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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (RKO 1948, Cary Grant, Myrna Loy)



A lively satire of the postwar American housing boom when optimism was epidemic and prosperity seemed a realistic dream for any working stiff. City resident Blandings (Grant) endures the trials and tribulations of architects, contractors, neighbors, and his suspicions about his wife (Loy) and lawyer (Douglas) as a first-time country homeowner.

Jason Robards, who plays John Retch in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, is the father of the Oscar-winning actor of the same name. Robards Sr. acted in films from 1921 until 1961.

production details
Country: USA | RKO | 93 minutes
Release Year: 1948

Director: H. C. Potter
Producer: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Original Story: Eric Hodgins
Cinematography: James Wong Howe
Editor: Harry Marker
Music: Leigh Harline
Script: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Production Design: Carroll Clark, Albert S. D’Agostino

Cary Grant as Jim Blandings
Myrna Loy as Muriel Blandings
Melvyn Douglas as Bill Cole
Ian Wolfe as Smith
Louise Beavers as Gussie
Tito Vuolo as Mr. Zucca
Reginald Denny as Henry L. Simms
Emory Parnell as Mr. PeDelford
Nestor Paiva as Joe Appollonio
Sharyn Moffett as Joan Blandings
Connie Marshall as Betsy Blandings
Harry Shannon as Tesander
Jason Robards Sr. as John W. Retch
Lurene Tuttle as Mary
Lex Barker as Carpenter Foreman

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