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The Amazing Adventure (1936)
"The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss" (original title)

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A bored millionaire wagers his doctor that he can support himself at a working class job for year without touching his inheritance.

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Frances Clayton
Peter Gawthorne ...
Sir James Alroyd
Henry Kendall ...
Lord Honiton
Leon M. Lion ...
Dorrington
John Turnbull ...
Masters
Arthur Hardy ...
Crawley
Iris Ashley ...
Clare
Garry Marsh ...
The Buyer
Andreas Malandrinos ...
Guiseppi (as Andrea Malandrinos)
Alfred Wellesley ...
Montague
Marie Wright ...
Mrs. Heath
Buena Bent ...
Mrs. Mott
Charles Farrell ...
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Quentin McPhearson ...
Clowes (as Quinton MacPherson)
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Ernest Bliss is a rich young man with too little to do. Not realizing the depression he's in is due to boredom, Ernest consults a doctor. Sir James Aldroyd gives Ernest a prescription that he doesn't think Ernest can fill: Ernest must earn his own living for one year using none of his current wealth. Ernest bets him 50,000 English pounds that he can. Written by Debbie Dunlap <dunlap@mail.acilink.net>

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A Story of Rags to Riches... and More Riches

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Drama | Romance | Comedy

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27 February 1937 (USA)  »

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Romance and Riches  »

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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The map of the London Underground shown when Bliss first sets out looks authentic but misspells Whitechapel as 'Whitechaple'. See more »

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Frances Clayton: Cinderella didn't cry in the story... but she would've in real life.
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" I started at the Bottom and worked my way down "
20 December 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A novel written by E.Phillip Oppenheim and directed by Alfred Zeisler became the basis of this funny, quirky movie which has been redone many times. The book was entitled 'The Amazing Adventure of Ernest Bliss' and appeared on the silver screen as " The Amazing Adventure. " The simple story is that of a gentleman name of Ernest Bliss (Cary Grant) who due to his multi Millionaire status finds himself completely bored with his life. Unable to understand why, seeks the advice of Sir James Alroyd (Peter Gawthorne) a good friend and prominent doctor. The physician explains that Bliss is bored because he has money and too much leisure time on his hands. Betting Bliss cannot live without his bankroll, challenges him to try and live without it for one whole year. A challenge Bliss accepts for 50,000 pounds. Thus with the bet in hand, the life of poverty is hard and becomes extremely difficult as the months begin to add up. This film is one of the first movies made in 1936 by Grant and soon establishes him as a great Thespian. Mary Brian plays Frances Clayton as his love's interest. The movie also is difficult in several other ways, the hardest of which is, it's in Black and White and of poor screen quality. However if you're a Cary Grant fan which I am, you'll find it amusing enough to watch it through. Recommended to all his fans. ****


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