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* BlandNameProduct: Wham, the tinned ham product James has to market, is a riff on Spam.


* {{Mammy}}: Gussie the maid.

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* {{Mammy}}: Gussie the maid.maid has shades of this.

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* {{Mammy}}: Gussie the maid.


* BasedOnATrueStory: One reason Hodgins wrote the book in the first place was to recoup some of his losses from building the house, which he had to sell almost as soon as he'd finished it. He ''did'' get $200,000 from the film rights, but he wasn't able to buy the house back.



* DeadpanSnarker: Bill Cole

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* CrazyJealousGuy: James, stressed out about his impossible advertising job and the cost of the house, starts suspecting that Muriel is still in love with Bill Cole. He even reads her college diary, in which she did say that she loved him, but she points out that she was very young and she thought she was in love with someone different every week. He eventually apologizes for his behavior.
* DeadpanSnarker: Bill ColeCole.


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* FailedASpotCheck: If either James or Muriel had taken the time to do some proper research before getting started (or checked on paperwork matters like the mortgage of the house), they could have saved a lot of expense later on.


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* LittleMissSnarker: Betsy and Joan are both pretty free with their opinions. Joan cheerfully informs her father that his job is ruining America, and Betsy offers unsolicited analysis of James and Muriel's arguments.


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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Both James and Muriel drive up the costs through offhand decisions or careless mistakes. But Muriel probably wins by having spare flagstones put down in her flower room, which ends up requiring $1200 worth of modifications to the floor.
* RageBreakingPoint: James loses it when Tesander the well-digger turns up over "a matter of twelve dollars and sixty-one cents" and goes on a tear about all the money he's lost before emptying his pockets for Tesander to take. It turns out that Tesander is there to ''give'' them the twelve dollars, having found he'd overcharged them.


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* {{Technobabble}}: Mr. Blandings, who's lived in Manhattan apartment buildings his whole life, doesn't understand any of the phrases that the construction workers throw at him when building a house in Connecticut (such as rabbeting the joints). Unfortunately, he's too prideful to ask for clarification.


The main character is James Blandings (Grant), a successful advertising executive. He and his wife Muriel (Loy) grow tired of their cramped Manhattan apartment and seek out a country estate in Connecticut. They fall in love with "the old Hackett place", an old farmstead with a dilapidated colonial farmhouse. They initially 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 (Grant), a successful advertising executive. He and his wife Muriel (Loy) grow tired of their cramped Manhattan apartment and seek out a country estate in Connecticut. They fall in love with "the old Hackett place", an old farmstead with a dilapidated colonial farmhouse. They initially try plan to remodel renovate 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.


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 in Connecticut. 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, Blandings (Grant), a successful advertising executive. He and his wife Muriel (Loy) grow tired of their cramped Manhattan apartment and seek out a country estate in Connecticut. They fall in love with "the old Hackett place", an old farmstead with a dilapidated colonial farmhouse. They originally initially 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.


* 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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* BreakingTheFourthWall: The movie opens with narration by Bill Cole, who then addresses the camera directly. At the end, all three leads look at the camera, while James invites the viewer to "come over and see us some time."


He knew he'd turn out to be WHAM!

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He knew he'd turn out to be WHAM!WHAM!"

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* LetsMeetTheMeat: One of James's prospective slogans for the WHAM campaign:
-->"This little piggy went to market,\\
As meek and as mild as a lamb.\\
He smiled in his tracks\\
When they slipped him the axe;\\
He knew he'd turn out to be WHAM!


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, Creator/MyrnaLoy, 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, Creator/MyrnaLoy, and Melvyn Douglas.
Creator/MelvynDouglas.


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.


* 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.


* 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''.


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.


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.

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