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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

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Comedy

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

27 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romance and Riches See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Garrett-Klement Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

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: Rather difficult man to see, aren't you, Sir James?
Sir James Alroyd: Not for those who are punctual. Any other complaints?
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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 »

Connections

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

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amazingly cheap but endearing
18 January 2006 | by MartinHaferSee 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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