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The Amazing Adventure (1936)

The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss (original title)
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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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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27 February 1937 (USA)  »

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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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Remake of The Amazing Quest of Mr. Ernest Bliss (1920) See more »

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THE AMAZING QUEST OF ERNEST BLISS (Alfred Zeisler, 1936) **1/2
22 December 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Following Cary Grant's star-making supporting turn alongside Katharine Hepburn in SYLVIA SCARLETT (1935), he returned to his native land – England – for this one film (based on a popular play that had already been adapted for the screen as a Silent in 1920), and which makes for curious viewing even after all these years.

Grant is always worth watching, and he's fresh and appealing in this harmless but dated Capraesque comedy – a wealthy young man is bored by his lifestyle and places a bet with a celebrated doctor that he can earn his living for a year – but, as was the case with the majority of British films at the time, technical quality is lacking when compared to the more polished Hollywood product.

Interestingly, the star's role – where Grant is forced to deceive the leading lady, whom he loves – would be expounded upon in subsequent films; here, however, the narrative is allowed to turn maudlin towards the end…and, in any case, the version I watched (under the misleading U.S. moniker, THE AMAZING ADVENTURE) has been trimmed to a little over an hour from the original length of 80 minutes!


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