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‘It always means something’: Connecticut in the movies

(MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAMHOUSE) USA, 1948, Regie: H.C. Potter, CARY GRANT, MYRNA LOY, MELVYN DOUGLAS, Stichwort: Modell, Haus, Hausmodell.
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Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Illeana Douglas’ grandfather Melvyn Douglas in a colorized publicity shot for ‘Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House’ (1948).

Illeana Douglas’ new book is Connecticut in the Movies: From Dream Houses to Dark Suburbia. It isn’t just an encyclopedia of appearances by and references to Connecticut in movies. But rather, it’s a history and theory of “Connecticut movies,” something close to a genre unto itself with its own set of signs and meanings.

This hour, Illeana Douglas and David Edelstein join us to take a Not Necessarily The Nose-style look at the Nutmeg State on the silver screen.


  • Illeana Douglas: The Official Movie Star of The Colin McEnroe Show and the author, most recently, of Connecticut in the Movies
  • David Edelstein: America’s Greatest Living Film Critic

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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show, which originally aired October 13, 2023.

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