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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
Scales
Quentin McPhearson ...
Clowes (as Quinton MacPherson)
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Storyline

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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Ernest Bliss: Eat your caviar.
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Remake of The Amazing Quest of Mr. Ernest Bliss (1920) See more »

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amazingly cheap but endearing
18 January 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an obviously low-budget film from Cary Grant. It seems that most of the stars of the 1940s did a few cheap-o independent films during the 1930s (Bogart and Cagney did a few that I recently reviewed). However, what sets this film apart is that despite its poor quality at times, it's a surprisingly watchable. So, if you ignore one or two flat performances by supporting cast members and sets that are not exactly MGM quality, you'll be rewarded with a decent film. Yes, I'll admit that the plot is just a little bit silly, but because of its charm and brisk pace, it satisfies. Cary plays a rich and lazy guy who finds himself bored with life. When he goes to the doctor, the doc tells him to stop sniveling about his life and DO something productive--get a job and stop being a self-indulgent jerk. Cary takes this as a challenge and decides to make himself over--all for the better. About the only strong negative I felt is that the girl that Cary is destined to marry in the film just seems awfully immature and stupid at the end of the film--I wanted him to find someone better!


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