Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House [DVD] [1948]

H.C. Potter directs Cary Grant in the comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Warner Bros. issues the film for the first time on DVD with this release which presents the film in the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono; English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible as well. Supplemental materials include a pair of radio broadcasts featuring Grant, a collection of trailers for other films featuring Grant, and the Tex Avery directed animated short The House of Tomorrow. This disc became available the same day as a handful of other Cary Grant films including The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer.
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Special Features

  • Two radio productions: The October 10, 1949, Lux Radio Theater broadcast starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne and The June 9, 1950, Screen Directors Playhouse broadcast starring Cary Grant and Betsy Drake
  • Cartoon: "The House of Tomorrow"
  • Cary Grant trailer gallery
  • Subtitles: English, Français, and Español
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
Fed up with crowded big-city living, advertising executive Mr. Blandings (Cary Grant) decides to seek out a big, roomy house in the country. Armed with more enthusiasm than common sense, Blandings causes many a headache for his lawyer/business manager Melvyn Douglas, who tries to keep the costs within a reasonable amount. Alas, Blandings bulls ahead on his own, first purchasing an estate on the verge of collapse, then opting to build his dream house from scratch. An unpleasant legal squabble over the fact that Blandings purchased his new property without checking with the prior owners throws even more good money after bad. The construction of the new Blandings digs is slowed down to a walk by doors and windows that don't fit, plumbing that fails to function, doorknobs that break upon contact with human flesh, temperamental workmen, and various and sundry other homeowners' nightmares (if all this sounds like the much-later Tom Hanks/Shelley Long comedy The Money Pit, it only shows to go how little has changed in forty years--except, of course, for the costs of things). Attempting to keep a level head throughout the proceedings is Mrs. Blandings (Myrna Loy), though even she is guilty of pretensions and excess, especially in the classic "choice of colors" scene. The humor in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House springs so naturally from the central situation that it seems intrusive when the scriptwriters throw in an arbitrary French-farce scene wherein Blandings suspects that his wife and his lawyer are fooling around (a plot point that the original Eric Hodgins novel did just fine without). One of the best bits comes near the end, when Louise Beavers, the Blandings' cook, saves the day for everyone by ad libbing "If you ain't eating Wham, you ain't eating Ham." Why should we spoil your enjoyment by explaining that line? Now you'll have to see the picture. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Cary Grant
    Cary Grant - Jim Blandings
  • Louise Beavers
    Louise Beavers - Gussie
  • Myrna Loy
    Myrna Loy - Muriel Blandings
  • Melvyn Douglas
    Melvyn Douglas - Bill Cole
  • Reginald Denny
    Reginald Denny - Henry Simms

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