Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by H.C. Potter and produced by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama and Dore Schary.
The film was based on the novel of the same name and also Fortune Magazine Short Story written by Eric Hodgins published in 1946 (novel); April 1946 (magazine).
Jim Blandings: $12.36?!? Why be a pika Mr. Tesander? Here! Take everything I've got! Spread it out amongst your pals. Perhaps Retch would like a little something! Maybe Zucca could use a new smoking jacket! It's open house Mr. Tesander -- help yourself!
Bill Cole: The next time you're going to do anything or say anything or buy anything, think it over very carefully. When you're sure you're right, forget the whole thing.
Jim Blandings: I mean the moment I turn my back, Bill Cole's driving you someplace or something.
Muriel Blandings: He's only being helpful.
Jim Blandings: I thought he was a lawyer. Why isn't he out suing somebody?
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In the movie, a flooded excavation plagues the Blandings and their builders, requiring pumps to empty it. In reality, Eric Hodgins reported in his interview with LIFE magazine that the movie set excavation leaked so badly that large pumps were required just to keep it filled for shooting.
The house built for the movie still exists in Malibu California at coordinates: 34 degrees 5' 41"N 118 degrees 42'43"W on the old 20th Century Fox Ranch.
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