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).
Muriel Blandings: Jim, how can you talk that way? This is our home. Betsy was practically born in this apartment.
Jim Blandings: That does not make it a national shrine!
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!
Bill Cole: Every time you get tight you weep on my shoulder about the advertising business -- how it forces a sensitive soul like yourself to make a living by bamboozling the American public. Well, I would say that a small part of that victimized group has now redressed the balance.
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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.
Many critics in 1948 felt that Cary Grant and Myrna Loy were too old to play the naive young couple who don't know about building a house.
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