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The Amazing Adventure (1937)

Cary Grant , Mary Brian , Alfred Zeisler  |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Mary Brian
  • Directors: Alfred Zeisler
  • Writers: John Balderston
  • Producers: Garrett Klement
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00176X7JC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,092 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Cary Grant stars as a wealthy-yet-unfulfilled millionaire who attempts to spend a year among the working classes instead of relying on his family fortune in this British comedy-romance. But his loyalties are challenged when he falls in love with a woman from the impoverished side of town. Co-starring Mary Brian, the film is based on best-selling novel "The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss", which is also the title used for its original UK release.

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221 of 230 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant is the man. May 14, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Not many people enjoy watching "old black and white" movies anymore. The claims I hear most are that there isn't enough action, there are no special effects, and the plots are boring. Many of those same complaints can be made about modern movies as well. The biggest difference is that you can't take your whole family to see those films because of all the swearing, violence, and sex whereas a family can enjoy watcing an old film together without any worry of having to blind the youngsters eyes and cover their ears.
AMAZING ADVENTURE is not a great movie; it's just the usual run of the mill love story. However, there is one exception that makes the movie a par above the rest: Cary Grant. I have yet to see a bad movie in which he acted. Not only that, but Grant had the rare ability to take even the most mudane movie moments and transform them into cinematic magic. Such is the case with AMAZING ADVENTURE. The plot of the movie revolves around a rich young man who has inherited a tremendous fortune. He finds himself becoming ill and seeks the help and advice of a doctor. The doctor tells him that he is physically fit, but is affected by the disease of money. He places a bet with the young man, challenging him to work for one year by his own means and not by using his inherited fortune. What follows is the "amazing adventure" as Grant moves from one job to the next, learning lessons of humility, and falling in love. Youngsters may find the movie boring, but adults will probably enjoy it and the lessons the film instills can't be heard enough in contemporary society.
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126 of 133 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CARY GRANT FANS: DON'T MISS THIS ONE !!!! June 22, 2001
If I was ever amazed by an inexpensive DVD, this was the one. Sure, time has taken its toll on the film print. Sure, the transfer to DVD could be better, in fact it could have been much better. But, IF you are able to ignore some natural degradation, a little grain, and a couple of minor skips(not enough to interfer with continuity) YOU ARE IN FOR A REAL TREAT !
With its "Depression Era" overtones, this movie exemplifies many forgotten attitudes, ambitions and values of the 1930's. It presents clear character lessons that are timeless in relevance. View it once, and then view it again with your grandparents/grandchildren. You may be surprised by their comments.
For some real comedy pay particular attention to the apartment fight scene. You might have to push the "pause" button until you stop laughing.
My guess is that this DVD will be highly enjoyed by all ages under 10, over 50, and all those between 11 and 49 who are able to look beyond the purely superficial.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant Did Have an Amazing Adventure March 16, 2006
By Scampy
If you like old movies, and you like Cary Grant, this is definitely one you should see. Cary Grant, who plays Ernest Bliss, starts out as an unhappy, unsatisfied rich man with no meaning or direction in his life. Thinking he is ill, he seeks professional help from a doctor who seems to have become cynical towards his wealthy patients. The doctor prescribes that Ernest start over with no money and work and live on his own using none of his inherited fortune for himself for an entire year. The doctor, of course, doesn't think that rich Ernest can handle that so Ernest makes him a bet that he can.

What follows, is Ernest's "amazing adventure" with different jobs that teach him the lessons of life. He meets average ordinary people on his journey and learns that there is definitely more to happiness than money. Sometimes, it is the people with the least or the people you least expect who end up giving the most.

The movie is only about an hour long so it doesn't feel like parts of it get dragged out. I got the Alpha Video DVD release which was OK. The visuals definitely looked like an old movie with scratches and blacked out sections of frames that go by in a split second here and there. There are even a couple of minor skips which don't take away from the movie, but they were a little distracting to me. The audio was slightly muffled in spots but again, not enough to deter me from this film. If anything, these minor flaws add to the charm of this old movie. Of course, if the visuals could be made crisp and clear and the audio cleaned up enough to sharpen the sound, I wouldn't complain.

Cary Grant is what makes this film very enjoyable. The supporting cast is alright but it is Cary Grant who you can see emerging as the legendary star. When he smiles, he warms your heart and this movie's overall lessons are things all of us can be reminded of often.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Cary Grant plays modern day Buddha in this classic movie set in London (1937) during the post depression era. Ernest Bliss (Cary Grant) temporarily gives up his riches to become working poor to understand his apparent illness, and seek enlightenment. He rents an apartment in from an old lady who is compassionate and understanding. He works for a limousine service company as a driver where he meets a caring worker. He falls in love with a young woman named Frances Clayton (Mary Brian), and learns a crucial thing in life; to be in love, the lady doesn't have to be beautiful or wealthy, but all heart will do. During his adventure; he sees life, people, poverty, suffering, and sadness. He understands that people in spite of all uncertainties in life find happiness with what they have, and they care about another human being. He gradually realizes that his wealth is an obstacle in pursuit of happiness and to have peace in eternal life. Cary Grant has performed brilliantly with his usual caliber and charm, but I was impressed most with the performance of Mary Brian, who is loving, yet so vulnerable in life. My favorite scenes are when she interviews Ernest Bliss for his first job and later when he proposes to her on the steps of the building Frances works. This is a heart warming movie which doesn't have Christmas theme or set in Christmas time, but very appropriate for Christmas time viewing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Old movie but great srory
Throughly enjoyed this.The black and white & old technology took away from it. But in spite of that the story was good
Published 13 days ago by Muzzie
4.0 out of 5 stars This classic film deserves a better print.
"The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss" was this sweet little film's original title when it was released in 1936. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Beth Bailey-Kingdon
4.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant
This is a fun, early Cary Grant movie. Although it's not necessarily one of his best movies, it is a fun one to watch and definitely one not to miss for any Grant fans!
Published 1 month ago by Conlon
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming story
This is a sweet story based on characters that you'd like to meet in real life. Cary Grant is fabulous as usual.
Published 1 month ago by donaggie6
4.0 out of 5 stars Anything with Cary Grant is worth watching!
I LOVE old movies, especially those with Grant. Preposterous plot but who cares? Best part of the movie involves his butler's faux pas.
Published 2 months ago by Treasure Island Books
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming!
The scene is London, 1937. A very young Cary Grant is a wealthy man who has never worked in his life, and who temporarily puts his riches on hold while seeking fulfillment by... Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. B. Sharp
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Early Cary Grant Movie
Cary Grant pulls off his character quite well in this early movie of his. The leading lady, Mary Brian, is at best forgettable; most of the supporting actors and actresses play... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark C. Phinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cary Grant
You see in this movie some of the character traits that follow Cary Grant throughout his career. Great fight scene in which he no doubt did all his own fighting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Noah
5.0 out of 5 stars great old movie
I do so enjoy the old black and whites...faces and surroundings are so beautifully clearly defined - the talent was so amazing ...
Published 3 months ago by Lizzie
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
A pretty good movie, but would not rate it as one of my favorites. Love both of these actors, but have seen them in much better roles. It was worth watching.
Published 3 months ago by Judith F. Podner
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