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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Overview:

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).

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Jim Blandings: If you were so crazy about him, why didn't you marry the guy?
Muriel Blandings: Because I wasn't in love with him.Jim Blandings: That's not what you said in your diary!
Muriel Blandings: Oh, now you've been reading my diary?!?
Jim Blandings: Well, it just happened to fall open and I happened to look at it... it just happened.
Muriel Blandings: I'll just bet!


Betsy Blandings: Ms. Stellwagon has assigned each of us to take a classified ad and write a human-interest theme about it. I found one typical of the disintegration of our present society.
Jim Blandings: I wasn't aware of the fact that our society *was* disintegrating.
Betsy Blandings: I wouldn't expect you to be, Father. Ms. Stellwagon says that middle class people like us are all too prone to overlook...
Jim Blandings: Muriel, I know this is asking a lot, but just one morning I would like to sit down and have breakfast without social significance.
Muriel Blandings: Jim, you really must take more interest in your children's education.
Joan Blandings: Can't squeeze blood from a turnip.


Jim Blandings: For 15 years I've been couped up in a 4-room cracker box. Just getting showered in the morning entitles a man to the Purple Heart.


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Although this film was from the novel of the same name, much of the story is autobiographical. Eric Hodgins and his wife built the actual house in the rural Litchfield County, Connecticut town of New Milford. Located in the bucolic Merryall section of town, the house recently sold for $1.2 million.
"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on July 1, 1949 with Cary Grant reprising his film role.
The pairing of Irene Dunne and Cary Grant was a consistent box office winner and director H.C. Potter wanted Dunne for the role of Muriel Blandings. Unfortunately, she was already working on another RKO film, I Remember Mama, and wasn't available for this production.
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