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The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss
The Amazing Adventure / Riches and Romance / Romance and Riches

UK 1936
produced by
Alfred Zeisler for Garrett-Klement Pictures
directed by Alfred Zeisler
starring Cary Grant, Mary Brian, Peter Gawthorne, Henry Kendall, Leon M. Lion, John Turnbull, Arthur Hardy, Iris Ashley, Garry Marsh, Andreas Malandrinos, Alfred Wellesley, Marie Wright, Buena Bent, Quentin McPhearson, Hal Gordon, Alf Goddard
screenplay by John L.Balderston, based on the novel by E.Phillips Oppenheim, music by Werner Bochmann

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Immensely rich Ernest Bliss (Cary Grant) is bored beyond belief, in fact so much so that he visits a psychiatrist (Peter Gawthorne), who rather unexpectredly offers him a wager: Bliss has to work for his living for one whole year and not rely on his wealth, to get some perspective in life.

Bliss accepts, but in his first job as oven salesman, he at first bungles up and soon enough, the business seems to go down the drain ... so Bliss uses some of his vast wealth to help the business back onto its feet - but himself has to resign, since he must not rely on his wealth in order to win the wager.

Then Bliss becomes a chauffeur, and has a few mildly amusing adventures, like when he meets two gangsters who want to rip Bliss off and want to use his likeness to Bliss to make the thing work - not realizing that he really is Bliss. Besides that, Bliss has started courting secretary Frances (Mary Brian), who really likes him too, but is always short of money ... until one day her boss (Alfred Wellesley) tries to get into her panties, and while Bliss saves her with a right hook just in time, she loses her job over this - and of course, now she agrees to marry her knight in shining armour, whom she thinks a penniless sucker just like herself ... but then she learns her sister is gravely ill, and she needs much money fast - and the only man who has much money and wants to marry her she knows of is Masters (John Turnbull) ... and just like that, she has broken Bliss' heart.

But if it's money his sweetheart needs, Bliss is even willing to lose his wager (50,000 Pounds, no less) and win her heart back instead - and of course it all ends in a big wedding, and Bliss has become a better man.

 

One of those cute comedies: Not really funny but strong on moral, and quite cheesy actually. In all, pretty much a waste of time, with even Cary Grant being rather boring. And even though Howard Hawks' Bringing Up Baby, possibly the Cary Grant comedy, was made a mere two years later, it seems lightyears away.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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