Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

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What The Money Pit and Funny Farm were striving for is here in all of its glory. For anyone who has ever remodeled or built or even just owns their own home, this is the one to see. A classic, this story has Cary Grant at his funniest as an advertising executive who gets tired of the city life and moves to the country. With Loy and Douglas in supporting roles, its family entertainment with the classic Grant style.

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Cast

Cary Grant
as Jim Blandings
Myrna Loy
as Muriel Blandings
Melvyn Douglas
as Bill Cole
Reginald Denny
as Henry Simms
Sharyn Moffett
as Joan Blandings
Connie Marshall
as Betsy Blandings
Ian Wolfe
as Smith
Lex Barker
as Carpenter
Harry Shannon
as W.D. Tesander
Tito Vuolo
as Mr. Zucca
Emory Parnell
as Mr. Delford
Will Wright
as Eph Hackett
Frank Darien
as Judge Quarles
Jack Jahries
as Elevator Operator
Robert Bray
as Workman
Don Brodie
as Charlie
Hal K. Dawson
as Mr. Selby
Ralph Stein
as Proprietor
Michael Lally
as Customer
Bud Wiser
as Customer
Gene Leslie
as Taxi Driver
Dan Tobin
as Bunny Funkhauser
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2)

This lightly sweetened tale is still remarkably meaty.

Mar 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Blandings may turn out to be too citified for small-town audiences, and incomprehensible abroad; but among those millions of Americans who have tried to feather a country nest with city greenbacks, it ought to hit the jackpot.

Mar 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Feb 4, 2013 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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

Apr 18, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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

May 30, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

Jun 22, 2004 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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
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
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 V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

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