Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House - Related Works

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The story behind the film began as an April 1946 article written by Eric Hodgins for Fortune magazine; that article was reprinted in Reader's Digest and (in condensed form) in Life before being published as a novel.

Melvin Frank and Norman Panama adapted the novel of the same name; their script is fairly faithful to the novel, with some dialogue used verbatim. The time frame of the movie is telescoped, and some plot lines are added and removed. The movie omits some troubles contained in the book, such as a feud with the local banker and the hostility with which Blandings is greeted by some local townspeople. The role of Bill Cole is enlarged in the movie, and includes a new subplot related to his wife that is not in the novel. The subplot related to Blandings's job troubles and the "Wham" account is not in the book.

The DVD release of the film includes two radio adaptations, both with Cary Grant reprising his leading role. Irene Dunne played his wife Muriel in the October 10, 1949, Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on CBS (running one hour; Grant's wife Betsy Drake played Muriel in the June 9, 1950, broadcast on NBC's Screen Director's Playhouse (a 1/2 hour version).

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