Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. USA, 1948. RKO Radio Pictures. Screenplay by Norman Panama, Melvin Frank, based on the novel by Eric Hodgins. Cinematography by James Wong Howe. Produced by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama. Music by Leigh Harline. Production Design by Carroll Clark, Albert S. D’Agostino. Costume Design by Robert Kalloch. Film Editing by Harry Marker.
Cary Grant is an absolute riot in this hilarious comedy about a suburban family man trying to build his dream home. It starts out as a simple operation, but the demanding specifications of his adorable wife (Myrna Loy) and the acid-tongued opinions of his daughters are to be taken into account, not to mention that nothing gets built on time or exactly the way he plans by the quirky construction company that he has hired. Lots of charming construction situations, all kept together by a marvelous script and classy direction. Melvyn Douglas shines in a supporting role as Grant’s flabbergasted friend.