Time: 94 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
SYNOPSIS: The Blandings live in New York in a tiny apartment they have painfully outgrown. So, they decide to move to the country and build the home of their dreams, which as they quickly discover is much easier said than done.
BOTTOM LINE: Cary Grant and Myrna Loy are two of my favorite actors, so I was looking forward to seeing this comedy, which brings them together again after their frothy and fun initial teaming in THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER. They continue to have great chemistry, bouncing off each other with snap and wit, however, this story's not quite the stuff of comic genius. Unless, I guess, you've ever built or remodeled a house. Grant usually can't help but be an utterly charming fellow, but all he does here is bitch and complain, which is not entertaining no matter who's doing it.
The film casts him as a family man who works in the advertising business. After years of living in a tiny, New York apartment, which feels like it's getting smaller by the hour, as their kids grow up. So, Blandings decide to buy a house in Connecticut that will accommodate their many needs...like more than one bathroom and some actual elbow room. The house quickly becomes a money pit as Grant and Loy try to create the home of their dreams on a salary that's anything but robust. Some things never change. Most of the comedy involves contractors and their outrageous demands, which if you've ever dealt with builders, isn't what one would call hysterical – unless the problems are someone elses.
There's also a love triangle sub-plot between the Blandings and their lawyer, an old college friend, which is tired and under-explored. I guess they needed to fill in the holes in the plot with something other than building nightmares, but it never really makes any sense. One can understand why Douglas's character would be attracted to Loy, but would he really wait so long to declare his feelings and ruin their friendships to boot? Plus, no woman in her right mind would leave Grant for Douglas, no matter how cranky he was being. That said, the film has it's magic moments, but overall it's one for true Grant/Loy lovers...once you've seen their many better pictures. Others need not apply.