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Character's Name: Ernest Bliss
Release Date:  U.K. 1936, 
                        U.S. March 6 1937
Director: Alfred Zeisler
Studio:  Garrett Klement Pictures
Running Time: 70 minutes

Cast: Cary Grant (Ernest Bliss), Mary Brian (Frances Clayton), Peter Gawthorne (Sir James Aldroyd), Henry Kendall (Lord Honiton), Leon M Lion (Dorrington), John Turnbull (Masters), Arthur Hardy (Crawley), Iris Ashley (Clare Winters), Garry Marsh (The Buyer), Andrea Malandrinos (Giuseppe), Alfred Wellesley (Montague), Marie Wright (Mrs. Heath), Buena Bent (Mrs. Mott), Charles Farrell (Scales), Hal Gordon (Bill Bronson), Quinton MacPherson (Clowes), Ralph Richardson (Waiter)

The picture may also have been released under the title:
'Romance & Riches' or 
'The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss'
'A Rich Young Man'

Watch "The Amazing Adventure" - 1:01:52

- by ZoŽ Shaw
Ernest Bliss has inherited £2,000,000 and bets £50,000 that he can earn his own living for a year without using any of his fortune for himself. He has various jobs and looks set to win the wager. However, he breaks the terms a few days before he would win, when he finds that his sweetheart (whom he met in his first job) is going to marry her employer in order to provide a home for her sick sister.

- by Debbie Dunlap

Ernest Bliss is a rich, young man with too little to do and too much money to do it with; he suffers from "ennui." Not realizing the depression he's in is due to boredom, Ernest consults a doctor. Sir James Aldroyd, disgusted that a healthy young man is ill simply because of laziness and an indulgent lifestyle, gives Ernest a prescription 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.

Ernest learns the true value of effort through working; the value of humankind, both good and bad, through living amongst the masses; the love of a good woman not dependent upon his monetary value; and the blessing and responsibility of possessing money.

Though Ernest wins his bet, he nonetheless pays the doctor the 50,000 pounds: his token of appreciation for all he's learned over the course of the past year.

VARIETY Film Review - August 26, 1936
- by "Jolo"
- submitted by Barry Martin
E. Phillips Oppenheim's story (filmed years ago as a silent) is a bit old-fashioned and present-day filmgoers may regard it as implausible.  Coincidences are highly improbable, and the whole thing, despite excellent direction and acting, moves at a pace that demands a large measure of cutting before being offered to the general public.  

Implausibilities include an elderly lodging house keeper who refuses to oust a man from his room, despite arrears of rent, when she could get cash from someone else.  Also encountering his former gold-digger mistress who, finding him working as a chauffeur, deliberately leaves her diamond bracelet in his car.

In the end everything comes out all right, of course, and he is enabled to provide liberally for all those who were kind to him during his self-imposed poverty.

There is a mechanical progression in the photographic sequences which lacks credence, but this may be fixed by cutting, thereby speeding up the movement towards the story's culmination.

Cary Grant looks and acts the part with deft characterization.  He secures laughs easily and apparently without effort.  Mary Brian plays the role of the typist with a metallic harshness which would be more in keeping with the gold-digger.  One expects more feminine softness and sympathy from such a role.  Most of the other actors and actresses are adequate, and production details are very good.  

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