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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
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Fabulously wealthy Cary Grant (as Ernest Bliss) is depressed. Life among the idle rich can be a bore, and Mr. Grant hasn't figured out a way to make it exciting. He goes to a doctor (Peter Gawthorne), who rattles Grant by refusing to shake his hand. The prescription is for Grant to give up his wealth for a year, and earn his living from the bottom. Grant pounds the pavement as a stove salesman, and settles into his job as a chauffeur. At the former, he meets and begins to date pretty Mary Brian (as Frances Clayton).
The quest Grant takes really isn't all that amazing, and the romantic subplot sluggishly (and obviously) carries the day. It might have been better to have Grant leave the doctor's office angry, and develop amnesia. He never really abandons the use of his money, as you'll see - though the script argues the point with a caveat. The film uses an abundance of dissolves, and has an interesting close-up sequence featuring Grant emoting. He was close with co-star Ms. Brian, who had been more popular as a silent film ingénue.
**** The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss (7/28/36) Alfred Zeisler ~ Cary Grant, Mary Brian, Peter Gawthorne, Henry Kendall
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