Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948, H.C. Potter)

It's a pretty great thing when a comedy made in 1948 hasn't lost its punch and still delivers the goods. Its also an even greater thing when the film's subject matter hasn't dated at all either. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House after all of these years is still a delightful, charming, and often times brilliant screballish comedy.

I have often loved Cary Grant in comedic performances (His Girl Friday, Bringing Up Baby, Arsenic and Old Lace) and I have always felt that he really was one of the best at comedy during the time. Mr. Blandings only proves this even more. Grant delivers another comedy performance where you never really get a sense that he is clowning it up or trying too hard. Like every Grant performance (at least from the ones that I have seen so far) he still manages to act like the comedy relief while still maintaining his class and everyday man charm. It's his chemistry with his kids, his best friend, and his wife (played by an equally great Myrna Loy) that just make this film so much fun and hard not to like.

- ****

No comments: