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.
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.
Jim Blandings: Anybody who builds a house today is crazy. The minute you start, they put you on the list -- the all-American sucker list! You start out to build a home and you wind up in the poor house! And if it can happen to me, what about the fellows who aren't making $15,000 a year? What about the kids who just got married and want a home of their own? It's a conspiracy I tell you -- a conspiracy against every boy and girl who were ever in love!
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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 9, 1950 with Cary Grant again reprising his film role.
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.
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