History Literature / MrBlandingsBuildsHisDreamHouse

29th Aug '16 4:31:09 PM jamespolk
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A 1946 novel by Eric Hodgins (inspired by the author's own experience building his home), adapted into a 1948 film of the same name starring Creator/CaryGrant, Myrna Loy, and Melvyn Douglas.

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A 1946 novel by Eric Hodgins (inspired by the author's own experience building his home), adapted into a 1948 film of the same name starring Creator/CaryGrant, Myrna Loy, Creator/MyrnaLoy, and Melvyn Douglas.
17th Mar '16 12:37:40 PM Mdumas43073
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* EurekaMoment: James finally gets the inspiration for the new WHAM jingle from a phrase his maids say.

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* EurekaMoment: James finally gets the inspiration for the new WHAM jingle from a phrase his maids say.maid says.
17th Mar '16 12:33:42 PM Mdumas43073
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* RecursiveCanon: In the last scene of the movie, James is reading ''Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House''.

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* MistakenForCheating: James comes to suspect that Muriel is having an affair with Bill.
* RecursiveCanon: In the last scene of the movie, James is seen reading ''Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House''.
17th Mar '16 12:31:34 PM Mdumas43073
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The main character is James Blandings, a successful advertising executive. He and his wife Muriel grow tired of their Manhattan apartment and seek out a country estate. They fall in love with "the old Hackett place" an old farmstead with a dilapidated colonial farmhouse. They originally try to remodel the house but eventually decide to tear it down and build new. The rest of the story is a series of disasters as they overspend their budget and fight with contractors.

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The main character is James Blandings, a successful advertising executive. He and his wife Muriel grow tired of their Manhattan apartment and seek out a country estate. estate in Connecticut. They fall in love with "the old Hackett place" place", an old farmstead with a dilapidated colonial farmhouse. They originally try to remodel the house but eventually decide to tear it down and build new. The rest of the story is a series of disasters as they overspend their budget and fight with contractors.
17th Mar '16 12:30:41 PM Mdumas43073
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A 1946 novel by Eric Hodgins.
The story is was inspired by Hodgins's own experience building his home.

Adapted into a 1948 Creator/CaryGrant & Myrna Loy film of the same name.

The Tom Hanks film ''Film/TheMoneyPit'' was intended to be [[WholePlotReference a modern version]], except the house doesn't get torn down and rebuilt.

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A 1946 novel by Eric Hodgins.
The story is was inspired
Hodgins (inspired by Hodgins's the author's own experience building his home.

Adapted
home), adapted into a 1948 Creator/CaryGrant & Myrna Loy film of the same name.

name starring Creator/CaryGrant, Myrna Loy, and Melvyn Douglas.

The 1986 Tom Hanks film ''Film/TheMoneyPit'' was intended to be [[WholePlotReference a modern version]], except the house doesn't get torn down and rebuilt.
9th Nov '14 5:09:04 PM Specialist290
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* EurekaMoment: James finally gets the inspiration for the new WHAM jingle from a phrase his maids say.
18th Oct '14 10:23:46 AM jamespolk
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The Tom Hanks film ''The Money Pit'' was intended to be a modern version, except the house doesn't get torn down and rebuilt.

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The Tom Hanks film ''The Money Pit'' ''Film/TheMoneyPit'' was intended to be [[WholePlotReference a modern version, version]], except the house doesn't get torn down and rebuilt.
18th Oct '14 10:23:14 AM jamespolk
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The main character is James Blandings, a successful advertising executive. He and his wife grow tired of their Manhattan apartment and seek out a country estate. They fall in love with "the old Hackett place" an old farmstead with a dilapidated colonial farmhouse. They originally try to remodel the house but eventually decide to tear it down and build new. The rest of the story is a series of disasters as they overspend their budget and fight with contractors.

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The main character is James Blandings, a successful advertising executive. He and his wife Muriel grow tired of their Manhattan apartment and seek out a country estate. They fall in love with "the old Hackett place" an old farmstead with a dilapidated colonial farmhouse. They originally try to remodel the house but eventually decide to tear it down and build new. The rest of the story is a series of disasters as they overspend their budget and fight with contractors.



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* BigFancyHouse: Once it's finished.
* BookEnds: See Breaking The Fourth Wall below.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The movie opens with narration by Bill Cole, who then addresses the camera directly. At the end, all three look at the camera, while James invites the viewer to "come over and see us some time."


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* HaveAGayOldTime: Muriel asks for the walls to be painted "a very gay yellow".
* RecursiveCanon: In the last scene of the movie, James is reading ''Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House''.
* ShadyRealEstateAgent: One sells a dilapidated old house to the Blandings. The agent is delighted; James and Muriel have to tear the house down and start over.
* ShockinglyExpensiveBill: The costs of construction and repairs gets worse and worse and worse. One highlight is when they find out that Muriel's offhand request for a sewing nook resulted in a bill of over a thousand dollars.
22nd Jun '14 12:56:24 PM gallium
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Adapted into a 1948 CaryGrant & Myrna Loy film of the same name.

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Adapted into a 1948 CaryGrant Creator/CaryGrant & Myrna Loy film of the same name.


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27th May '14 6:06:22 PM Eegah
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* AskAStupidQuestion: From the movie, "What in the world are shrunk mills?" "Probably mills that are shrunk."
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