Rarely do I actually laugh out loud at some of these old thymey classics, but I did a couple of times here, as the problems experienced by Grant's boxed-in city dweller (price gouging, shady businessmen, overcrowding, etc.) are easy enough to relate to in any decade. Grant is a personable and charismatic lead (umm, duh?), but the real star here is Melvyn Douglas who has many of the film's best lines as Grant's dry-humored best friend/lawyer, who may, in fact, be nailing his wife on the side.
melvyn douglas's blisteringly sarcastic narration lets us in on the film's anger towards modern society, firmly undercutting any notion of it being post-war pro-productivity agitprop (favourite bit: "for nature lovers, the peace and privacy of a day in the sun," as millions of pounds of pudgy white skin crams onto a scant patch of beach). subversive and brutally hilarious. happiness is not a house that you can build, mr. blandings!
love this film, as i do most of cary grant's comedies. sure his character doesnt change much from film to film, but you know what you're gonna get. solid acting, and a few really good laughs at his stoic exasperation. what carries the film, though, is the superb acting by mryna loy (as his wife) and melvyn douglas (grant's best friend). the story is based on the novelist's real-life adventures in building his dream house, and was also re-made with tom hanks and shelley long as the money pit.
Big yuks redeem the occasional tedium. Grant. Loy and Grant--three of the screens most sophisticated, ironic performers--work together extremely well here. The jealously plot is unnecessary and annoyingg, however, and this film unfortunately holds to distinction of being the first in which in which Myrna Loy is not absolutely gorgeous. It is , though, a well crafted confections and will provide you with an amusing two hours.
A lot of blandness, especially at the beginning, but there's also a lot of laughs. While it's predictable Douglas and Grant both know how to deliver sarcastic asides and Loy is pretty good too when she's given the chance.
Now here is a movie that makes you laugh loud, but in between the funny parts, you are extremely bored. I really enjoyed the comedy but there were a lot of times when i just sat and looked aimlessly at the tv waiting for results.