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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

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Director: H.C. Potter, Cary Grant, Louise Beavers, Myrna Loy

Cast: H.C. Potter, Cary Grant, Louise Beavers, Myrna Loy


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H.C. Potter directs Cary Grant in the comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Warner Bros. issues the film for the first time on DVD with this release which presents the film in the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono; English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible as well. Supplemental


H.C. Potter directs Cary Grant in the comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Warner Bros. issues the film for the first time on DVD with this release which presents the film in the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono; English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible as well. Supplemental materials include a pair of radio broadcasts featuring Grant, a collection of trailers for other films featuring Grant, and the Tex Avery directed animated short The House of Tomorrow. This disc became available the same day as a handful of other Cary Grant films including The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The American dream of home ownership becomes a nightmare for one couple in this sprightly 1948 satire, which veteran comedy scribes Norman Panama and Melvin Frank adapted from a bestselling novel by Eric Hodgins. It’s another vehicle for Cary Grant and Myrna Loy, who teamed so felicitously in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer a year earlier. This time around they play New Yorkers who, exasperated by city living and tiny apartments, become desperate to own a home in the country. A shrewd real estate broker sells them on a ramshackle farmhouse that they purchase as a "fixer-upper." But the fixer-upper eventually comes down to make room for a new home built to their specifications -- a process that taxes both their finances and their patience. Grant and Loy are perfect in their roles, displaying the effortless comic timing that made them top stars during Hollywood’s "golden age." Perennial second banana Melvyn Douglas provokes a plethora of laughs with his sly rejoinders, while Reginald Denny, Connie Marshall, Louise Beavers, and Ian Wolfe contribute similarly effective supporting turns. Director H. C. Potter maintains a measured pace, slowly but steadily building to a climax of hysterically absurd proportions. Other movies -- most notably The Money Pit -- have mined the same comedic vein, but Potter struck pay dirt first, and Mr. Blandings remains the funniest take on the material ever filmed.
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is an ideal example of the sort of frothy, smart-without-congratulating-itself comedy that Hollywood regularly produced in the first half of the 20th century. Cary Grant is near the top of his comic form as Jim Blandings, blundering through the construction of his new home in Connecticut with more bull-headed determination than practical skill, and Myrna Loy is his superbly dry comic counterpart as Jim's slightly more sensible mate, Muriel Blandings; the wonderful scene in which she sends the painting contractor to the produce market in search of the right colors is light comic absurdity at its best. And how about a hand for Connie Marshall and Sharyn Moffett as the Blandings daughters, who never fail to hit the right note of bemusement and embarrassment with their parents' ongoing fiasco, and Louise Beavers as Gussie, the loyal servant who seems a bit smarter than her boss (and has one of the best lines in the movie). Melvin Frank's and Norman Panama's screenplay puts enough spin on the situations to keep them from getting hackneyed, and H.C. Potter's direction keeps things light, lively, and on their toes. Like a good gin and tonic, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is light and bubbly, with just enough bite to be both refreshing and intriguing.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Turner Home Ent
Region Code:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Two radio productions: The October 10, 1949, Lux Radio Theater broadcast starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne and The June 9, 1950, Screen Directors Playhouse broadcast starring Cary Grant and Betsy Drake; Cartoon: "The House of Tomorrow"; Cary Grant trailer gallery; Subtitles: English, Français, and Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Jim Blandings
Louise Beavers Gussie
Myrna Loy Muriel Blandings
Melvyn Douglas Bill Cole
Reginald Denny Henry Simms
Jason Robards John Retch
Lex Barker Carpenter Foreman
Connie Marshall Betsy Blandings
Sharyn Moffett Joan Blandings
Nestor Paiva Joe Appolionion
Emory Parnell Mr. Delford
Harry Shannon W.D. Tesander
Lurene Tuttle Mary
Tito Vuolo Mr. Zucca
Stanley Andrews Murphy
Robert Bray Actor
Don Brodie Charlie
Cliff Clark Jones
Kernan Cripps Cop
Frank Darien Judge Quarles
Hal K. Dawson Mr. Selby
Mike Lally Actor
Friedrich Ledebur Workman
Charles B. Middleton Wrecker
Franklin Parker Simpson
Cy Slocum Man
Jack Jahries Elevator Operator
Ralph Stein Proprietor
Bud Wiser Customer
Ian Wolfe Smith
Dan Tobin Bunny Funkhauser
Will Wright Eph Hackett

Technical Credits
H.C. Potter Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Gordon Bau Makeup
Carroll Clark Art Director
Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Melvin Frank Producer,Screenwriter
Leigh Harline Score Composer
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
James Lane Asst. Director
Harry Marker Editor
Harley Miller Set Decoration/Design
Norman Panama Producer,Screenwriter
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [1:27]
2. Manhattan [2:40]
3. Morning Effort [5:13]
4. Bathroom Sharing [4:29]
5. Breakfast Table Hardship [3:32]
6. Saving Money [4:04]
7. Visualizing Their Home [4:59]
8. Certain Intangibles [4:05]
9. Expert Advice [4:12]
10. Dream Designs [:57]
11. Mortgage Misstep [3:46]
12. No Water Broken Bucket [5:54]
13. Wet Cellar [5:57]
14. Rip 'Em Out [3:33]
15. In Case of Emergency [2:30]
16. Just About Complete [3:23]
17. Color Match [5:38]
18. Torrid Discovery [2:13]
19. The Lovable Truth [3:41]
20. In Out of the Rain [4:20]
21. Lost His Touch? [2:51]
22. Four Little Flagstones [2:54]
23. A Conspiracy [3:53]
24. You Ain't Eatin' Ham [4:19]
25. Cast List [2:48]


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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
pippy More than 1 year ago
This movie moves rapidly with changes in scenes and snappy dialogue. For anyone who has done home improvements or had contractors underfoot, we can all relate to the unexpected problems and financial emergencies that come with changing or building a home. Even having a third wheel in the marriage and two children adds dimension to the story! This was one that I will watch again.
tlcox1 More than 1 year ago
When updating an apartment in town seems just too expensive, the Blandings go about building their own "country estate". Working their way through one problem after another, it seems the place will never be completed. Great Cary Grant/Myrna Loy interaction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
We have watched this video many times, then after building our own home, I see where a lot of the headaches can arise. One of the many similar items happened while working on the landscaping and digging up a lot of big rocks. At one point, I looked at my husband and said the unforgettable line - ''That's a no rock - that's a ledge.'' He about fell over and our neighbors thought we were nuts. It made the rest of the yard work easy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cary Grant and Myrna Loy are a city couple who decide to leave and move to the country. They pack up and move out, but home ownership proves to be more difficult than anyone could have ever dreamed. Filled with funny dialogue and hilarious mishaps, this is one film you'll definitely want to see. You don't have to be a homeowner to enjoy this film. The performances of its actors and the disasters that occur are enough to win anyone over! Also stars Melvyn Douglas (Theodora Goes Wild) and Reginald Denny (Of Human Bondage, Rebecca). Be sure to see this film, you'll be laughing all the way!