Amazing Adventure (1936)

ALFRED ZEISLER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B

Alternate title:  The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss, Romance And Riches

United Kingdom, 1936.  Garrett-Klement Pictures.  Screenplay by , based on the novel The Amazing Quest Of Mr. Ernest Bliss by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Alfred Zeisler.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .

Millionaire Cary Grant goes to his doctor complaining of stress-related illness and is told that he has too much inherited money.  He is challenged to try and live a year without relying on his fortune, making his own living like the common man, which in this movie’s universe means a slightly upper-middle class common man, so Grant does exactly this as an oven salesman without much luck.  Hard work and determination get him some self-esteem and even a little romance in this tacky, boring melodrama that plays down to a presumably working-class audience as reinforcing the idea of economic struggle being the key to a good soul.  It’s a giant bore and gets no benefit from Grant’s truly sparkling personality, a simplistic story even for what we mistakenly presume as a more innocent time in film storytelling.

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