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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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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

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: That's rather a tall order.
Sir James Alroyd: Of course, a certain amount of moral stamina would be needed.
Ernest Bliss: Oh, you think I have no stamina, eh? Well no hard feelings, good morning.
[Offers his hand to Sir. James, who sits back and crosses his arms]
Sir James Alroyd: Good morning Mr. Bliss.
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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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THE AMAZING QUEST OF ERNEST BLISS (Alfred Zeisler, 1936) **1/2
22 December 2007 | by Bunuel1976See 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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