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The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss (1936)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Comedy | 27 February 1937 (USA)
A bored millionaire wagers his doctor that he can support himself at a working class job for year without touching his inheritance.


Alfred Zeisler


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




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)


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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ROMANCE WITH A "KICK" (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Cactus Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - May 10, 1938 - all caps) See more »


Drama | Romance | Comedy


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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 »


Towards the end when Bliss and Mary are climbing the stairs, they stop and face one another as she divulges her reason for becoming engaged. His head is even with hers. In the next cut, she has taken another step up because her head is above his; they didn't show her walking up backwards. See more »


Sir James Alroyd: What do you think's the matter with you?
Ernest Bliss: I don't know. That's why I came to see you. I can't eat. I can't sleep. I'm nervous. I never do anything, and I'm always tired.
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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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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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English | Italian

Release Date:

27 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romance and Riches See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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