the considerable charm of its leads.
May 12, 2013
The original "Money Pit" with Cary Grant's suave yet flustered Mr. Blandings.
April 27, 2013
Funny and sweet story !!
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