Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House script
Synopsis: When advertising executive Jim Blandings (Cary Grant) discovers his wife's (Myrna Loy) plan to redecorate their New York apartment, he counters with a proposal that they move to Connecticut. She agrees, and the two are soon conned into buying a house that turns out to be a complete nightmare. Construction and repair bills accumulate quickly, and Jim worries that their future hangs in the balance unless he can come up with a catchy new jingle that will sell ham.

BILL'S VOICE

"When you've got the whim, say

'Wham!'"... Jim Blandings wrote that

slogan. Seven magic words that shine

like a beacon light for the American

housewife!

(impressive; almost

reverently)

"When you've got the whim, say

'Wham!'" Jim Blandings' contribution

to the American Scene.

EXT. A LARGE NEW YORK APARTMENT BUILDING - DAY

As CAMERA MOVES UP it and TOWARD a window:

BILL'S VOICE

For fourteen years Jim and Muriel

had been living in their apartment

over on East Seventy-fourth Street.

It was just another of those wonderful

crisp September mornings and the

Blandings were still asleep. Just

like millions of other people in

good old Manhattan -- New York City --

U.S.A.

The CAMERA GOES THROUGH the window and INTO:

INT. THE BLANDINGS' BEDROOM - DAY

Jim (Cary Grant) and Muriel (Myrna Loy) Blandings are asleep

in twin beds.

The room, not large to begin with, gives us the impression

of being cluttered up and overcrowded because the beds,

oversized chest of drawers, dressing table and chaise lounge

take up an inordinate amount of space.

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Melvin Frank

Melvin Frank was an American screenwriter, film producer and film director. He is known for his work on films such as Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, The Court Jester, and A Touch of Class. more…

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