The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss

The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss

A DVD issue of the film, under the US title.
Directed by Alfred Zeisler
Produced by Alfred Zeisler
Written by John L. Balderston (writer)
E. Phillips Openheim (novel)
Starring Cary Grant
Cinematography Otto Heller
Edited by Merrill G. White
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
28 July 1936 (UK)
27 February 1937
Running time
80 minutes (UK), 62 minutes (US)
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss is a 1936 British romantic comedy film directed by Alfred Zeisler and starring Cary Grant. It is a remake of the 1920 film The Amazing Quest of Mr. Ernest Bliss.

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 62 minutes. Most prints these days are the shorter one.

Plot synopsis

Ernest Bliss (Cary Grant) is a rich socialite suffering boredom. He makes a bet for £50,000 with a doctor, Sir James Aldroyd, that he can live for a year, working at whatever jobs he can find, supporting himself solely on whatever pay he earns, and not relying on any of his accumulated wealth. Despite a good effort on his part, he ultimately loses the bet when he has to draw money to wed poverty stricken Frances Clayton (Mary Brian), to save her from an unhappy marriage of convenience.


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