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I love this movie about them building their dreamhouse. It is another of my favorites. Cary Grant is a wonderful commedian. They paired him with Myrna Loy as his wife in this one. They make an awesome screen couple. She is a great actress, one of my favorites. She is the best in "The Thin Man" with William Powell. Melvyn Douglas also plays in this movie as their friend. He is very funny. There is nothing that i don't like about this movie. I have seen it many times on TCM. I decided to buy it so i could add it to my own personal classic movie collection. Thanks
Anyone that has built a house can associate with this movie, even though it's almost 60 years old. Things haven't changed, just the price of building a home. The same frustrations, emotional highs and lows are all there. It's a "nice" movie. No dirty jokes, vulgar language, cheap pratfalls, nudity or intelligence insulting moronic tastelessness. There is a classic suggestion of innuendo, you know, the type that raises an eyebrow and brings a smile of recognition. It's in black and white as it was meant to be, not gussied up with fake color. The actors (Cary Grant and Myrna Loy) are timeless with a sense of dignity that rapidly becomes indignant during the story line. I remembered the movie from my childhood and looked it up. I'm delighted I own a copy and will watch it over and over. This is family movie.
Jim Blandings (Grant), a bright account executive in the advertising business, lives with his wife Muriel (Loy) and two daughters in a cramped New York apartment. Muriel secretly plans to remodel their apartment. After rejecting this idea, Jim Blandings comes across an ad for new homes in Connecticut and they get excited about moving.
Planning to purchase and "fix up" an old home, the couple contact a real estate agent, who uses them to unload "The Old Hackett Place" in fictional Lansdale County, Connecticut. It is a dilapidated, two hundred-year-old farmhouse. Blandings purchases the property for more than the going rate for land in the area, provoking his friend/lawyer Bill Cole to chastise him for following his heart rather than his head.
(Cole narrates the film, smoking a pipe, an apparent nod to the stage manager character in Thornton Wilder's Our Town.) The old house, dating from the Revolutionary War-era, turns out to be structurally unsound and has to be torn down. The Blandings hire architect Simms (Reginald Denny) to design and supervise the construction of the new home. From the original purchase to the new house's completion, a long litany of unforeseen troubles and setbacks beset the hapless Blandings and delay their moving-in date.
On top of all this, at work Jim is assigned the task of coming up with a slogan for "WHAM"-brand ham, an advertising account that has destroyed the careers of previous account executives assigned to it. Jim also suspects that Muriel is cheating on him with Bill Cole after Bill slept at the Blandings' alone in the house with Muriel one night due to a violent thunderstorm.
With mounting pressure, skyrocketing expenses, and his new assignment, Jim starts to wonder why he wanted to live in the country. The Blandings' maid Gussie provides Blandings with the perfect WHAM slogan, and he saves his job. As the film ends, Bill Cole says that he realizes that some things "you do buy with your heart."
I love Myna Loy & Cary Grant so this movie was extra neat to watch.
Both Loy & Grant are such good actors. The plot was so good too. The way the price went up reminds me of now times in building & the added expense incured. Also Her scene with describing the paint was wonderful. & his trying to come up with a new slogan. It proves that times haven't changed much.
I loved the movie.
Typical Grant vehicle. Playing easy-going husband of beautiful Myrna Loy, Cary Grant shines as harried husband in rural America. Melvy Douglas stars as Loy's old college sweetheart. Gissie(the maid), steals the show with a last minute advertising gem!