This may be a sign of a recovering economy, but apparently, the state of Ohio saw an increase in home sales. The Ohio Association of Realtors reported a 22% sales increase for the month of August, and while the percentage is still down 6% compared to last year, it is an improvement. In Northeast Ohio, the picture was very bright, where a 17 county region, including Summit county and therefore, the city of Akron, reported an increase of 26%.
It is within the American Dream that everyone be able to own their own home sometime in their lifetime. Recently, due to the economy, that has been hard to achieve due to the housing market taking a huge hit, and the reality to receive and maintain home ownership has been difficult. The Dream still is alive, and while the reality is depressing, and there are many classic movies that explore the tragedy of circumstance, we can always take this good news and explore it with a comedy. The comedy is 1948’s Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.
The movie stars Cary Grant and Myrna Loy as Jim and Muriel Blandings, Melvyn Douglas as Bill Cole, Reginald Denny as Henry L. Simms, and Louise Beavers as Gussie. The movie starts out in the cramped New York City apartment of the Blandings family, where Grant is an advertisting executive maintaining house and business wonderfully. Muriel wants to remodel the apartment, and rather than let her do that, Jim spots an advertisement for new homes in Connecticut and the whole family gets excited for moving.
Jim and Muriel decide to buy a fixer-upper, they contact a local real estate agent, who uses them to unload a house that is falling apart that no one will buy. Jim and Muriel buy the house for a lot more than its worth, and Bill Cole, their family friend and Muriel’s ex paramour, chastises him for thinking with his heart more than his head.
The house, dating from the 1770s, turns out to be structurally unsound and has to be torn down. The Blandings hire Henry L. Simms to design and supervise the building, and countless problems appear. To add more stress, Jim has to figure out an advertising campaign for a ham brand that in previous advertising executives’ experiences, left them destroyed. And, to add worry to stress, Jim thinks Muriel might have cheated on him when he was stuck in town and Bill had to sleep over due to the rain. Will the house be livable? Will the household remain in tact? Will he be able to get the ham account? Watch the movie and find out.
This movie remains relevant because no matter how the housing market is; people will still want to live in a home of their own. Not to mention, even when the problems make themselves present, through elbow grease and the power of persistence, the Dream is still alive and can come true.