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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.

Director:

Alfred Zeisler

Writers:

E. Phillips Oppenheim (novel), John L. Balderston (adapted for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cary Grant ... Ernest Bliss
Mary Brian ... Frances Clayton
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Sir James Alroyd
Henry Kendall ... Lord Honiton
Leon M. Lion ... Dorrington
John Turnbull ... Masters
Arthur Hardy Arthur Hardy ... Crawley
Iris Ashley Iris Ashley ... Clare
Garry Marsh ... The Buyer
Andreas Malandrinos Andreas Malandrinos ... Guiseppi (as Andrea Malandrinos)
Alfred Wellesley Alfred Wellesley ... Montague
Marie Wright Marie Wright ... Mrs. Heath
Buena Bent Buena Bent ... Mrs. Mott
Charles Farrell ... Scales
Quinton McPherson Quinton McPherson ... 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

27 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Amazing Adventure See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its initial USA telecast Monday 1 January 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). On the West Coast, television viewers got their first look at it in Los Angeles Wednesday 7 June 1950 on KTSL (Channel 2). 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: Darling, you're crying. What's the matter, baby?
Frances Clayton: Cinderella didn't cry in the story. But she would have in real life. I'm too happy not to cry. Too happy.
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Alternate Versions

The film was re-issued in the United States in 1937 under the title "The Amazing Adventure" (also alternatively "Romance and Riches"), and was edited down from the original UK running time of 80 minutes, to 61 minutes. Most prints these days are the shorter one. See more »

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A career turning point
10 January 1999 | by VarlaamSee all my reviews

The year 1936 marks the end of Cary Grant's long apprenticeship. Filmographies differ as to the precise order of the films he released in this period, so this film -- the only one he made in Britain in the '30's -- makes a convenient watershed. Of his films released that year, this one is probably the weakest.

Cary at this point has his mature mannerisms, but he still lacks the sparkle. Moviegoers would have to wait another year. He really comes into his own in 1937 with "The Toast of New York", "Topper", and "The Awful Truth" in particular.

This film's plot follows the conventional Depression formula of a man of affluence temporarily renouncing his wealth in order to become a man of the people, with predictable results.


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