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).
Gussie: If you ain't eatin' Wham, you ain't eatin' ham.
Mr. Tesander: Mr. Blandings, there's a matter of $12.36.
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!
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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.
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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