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The Amazing Adventure

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Amazing Quest was the original British release title of the 1937 comedy Romance and Riches (aka Riches and Romance). Making a rare return trip to England, Cary Grant plays the heir to a huge fortune. Alas, Grant is miserable, because he's never worked for his money. Determined to prove his worth, Grant makes a wager than he can earn his keep for a full year without ever touching the family millions. He loses his bet when he must draw upon his money to wed poverty-stricken Mary Brian, the better to save her from ...
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Overview

Amazing Quest was the original British release title of the 1937 comedy Romance and Riches (aka Riches and Romance). Making a rare return trip to England, Cary Grant plays the heir to a huge fortune. Alas, Grant is miserable, because he's never worked for his money. Determined to prove his worth, Grant makes a wager than he can earn his keep for a full year without ever touching the family millions. He loses his bet when he must draw upon his money to wed poverty-stricken Mary Brian, the better to save her from an unhappy marriage of convenience. Still, his experiences among the working classes have left an indelible impression; turning his back on his "equals," Grant invites all of his newly acquired lowborn friends to his wedding reception. Like His Girl Friday, Penny Serenade, and Charade, Amazing Quest is one on the ever-growing list of Cary Grant films that have lapsed into public domain, and thus are more readily available than when first released. Amazing Quest was based on a novel by that talented British workhorse E. Phillips Oppenheim.
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Special Features

Interactive menu; Scene selector; Dolby Digital; Trivia quiz; Biography
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
There's really nothing amazing about The Amazing Adventure (or Amazing Quest, as one of its several titles has it), but it does star Cary Grant, and that alone makes it worth watching. Grant was a one of a kind star, someone whose urbane personality would seem to limit him in his choice of roles but who somehow was able to handle a wide range of assignments. As at home in drama as in comedy, Grant here takes advantage of his beautiful comic timing and his ability to be both self-absorbed and utterly open to the world, to good effect. Indeed, Grant's personality is key to Adventure's success, because the part as written is rather mild and uninvolving. There's little of real interest to Ernest Bliss, a character we've encountered many times before under other names; but Grant makes him someone that makes us stop and take notice. The screenplay is a bunch of fluff and nonsense, filled with the kind of platitudes and warm-hearted portrayals of "the common folk" that make for good populist sentiment but don't convince as drama. Alfred Zeisler's direction is commonplace, but the supporting cast is worthy. Not a very good film, but Grant shines even with inferior material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1999
  • UPC: 096009017835
  • Original Release: 1936
  • Rating:

  • Source: Platinum Disc
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,880

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Ernest Bliss
Mary Brian Frances Clayton
Peter Gawthorne Sir James Aldroyd
Henry Kendall Lord Ronnie Honiton
Léon 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
Alf Goddard Butcher Bill
Moore Marriott Edwards
Quinton McPherson Clowes
Ralph Richardson Waiter
Frank Stanmore Mr. Mott
Technical Credits
Alfred Zeisler Director
Werner Bachman Score Composer
John L. Balderston Screenwriter
Robert Garrett Producer
Otto Heller Cinematographer
Otto Klement Producer
David Rawnsley Art Director
Merrill White Editor
Jerome M. Zeitman Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Intro [1:20]
2. In London [10:38]
3. Looking for Work [12:33]
4. Dinner [7:56]
5. Blackmail [7:46]
6. Winning Another Bet [10:31]
7. End [10:11]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Move
   Chapters
   Quiz
   Biography
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