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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (2004)

Cary Grant , Myrna Loy , H.C. Potter , Tex Avery  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Frank Graham, Don Messick, Melvyn Douglas
  • Directors: H.C. Potter, Tex Avery
  • Writers: Eric Hodgins, Jack Cosgriff, Melvin Frank, Norman Panama, Rich Hogan
  • Producers: Dore Schary
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Black & White, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001WTWVU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,387 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" on IMDb

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  • All new digital transfer
  • 2 radio productions starring Cary Grant
  • Cartoon "The House of Tomorrow"
  • Cary Grant trailer gallery

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Cary Grant is hilarious as a successful New York advertising executive who wants to escape the confines of his family's tiny midtown apartment. So he designs his dream home in the suburbs and discovers the project wasn't as easy as it seemed. The house gets larger. The bills get bigger. The problems just won't go away. Eventually, the whole affair becomes a nightmare-a very funny nightmare-that left audiences laughing in 1948 and will have you in stitches, too. This is the comedic masterpiece that inspired the popular 1987 movie "The Money Pit." It's an adventure in homeowning that strikes a familiar chord with everyone who's ever bought a house. Year: 1948 Director: H.C. Potter Starring: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas

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92 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Means we gotta blast...... December 17, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Yeeup! As Mr. Tersander would say. This is one of my favorite films. While not exactly bust-a-gut funny, it is warmly amusing throughout with a couple of classic lines & scenes (the perplexing storeroom, the "letch", the well, the all-night Wham session etc.), played to perfection with ease and charm (my God those are lost arts, aren't they?) by a cast of pros who are immediately likeable and comfortable to be around.

The story of a New York adman building his dream house in Connecticut being snookered by the "hicks" and then the series of disasters and cost overruns that befall him, the film is played with just the right tone, light and with great good humor, from the falling lintels to the Zuzz-Zuzz water softener.

Some may question the 5 stars, and although it may not be a great movie, I give it all 5 because Grant, Loy and Douglas are a lost breed of irreplaceable class players, and this kind of effortless amusement is pretty much an extinct genre.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny... July 19, 2002
By ehakus
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Often imitated but never quite surpassed, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is a classic comedy about a topic still as current now as it was in the 1940s. Silly but very funny, this movie is really great - featuring the ever hilarious Cary Grant, and Myrna Loy.
Essentially, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is about a family that decides to move to the country and get away from the overcrowding in the apartment. Instead of making life easier, however, their decision to move causes disaster after disaster. This movie is a hilarious example of how whatever can go wrong will!
Although the topic could have easily degenerated into stupidity, the script, the directing and, most of all, the cast, turn the movie into a classic. The script is witty and very funny, and it is directed with style - but mainly, Cary Grant is terrific! His double takes and reactions will never be equalled...any scene that he is in in pretty much guaranteed to be hysterical. Myrna Loy does a good job of cooling balancing Grant's screwball character, and the supporting cast is good as well.
Anyhow, this is a funny movie for the whole family - it is highly recommended!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Been There, Done That July 21, 2001
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Cary Grant and Myrna Loy have a very comfortable chemistry together in this comedy about a couple that decides to get out of their cramped city apartment and move out into the country. Through stubborness and sheer ignorance, they end up making a number of expensive errors as they attempt to build their dream house. The story is narrated by their friend and lawyer Bill, well played by Melvyn Douglas, a cynical man who learns it's easier to just let them make their mistakes. Grant is the perfect actor to express the exasperation of the whole process. The man had amazing comedic timing, deceptively making it look easy. The script hits all of the potential problems with building, and the film is smoothly produced. This is the kind of comedy that will appeal to most people, because almost everyone has had the opportunity to experience the joy that is remodelling, landscaping, decorating, or building. There's something in here for everyone to appreciate.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A True Story February 24, 2005
"Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House" is a witty movie in the wry style not often seen today. Cary Grant and Myrna Loy are wonderful, as is Melvyn Douglas.

This endearing movie is actually based on a true story. Architectural Digest ran an article about it titled "Mr Blandings' Dream House - Revisiting an American Icon in Connecticut" in June 1991.

According to the article, Mr Hodgins (the original Mr Blandings) began building his dream house in 1939 in New Milford, Connecticut. At the time of the article the home still stood and was known as Blandings Way. The Hollywood version of the house was built in Malibu Creek State Park and was also standing in 1991.

The house's original budget was $11,000 but the final cost came to a dizzying $56,000. Mr Hodgins was nearly bankrupted and was forced to sell his dream house just two years after moving in. It was then that he told his story in "Mr Blandings Builds His Castle" and the sequel "Blandings Way". When Mr Hodgins was paid $200,000 for the film rights to his book he offered the entire amount to the (then) current owners of his dream house, but they refused to sell.

This is a great movie true to the original story -- right down to the flower room! Recommend.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Favorite Movie! September 16, 2005
By avidrdr
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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is a favorite for my husband and me! We have watched it at least 8 or 10 times and still find it hilarious. We are building a home and we constantly quote different parts of the movie as the costs seem to be much higher and the rooms seem much smaller (always the case when building). The movie is in black and white and has no sex, violence, or special effects--just a humorous look at a snippet of real life.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "If you ain't eating Wham, you ain't eating ham." April 3, 2005
By Bomojaz
Cary Grant is the adman and head-of-the-family living in tight quarters in NYC. So he decides to move to bigger digs in Connecticut and have his own house built. Of course there are complications with the construction, the money, and finally his job - but it all works out. What makes this work so well is that the principals are all in top form. The direction is swift and smooth, and the Blandings believable and enjoyable to watch. It's a lot of fun; the b&w print transfer is also impeccable. Definitely worth a watch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars You will laugh.
I bought an old house (1840) that needs extensive work. Identifying with Mr. Blanding is easy for me.
Published 18 hours ago by Calium
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my all time favorite films, very funny all the way through
Published 2 days ago by Jimmie H Collier
5.0 out of 5 stars Misery at its best but funny!
It's a funny movie! A must watch
Published 6 days ago by Clay Mansfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Fun movie from the 40's. Light comedy.
Published 7 days ago by Melm
5.0 out of 5 stars The original "Money Pit"!
The original " Money Pit". All modern movies were stolen from these old classics!!!
Wonderful old movie!!
Published 14 days ago by Elizabeth In kauai
5.0 out of 5 stars If You've Ever Had To Deal With Contractors...
Then you will totally relate to this movie. As narrated by William Cole, the family lawyer, the Blandings are a family who tire of living in a cramped New York City apartment, and... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Long Tom
2.0 out of 5 stars Ham fisted comedy
Dull and plodding. Perhaps this movie would have been better with a different cast. Myrna Loy is all wrong as a ditzy housewife -- she's much too calm and intelligent. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Mealy Potatoes
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb acting and good story plot
An oldie, but goodie. Superb acting and good story plot. Lots of laughs, a movie you never tire of watching over and over again.
Published 19 days ago by carol ann wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 20 days ago by William Ruddick
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Funny Classic Film!!
Cary Grant and Myrna Loy are truly great together. A fun film that I enjoy watching again and again!!
Published 21 days ago by Tee
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