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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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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!

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

Jim Blandings: Muriel, would it do any good to say I'm sorry?
Muriel Blandings: I don't know.
Jim Blandings: Well I am. I've behaved like a school boy and I'm sorry.

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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 "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.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 10, 1949 with Cary Grant reprising his film role.
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