“Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House,” directed by H.C. Potter

Movie, 1948

Cary Grant comedy, whose plot is pretty much summarised in the title. Grant plays an advertising executive looking to move his family from New York and into the country. Things start going wrong and expenses pile up from the off, as plans fall apart, relationships strain and things get complicated. Not a shining example of any genre, but an amusing film all the same, which could perhaps have done with a little more verve and daring, somehow. The closest to tension comes in Mr Blandings’ tension, which sees him suspect his wife of having an affair with an old family friend and burning out on his job, although overall, the film’s sunny, cheery and a fairly decent entertainment.

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