"...you may agree with Grant that anyone who builds these days is crazy..."
|With Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas.|
Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House - Review is taken from 'The Films of Cary Grant' by Donald Deschner (1973):
"Next to an exciting mystery or horror film there's nothing so relaxing as a good comedy. But what makes one man laugh makes the next guy scowl. I have listed below a few notes on recent pictures that may tickle your funny bone. Blandings is the only one that had me rolling in the aisles (what a silly figure of speech!), however the others may roll you. Every man to his own aisle.
No doubt the secret of Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House is that you see yourself, as this city dweller and his family endure the confinements of a small New York apartment, dream of a home in the country, buy one, get fleeced right and left as they rebuild, but finally survive everything and live to enjoy the place in spite of all the plotting of man and nature against them. Director H. C. Potter knows people and has given us a series of funny episodes that range from documentary-like shots of New York and its crowded millions to bucolic scenes of the hinterlands complete with the vicissitudes of the open spaces and commuter trains. Of course Eric Hodgins's original story deserves much of the credit for the fun; scriptwriters Norman Panama and Melvin Frank have broadened the themes, but they have retained the warm humor and clever satire of the Hodgins book. The cast is excellent: Cary Grant giving one of his best portrayals as the frustrated advertising man, Myrna Loy looking like and acting like the ideal wife, Melvyn Douglas responding as this couple's best friend and lawyer, and a large group of supporting players, not forgetting the real estate agent who knows a sucker when he sees one and he sees one. The Grant-Loy-Douglas triangle is a little forced, and the film is rather long for its single home-building theme. But the laughs continue to the end; and while you may agree with Grant that anyone who builds these days is crazy, you are more likely to agree with Douglas that the result is worth it."
Philip T. Hartung, Commonweal
|New Artwork by Rebekah Hawley at Studio36 -|
Number 52 - Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (Lobby Card Style)
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