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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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Betsy Blandings: Ms. Stellwagon has assigned each of us to take a classified ad and write a human-interest theme about it. I found one typical of the disintegration of our present society.
Jim Blandings: I wasn't aware of the fact that our society *was* disintegrating.
Betsy Blandings: I wouldn't expect you to be, Father. Ms. Stellwagon says that middle class people like us are all too prone to overlook...
Jim Blandings: Muriel, I know this is asking a lot, but just one morning I would like to sit down and have breakfast without social significance.
Muriel Blandings: Jim, you really must take more interest in your children's education.
Joan Blandings: Can't squeeze blood from a turnip.


Jim Blandings: For 15 years I've been couped up in a 4-room cracker box. Just getting showered in the morning entitles a man to the Purple Heart.


Muriel Blandings: I refuse to endanger the lives of my children in a house with less than four bathrooms.
Jim Blandings: For 1,300 dollars they can live in a house with three bathrooms and ROUGH IT.


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