“The Amazing Adventure” is a 1936 British comedy film directed by Alfred Zeisler and starring Cary Grant, Mary Brian, and Peter Gawthorne.
Grant plays Ernest Bliss, a wealthy young man who is bored with his life and decides to wager his entire fortune that he can live for a year without any of his current luxuries or money. His solicitor (played by Gawthorne) accepts the bet, and Bliss sets off to live a life of poverty.
He soon discovers that life without money is much harder than he anticipated, but he manages to find work as a dishwasher and befriends a struggling actress named Peggy (played by Brian). The two fall in love, but Bliss refuses to tell Peggy about his true identity or his bet.
As the year draws to a close, Bliss must decide whether to reveal his true identity and win the bet or to continue living a life of poverty with Peggy. In the end, he chooses love over money and gives up his fortune to be with Peggy.
The film was a critical and commercial success, and is considered one of Cary Grant’s early breakthrough roles. It is also noted for its comedic and satirical commentary on wealth and class.
E. Phillips Oppenheim, John L. Balderston
Cary Grant, Mary Brian, Peter Gawthorne