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).
Bill Cole: Like what for instance?
Jim Blandings: Like antique value for instance. It just so happens that General, um, Gates stopped right there, that very house, to water his horses.
Bill Cole: I don't care if General Grant stopped in for a scotch and sode. You're still getting rooked.
Jim Blandings: It's like a fine painting. You buy it with your heart, not your head. You don't ask 'how much was the paint,' 'how much was the canvas.' You look at it and you say 'it's beautiful -- I want it.' And if it costs a few more pennies, you pay it -- and gladly -- because you love it. And you can't measure the things you love in dollars and cents!
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 "Blandings' Way" really exists on Indian Hill Road in New Milford, Connecticut. It's a beautiful huge white art deco/colonial house that has many of the actual rooms discussed in the movie - such as a room to cut flowers. Also less than a mile away on Long Mountain Road is executive producer of the movie and MGM head Dore Schary's old country home.
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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