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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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Joan Blandings: Miss Stellwagon says advertising is a basically parasitic profession.
Jim Blandings: You don't say?
Joan Blandings: Miss Stellwagon says advertising makes people who can't afford it, buy things they don't want, with money they haven't got.
Jim Blandings: Oh she does, does she? Well perhaps your Miss Stellwagon is right. Perhaps I should quit this basically parasitic profession, which at the very moment is paying for your fancy tuition and those extra French lessons and that progressive summer camp - to say nothing of the very braces on your back teeth.

Jim Blandings: Then why don't you admit it? You were in love with Bill Cole!
Muriel Blandings: Oh don't be absurd. Of course I was in love with Bill. In those days I was in love with a new man every week.
Jim Blandings: Then why did you marry me?
Muriel Blandings: I'm beginning to wonder. Maybe it was those big cow eyes of yours, or that ridiculous hole in your chin. Maybe I knew you were going to bring me out to this $38,000 icebox with a dried up trout stream and no windows -- or maybe I just happened to fall in love with you, but for heaven's sake, don't ask me why!

Bill Cole: It may only be four walls and a couple of nail kegs, but it will always be home to me.

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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.
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.
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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