Blandings Castle is dysfunction junction, the home of a chaotic family struggling to keep itself in order. Clarence Emsworth, ninth earl and master of Blandings Castle, yearns with all his soul to be left in peace; preferably in the company of his beloved pig, The Empress. But he never is. There is always someone who wants him to do something. Presiding over the blitzkrieg on his equilibrium is the baleful figure of his sister Connie, with whom he shares the house; at her shoulder is Clarence's brainless younger son Freddie and a panoply of friends, enemies, servants, spongers, private detectives, bookies and confidence tricksters.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Blandings - Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House - Netflix
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) is an American comedy film directed by H. C. Potter and starring Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Melvyn Douglas. The film was written and produced by the team of Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, and was an adaptation of Eric Hodgins' popular 1946 novel, illustrated by Shrek! author William Steig. This film was the third and last pairing of Grant and Loy, who had shared a comfortable chemistry previously in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) and Wings in the Dark (1935). The film was a box office hit upon its release. Warner Home Video released the film to DVD with restored and remastered audio and video in 2004. In 2007 a loose remake of the 1948 film was released under the title Are We Done Yet?.
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According to Time magazine, “Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas have a highly experienced way with this sort of comedy, and director H. C. Potter is so much at home with it that he gets additional laughs out of the predatory rustics and even out of the avid gestures of a steam shovel. Blandings may turn out to be too citified for small-town audiences, and incomprehensible abroad; but among those millions of Americans who have tried to feather a country nest with city greenbacks, it ought to hit the jackpot.” Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote that “as straight entertainment, this ambling and genial report on a young advertising man's disasters (and final triumph) in becoming a country squire is as much casual fun as can be looked for on our sparsely provided screen.” Variety called it “a mildly amusing comedy” with Grant “up to his usual performance standard,” but found the script to be flawed when an “unnecessary jealousy twist is introduced, neither advancing the story nor adding laughs.” John McCarten of The New Yorker described the film as “quite ingeniously put together,” comparing it to George Washington Slept Here and finding it “just as amiable” as that earlier film. Harrison's Reports called the film “a first-rate topical comedy farce ... The story itself is a flimsy affair, but it is so rich in witty dialogue and in comedy incidents that one is kept laughing all the time.” While quite popular, according to one source the film actually recorded a loss of $225,000 during its initial theatrical release. The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists: 2000: AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs – #72
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