The Money Pit: Tom Hanks & Shelley Long’s Fixer Upper

by hookedonhouses on November 14, 2010

Money Pit movie house Tom Hanks

The 1986 comedy The Money Pit stars Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as a young couple that impulsively buys a grand Federal-style house that they think is a bargain. As you can probably guess from the title, it’s not. But they don’t figure that out until they move in and the house starts falling down around them–literally.

Here’s how the house looks when they drive up to see it for the first time:

Money Pit movie house exterior

Maureen Stapleton plays the homeowner-slash-con artist Estelle, who gives them a tour of the place and tells them that she has to sell right away. There’s no time to think about it–or to get an inspection or anything like that.

Money Pit movie house Shelley Long Tom Hanks

Estelle tells them she’s keeping the lights off because she can’t afford the electric bill. They later find out the wiring is faulty.

Money Pit movie house Shelley Long Tom Hanks 2

Money Pit movie house Maureen Stapleton

The upstairs bedroom:

Money Pit movie house Maureen Stapleton 2

They buy the big bed with the house. When Anna (Shelley Long) stretches out on the mattress on moving day, she slowly sinks through it…

Money Pit movie bedroom

The fireplace in the bedroom:

Money Pit movie bedroom fireplace

Walter checks out the powder room:

Money Pit movie powder room

The kitchen–before the electrical fire destroys it:

Money Pit kitchen 2

It has an old stove and fridge that look original to the house:

Money Pit kitchen 1

Anna practices her violin in the parlor soon after moving in (before the renovation starts):

Money Pit movie house parlor

When she turns the water on in the master bathroom, a brown sludge oozes out:

Money Pit movie bathroom 1

Without running water, they’re reduced to filling the tub the old-fashioned way:

Money Pit movie bathroom 2

But after pouring only two buckets of water go into it, the entire tub falls through the floor and into the room below:

Money Pit movie bathtub crashes through ceiling

Walter laughs

Walter says, “You hear about that guy up in the Bronx, went crazy, thought he was a pigeon? They found him in the park, throwing bread crumbs at himself. And he was only putting in a guest bathroom!”

Money Pit movie staircase before

The staircase fiasco starts with one loose floorboard that Walter innocently tries to fix.

Money Pit movie staircase before 2

Next thing he knows, the entire thing is falling apart.

Money Pit-staircase collapsing

Money Pit-staircase collapsing 2

A close-up of the front of the house with the old car that came with the house:

Money Pit movie house exterior closeup

When Walter realizes he has locked himself out of the house, he knocks on the door…and the entire thing falls down:

front door gone

The workers arrive, and they look like a pretty scary bunch, but they’re the only ones who would work for an amount of money Walter could afford.

Anna: “Who are they?”

Walter: “The plumbers.”

Anna: “Are you sure?”

Walter: “Not really, but I don’t care. I’m just thrilled to see somebody actually working!”

Money Pit movie workers arrive

When Walter returns home from work at the end of the day, the workers are gone and this is what’s left of his house:

Money Pit movie house torn apart

In the DVD Special Features, Director Richard Benjamin shows the model of the house that they used when planning stunts. This is the back of the house on the model:

Money Pit house model

And the back of the actual house:

back of house

Working on the entry hall:

working on entry hall

And finally, it’s finished:

Money Pit movie house after remodel

We get to see the new staircase. The entry hall. A peek into the parlor where Shelley Long is standing:

entry hall after 2

Money Pit movie house parlor after remodel

A peek inside the living room, where Tom Hanks is standing:

living room after

And that’s it. We don’t get to see how the kitchen, the bedroom, or the bathroom turned out. Nope. Just a quick view of the main rooms in front, and then it’s over.

Does that drive anyone else nuts? I found it so irritating that we don’t get to see how all of the rooms turned out, that for a long time I refused to do a post about this movie at all. So many of you requested it, though, that you eventually wore me down. Ha.

The movie ends with Walter and Anna getting married in front of their finally-finished dream house:

Tom Hanks-Shelley Long wedding

The “after” of the house looks identical to the “before” shot at the beginning of the movie. The only change I can see is that window boxes have been added:

wedding at Money Pit movie house

Here’s how the house looks today. More windows have been added so that there are three over three on each  side of the front door (thanks to Garrison for these photos from the listing!):

The Money Pit house-Northway, NY

I read that it was built in 1898 . . . and that it was built in 1906. Not sure which is correct, but let’s say it was built sometime between the two. It’s known as “Northway House.”

It was on the market last year for $7.9 million. In the movie, Walter and Anna get the house for a steal–$200,000. Here’s a photo of the real staircase, which was shown in the listing:

Money Pit house-real staircase

The Money Pit was a (loose) remake of the Cary Grant-Myrna Loy classic Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, one of my all-time favorites (you can see that house here).

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

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Karen November 14, 2010 at 9:38 pm

That’s one of the funniest movies ever. Especially if you’ve even gone through a home renovation of any kind. I was chuckling just reading it. I had no idea about the other movie. I’ll be sure to look for it.
.-= Karen´s last blog ..Kringle Hollow =-.

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top November 14, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I’ve never seen the older movie. I should get it on Netflix though. I have seen The Money Pit though and thought it was hilarious. It’s been so many years though and it was before I was “hooked on houses” so I don’t remember getting mad about not seeing the rest of the house. haha But I bet today I would be just like you.
.-= Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top´s last blog ..1st Birthday Party =-.

Sally November 14, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I have NOT seen both movies. Will have to check out Mr Bland… I had seen, but totally forgotten about the money pit. We’ll have to rent that soon. Don’t remember all the details of it, but YES – that would drive me nuts NOT to see all of the finished rooms. Does that mean the movie wasn’t all that good, that we were just “hanging around” to see the finished rooms? LOL
.-= Sally´s last blog ..Lets Start at the Very Beginning =-.

Amanda @ Serenity Now November 14, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Look how young they both look! Now I feel old. :s Love the exterior of the home….window boxes and garland look like the old renos outside to me. Another movie to add to my to-watch list.
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Come on Over! =-.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman November 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm

We LOVE the Money Pit here at our house!! We just watched this movie a couple of months ago, we had to buy it! :-) All 3 of our houses have been Money Pits.

The first two were ollllld, and every time we fixed something; something else broke. There was a hole in the floor under the bath tub in the first house that we discovered when we renovated. Hubby said he was surprised we didn’t have a “Money Pit” moment of our own when we stood in the shower or took baths.

Our 3rd house has been a money pit too, even though it was built in 1995. I don’t get it…renovating this one cost almost as much as the previous two, and those were OLD!

My fave movie moment: when Tom Hanks is laughing HYSTERICALLY and sounds like he’s gone off the deep end. His laugh makes me laugh, too. Oh, and I”m mad they didn’t show any other finished rooms, either! grrrrrrrr!
.-= Handy Man, Crafty Woman´s last blog ..Repurposed Side Table =-.

Ami @ beyondpeasandcarrots November 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm

awww I always loved that movie!! It always drove me crazy too though how they didn’t show the whole thing!!!!!!!!!! I have been “hooked on houses” since I was a little girl and I remember complaining to my dad when we watched it! So annoying ;)
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Ashley November 14, 2010 at 10:03 pm

I have never seen Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, and I have not seen the Money Pit for a really long time… but after reading this I’d like to watch it again soon. What a nightmare of a house! If someone tries tricking you into not getting a home inspection, you might be buying a money pit.

Oh and I noticed that the wallpaper in the kitchen is… very….. plaid! :)
.-= Ashley´s last blog ..Blood Is Funny =-.

Bobbi November 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm

I loved the Money Pit, but haven’t seen the other movie. I’ll check it out.
.-= Bobbi´s last blog ..I Was Not A Happy Camper =-.

Jared November 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm

I love both movies and both of the houses! Ever since I was little thought I’ve wanted to see the rest of the Money Pit mansion after the renovation.

Kristen @ More Than Mulberries November 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm

That always drove me crazy too! WHERE are the scenes with the rest of the house!! WHY don’t they show them! Argh….
.-= Kristen @ More Than Mulberries´s last blog ..Library Etiquette =-.

Kim November 14, 2010 at 11:08 pm

This movie is absolutely my favorite comedy. I watch it every time it comes on and laugh till I cry each time. Love it!!!!!!!!!!
.-= Kim´s last blog ..Another Switch =-.

paige November 14, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Mr. Blandings is definitely my favorite of the two. Who can argue with Cary Grant, I ask you?
.-= paige´s last blog ..wordless wednesday =-.

Lizzy November 14, 2010 at 11:27 pm

LOVE Money Pit…. haven’t seen the other. And YES YES YES I wanted to see all the other rooms once they were done!!!!!

of course you KNOW I was all about that staircase!!!
.-= Lizzy´s last blog ..55 Degrees of Separation =-.

Karen November 14, 2010 at 11:50 pm

I can’t believe so many haven’t seen Mr. Blandings!! It’s one of my favorites — Cary Grant is great.

Nichole November 14, 2010 at 11:56 pm

It does drive me nuts that they don’t show All the rooms. I do like this movie, but I recently saw Mr. Blandings and I think I like it better.
.-= Nichole´s last blog ..Bathroom- Before &amp After =-.

Nita@ModVintageLife.com November 15, 2010 at 1:34 am

I love Mr. Blandings! Doesn’t this house look better with the three windows on each side instead of two…what lot of work that was.

Nita November 15, 2010 at 1:52 am

I don’t like my comedy to be too obvious, and this movie is almost unbelievable. I like Mr. Blandings movie much, much better.

Kim November 15, 2010 at 1:59 am

Great looking house! This movie reminds me of “Are We Done Yet”and they probably got the idea from “Money Pit”. It’s not a very good movie, but there is a nice house in it. This house also reminds me of the one in “Jumanji”, which is another great house.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

E. George November 15, 2010 at 2:15 am

Hi Julia I thought this movie was so funny my favourite part is the bathtub seen where they are filling it and it falls through the floor the way Walter starts that crazy laugh. I can’t remember if they have shown the older movie here for the past few years, if they do I will be watching even if it’s a late late late movie….. Thanks Julia this was fun. Regards Esther from Sydney…. PS the finished rooms they did show turned out beautiful.

linda @ Lime in the coconut November 15, 2010 at 2:51 am

Oh…Just seeing your previwe of the movie gives me hives…too many reno’s in my past!

Ya know…I haven’t seen the original Mr. Blandings. Need too!
.-= linda @ Lime in the coconut´s last blog ..Fall in our corner of the world… =-.

Luciane at Homebunch.com November 15, 2010 at 7:19 am

Julia,

This is FANTASTIC! I remember this movie… God, it seems that don’t make funny movie like those for a long time.. well, maybe “It’s Complicated”.. I love that movie! :-)

Wonderful post! :-)

Have a great week!

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Carol M November 15, 2010 at 7:36 am

Definitely Mr. Blandings is my favorite of the two. Liked The Money Pit too, but was also disappointed that they didn’t show all the renovations.

rosie at 3rosebuds November 15, 2010 at 8:17 am

I loved that movie-was in high school when I saw it and immediately wanted to buy an old house and fix it up. It hurt every time something broke in that house!
.-= rosie at 3rosebuds´s last blog ..Sneak Peek at the kitchen re-do =-.

Lisa November 15, 2010 at 9:15 am

Money Pit was the first movie we watched in our house–must have been a sign. We’ve had the brown sludge, the stair banister giving, plumbing (thankfully not the whole tub) coming through our dining room ceiling, extensive mold & termite damage (read: new drywall required), and the list goes on.

Thanks for the pics! Would love to see the full listing from the real house if anyone finds it!

hookedonhouses November 15, 2010 at 9:34 am

Me, too! If anyone happened to save the rest of the photos from the listing last year, let us know! -Julia

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints November 15, 2010 at 9:26 am

I love that movie. Tom Hanks cracks me up so bad…when he kind of loses his mind. Great movie…great house. Oh and I get the frustrated house part. I watch house hunters for the last 2 minutes of the show:)
.-= Becky @ Farmgirl Paints´s last blog ..SNOW &amp Shutterflys special offer =-.

Cole November 15, 2010 at 9:28 am

Lovely estate. $200,000 – wow!
.-= Cole´s last blog ..18-767-000 – North Saanich- BC =-.

hip hip gin gin November 15, 2010 at 9:36 am

I’ve seen the Tom Hanks version of the movie but not the Cary Grant. Must remedy that immediately!
My husband and I often joke that we are living in that movie, something breaks in our charming but very very old house on a near monthly basis, to the point that when my husband comes home from work and I say “guess what happened today” he instinctively drives to Home Depot.
And you are definitely not alone in wanting to see the whole house, they made sure to show us the whole disaster but then we get no satisfaction in seeing the finished product, to me it is equivalent to those movies where they finish it without telling you what happened. They think it is artistic I think it is infuriating!!
.-= hip hip gin gin´s last blog ..Short Skirt- Red Fringe =-.

Pat@Back Porch Musings November 15, 2010 at 9:41 am

I’ve seen Money Pit many times and enjoy each time. Hpwever, my favorite of the two movies is Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House. Love love love that movie!
.-= Pat@Back Porch Musings´s last blog ..Grey and White =-.

Penny November 15, 2010 at 10:09 am

Oh, I started laughing the minute I saw the movie cover. The scene that gets me absolutely convulsive in laughter is when Walter falls through the floor, the rug he was standing on a sag from which he hangs – and hangs, and hangs and hangs, for hours until Anna finally comes home, and then she can’t find him.

We saw the movie when we were living in our own money pit, and it happened to be on when we were doing all those things one does to sell ones house. You know. Finish all the unfinished projects to put it on the market. We stopped and watched it and laughed anew.

I love Mr. Blandings . . . and encourage everyone to watch it. It is old and charming and a delightful movie that I never tire of seeing.

Thank you for a delightful post.
.-= Penny´s last blog ..Stuck in the middle with you =-.

Lauren (in PA) November 15, 2010 at 10:15 am

The Money Pit is one of my all time favorites. Everything stops when it comes on.

The day I was moving to Boston, it was on TV as the movers were loading their truck…they worked around me sitting in a chair as I watched the movie….two held the TV as they pulled the TV stand thingy out to the truck..asked me to sit on the floor when they took the chair, then that was it. Me and the TV. They graciously waited for a commercial to tell me that was it and they needed the TV. (I think they were enjoying watching it too!)

Kelli November 15, 2010 at 10:22 am

I’ve always loved this movie…even as a child when it first came out. I guess even then I had a love of decorating/remodeling, huh? A sign of things to come? Thanks for giving in and doing a post on it! :)
.-= Kelli´s last blog ..Tuesday Truth 31 – Best ever bread recipe =-.

Susan November 15, 2010 at 10:34 am

Julia-I think we can all identify with this on some level–who hasn’t started a project that snowballed (or avalanched) ? :) I miss seeing Shelley Long! BTW– don’t think the new windows add much. Thanks for another good one. ps- I saw a great exterior of a house in Morning Glory yesterday—funny, funny movie!
.-= Susan´s last blog ..In His Hands =-.

Garrison November 15, 2010 at 10:44 am

WOOHOO!

Thanks for doing this post, Julia! I know I was one of those readers who wore you down! I just really think the facade is perfect (before the current renovation), and I also appreciate that curving staircase and all the nice classical detailing in the main rooms.

I unfortunately didn’t save more photos from the listing, mainly because I was so disappointed by how tacky it was. The owners at the time had a white-black-gold Greek theme in every room of the house (which included gold wall-to-wall carpeting and metallic window scarves in the master bedroom).

I can tell you that the back of the house as you see it in the movie was constructed several feet away from the back of the actual house, which looks nothing like that. They did that so the back of the movie house would better correspond with their interior sets, and also so they could do the whole scene with the scaffolding collapsing and that big window breaking. Also, the house is right next to one of the oldest cemeteries on Long Island, dating back to the late 1600s!

Thanks to seeing this movie as a preschooler, I have grown up loving white clapboard Georgian/Federal Revival houses. Maybe one day (in the far future) I could afford one!

hookedonhouses November 15, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Thanks, Garrison! I didn’t know about the back of the house having a fake exterior. Interesting! -Julia

Garrison November 15, 2010 at 10:59 am

Oh, here’s a picture from the listing that I photoshopped to show what the house might look like if someone re-renovated it and returned it back to its original design:

http://i53.tinypic.com/1zc08j7.jpg

I almost forgot I did this (I’m obsessed, OK?).

Kelly November 15, 2010 at 11:08 am

I loved this movie when I was little, still love it now. Tom Hanks played the role perfectly but I’ve never been a fan of Shelley Long, so I’m biased that I didn’t like her in the movie. Great post, one of my favorite movie houses in a long list of others. :)
.-= Kelly´s last blog ..1926 Dutch Colonial- Asheville- NC =-.

Kelly R. November 15, 2010 at 11:58 am

This is such a beautiful home, but I think the addition of so many windows on the front took away some of it’s charm. Also, scary how many of your readers saw this movie when they were so young…I’m officially feeling old now!

rhonda November 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Have you seen any MLS listing pictures for Kathie Lee’s home in Nantucket? She announced today on her show that it has sold and I’d love to see pictures of it! Thought I’d ask you since you can find any house!!

hookedonhouses November 15, 2010 at 3:54 pm

I missed that Kathie Lee’s house was on the market. Has anyone seen it online anywhere? -Julia

Annia November 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I just finished building my house – and the contractors were just like that!

Valerie November 15, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I saw The Money Pit for the first time about a year and a half ago. It’s is so loosely based on Mr. Blandings that I never would have thought so if you hadn’t said. This movie is the reason I don’t think I could live inside a house while I was renovating it. I’d need a quiet place to come home to. Mr. Blandings is one of my favorite movies of all time, so much better than the money pit, even though it is fun. I do agree: not showing the rest of the finished house makes me so mad!
.-= Valerie´s last blog ..Return to WA- Day 7 =-.

FairfieldHouse November 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm

We are living out the drama and comedy of The Money Pit. I saw both movies and enjoyed both. Nothing can beat the kitchen scene which ends up with the turkey launching out of the oven and landing in the bathroom, prior to the tub falling through the floor. Hysterical.
.-= FairfieldHouse´s last blog ..Bad Press =-.

Pat November 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Mr. Blandings is my absolute favorite move of all time, I would be so greateful if my daughter would return it to me! Movies of that era possessed a special quality, I it doesn’t get much better then Cary Grant and Myrna Loy for acting! The bit where Mrs. Blandings describes the paint colors she wants to the painter is priceless!
I did like Money Pit..much more physical, and that floating staircase is priceless! Why doesn’t Hollywood get it? We want to see the ENTIRE house after its been redone! LOL!
.-= Pat´s last blog ..Breaking the Silence =-.

Heather November 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I live in a 1,400 square foot version of that house ; )

Deb in Oz November 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I LOVE this movie, just about my favourite I think. I’ve seen it probably hundreds of times and still crack up when the tub goes through the floor. Tom Hanks is priceless! I do wish they’d show all the renos though, would have been nice to see what they did with the whole house.

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House November 15, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I love that movie — but it makes me mad too when they don’t show the rest of the house’s makeover! :) You must have been reading my mind on this post — I was just thinking about this movie last week when I think I referred to our “income” property as a Money Pit! :) Haha!!
.-= Amanda@The Hand Me Down House´s last blog ..And the winner is =-.

Jenny at Henriettas House November 15, 2010 at 7:34 pm

This is one of my favorite movies!! I’ve seen it so many times. I love to quote it – “Two weeks, two weeks, you sound like a parakeet.” The bathtub crashing and the hole under the rug are two of my favorite scenes.
.-= Jenny at Henriettas House´s last blog ..New Game Tablefrom the 1950s =-.

Bre November 15, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I LOVE The Money Pit! It’s such a classic comedy, and I’ve always loved the house. Thanks for this post, the real house is even more beautiful! I’ve never seen the Cary Grant movie, I will definitely have to check it out. Stuck in the floor was one of my most favorite scenes. Now that you mention it, it is rather annoying that we don’t see more of the renovation at the end of the movie…
.-= Bre´s last blog ..From Table to Tub- Marshmallow =-.

Dean November 15, 2010 at 10:36 pm

This movie cracks me up every time I watch it. Long and Hanks are hilarious! And I can never hear the song “The Name Game” without thinking of Tom Hanks stuck in a floor.
It’s never bothered me that the rest of the house isn’t shown post-renovation, but now that you mention it, it is a little odd.

jan November 15, 2010 at 10:55 pm

“Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” is the perfect movie — witty, charming with a brillant cast and script. In contrast — “The Money Pit” was a waste of film! If they had stuck to the original story then the film MIGHT have had a chance! The same problem happened with the film “Bewitched” which managed to mangle the wonderful original storyline of the iconic television show. Of course I am STILL waiting for a decent remake of the Blandings story! Maybe Nora Ephron might tackle it — and bring us more of her wonderful houses/home settings!

Jenny November 15, 2010 at 11:58 pm

The money pit is classic! I never thought about the fact that you don’t see the rest of the house, however now that you mention it that is annoying! LOL!

I haven’t seen the Cary Grant movie, I’ll have to!
.-= Jenny´s last blog ..Homeschool Week 16 Review =-.

sandy@oohlafroufrou November 16, 2010 at 12:15 am

Wow, the photos of the real house as it is now are stunners. I do feel the same as you as far as being led down a path hoping to see the finished product and then … thud. We’re left to stew downstairs. Loved looking at the photos of the movie set again, however … so fun!!

bfish November 16, 2010 at 6:27 am

We tried to watch this movie years ago, but couldn’t make it very far due to the extreme frustration. As old house fans and DIYers, we just found it very depressing and kind of silly. I like a good comedy so maybe the subject matter was too close to home. Admittedly, I do not like Shelley Long at all, in anything, so the annoyance factor of having her in a starring role probably contributed to my feelings of distaste.

Becky November 16, 2010 at 8:30 am

My mom passed away recently and I remember going to see this movie with her when it first came out. We laughed until our sides hurt and she always remembered it as one of her all-time favorites. Thanks for giving me a good giggle this morning. I think it’s time for my kids to watch it.

Richella at Imparting Grace November 16, 2010 at 1:36 pm

I’ve never watched The Money Pit, although I remember friends recommending it to my husband and me when we bought an American Foursquare in Nashville back in 1987. That was long before blogging. . . too bad!

But Mr. Blandings is one of my all-time favorite movies. From time to time I re-run one of my favorite scenes in my head. . . such as the exchange between Mrs. Blandings and the painter. Oh, my–laughter holding both my sides! Or I’ll think to myself, “If you ain’t eatin’ WHAM, you ain’t eatin’ ham!” How I do love Cary Grant!
.-= Richella at Imparting Grace´s last blog ..Giving thanks for another chance =-.

Cass at That Old House November 16, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Oh Mr. Blandings is the BEST movie!
I was going to quote from the Myrna Loy painters scene, and the Wham/Ham scene, but the previous commenter beat me to it.
My sister and I quote from this movie all the time — much to our husbands’ bewilderment.

Money Pit? Cute but too ridiculous to be truly classic, and YES they should have shown the rest of the remodel. Especially the Kitchen!
Cass
.-= Cass at That Old House´s last blog ..Old Silver And A Peek =-.

Desiree@chiccoastalliving November 17, 2010 at 7:15 am

One of my favorite movies! mostly because of the house!
.-= Desiree@chiccoastalliving´s last blog ..My New Favorite Store- Pizitz Home &amp Cottage =-.

belledame November 17, 2010 at 7:13 pm

this is one of my favorite comedies. came out when i was 13. it makes me fall over laughing. i love watching walter crack up over the stress. best gags are the raccoon in the closet that jumps on her and sends her tearing around the house screaming, of course the tub and staircase, and the one where walter comes home, stands in the study and slowly sinks through a hole in the floor and becomes lodged there for hours (of course, in real life that would probably suffocate a person very slowly and painfully). my favorite is the confession about her hookup with her ex: “you WHORE!!!” just so well-timed… before he became a serious actor, tom hanks was stellar comedian.

Ivy@RemodelTwinCities.com November 18, 2010 at 12:42 am

We have had soooo many rehab projects that ballooned into similar chaos. Usually the “during rehab” pictures are way worse than the “before” pix. Thank goodness my husband grew up on a farm and can handle any surprises that come our way. You’d be amazed at what a person can do with just bailing wire and duct tape. Farm kids rock.
.-= Ivy@RemodelTwinCities.com´s last blog ..Flip flops and Garages =-.

hookedonhouses November 18, 2010 at 8:11 am

Love it! And I’ll keep the bailing wire and duct tape in mind while we’re working on this new sunroom. ;-)

Fifi Flowers November 18, 2010 at 12:46 am

LOVE this movie… CLASSIC!!! When Tom Hanks laughs… tears come to my eyes!

Cindy November 20, 2010 at 1:02 am

I like both movies but Mr. Blandings is definitely my favorite. Who can resist Cary Grant and Myrna Loy?
.-= Cindy´s last blog ..A Few of My Favorite Things =-.

Shannon November 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

I love this movie! My parents bought a fixer-upper when I was in middle school and joked that they had a real life money pit because every other month, something else would fall apart. When my husband and I were going to close on our first home a couple months ago, I would have nightmares about the staircase falling apart as we were walking up it after getting the keys. Luckily, that didn’t happen!

I must say, that house is GORGEOUS. I think that’s why I love the Federal style homes so much – because of this movie. The interior is just so classic. :)
.-= Shannon´s last blog ..The Half-Bathroom- A Work in Progress =-.

c September 25, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I love this house. I like the ‘before’ and the ‘after’. I live in a mini version of this house.
This house does not look dated even though the movie is from the 1980s. Can’t say the same for ‘modern’ interior design…give it 10 years and its tommorow’s shag carpet.

maude March 31, 2013 at 9:18 pm

The scene that always gave me a terrible sense of claustrophobia was when Tom hanks fell through the floor and was held in place by an area rug.. Unable to move, he just waited..
Maude

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