Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
Released Date: June 4, 1948
Director: H.C. Potter
Actors: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas, Reginald Denny, Sharyn Moffett, Connie Marshall, Louise Beavers, Ian Wolfe, Harry Shannon, Tito Vuolo, Nestor Paiva, Jason Robards Sr., Lurene Tuttle, and Lex Barker

     My apologies, it has been a long time since my last blog. And I was really starting to missing it.
     I have been watching the lovely Myrna Loy in a whole bunch of movies this week, and last. I have enjoyed every minute with her and her wonderful costars. I have loved her pairing with William Powell, but I must say that she works well with just about anyone. And you can say the same about Cary Grant. I have also been reading two books about the two main actors. One about Cary Grant and one about Myrna Loy. Grant said that Loy had a very mild temper. And only showed anger when she got a line wrong during filming. He said that she would walk about the room saying "Oh Shucks" because cussing was not in her vocabulary. Myrna Loy is a great roll model and one that deserves recognition. I would truly recommend any movie with Loy or Grant in them but they are wonderful together as well. Check out this film and also another one called The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer. 

     Mr. and Mrs. Blandings live in a tiny apartment with their two children. Jim Blandings (Cary Grant) wakes up every morning with his wife Muriel (Myrna Loy). They get ready for the day at the same time. And in their tiny apartment, they share a bathroom between the four Blandings. It has been the same struggle for fifteen years, to go about and get ready while everyone else does the same. Jim's best friend, Bill Cole (Melvyn Douglas) comes over to let Muriel know the price to fix up the place. After all they need more space. While Jim is at work, he discovers that it would be cheaper to go ahead and just buy a new house instead of fixing up the old apartment. So off to Connecticut they go. They find a fixer upper that Mr. Blandings is ready to fix. Everyone is saying to just go ahead and start from scratch. Thousands of dollars later, the house is ready to be lived in. However, their are thousands of problems along the way. Both funny and real issues that need to worked out before they turn their house into a home. Jealousy, money issues, pipe issues, flooding, door jams, missing windows. But can a couple survive all of the bickering? Take a chance, take a look at Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. 


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