"Cary Grant...secures laughs easily and apparently without effort."
|With Mary Brian.|
The Amazing Adventure of Ernest Bliss - Review is taken from 'The Films of Cary Grant' by Donald Deschner (1973):
"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 the 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."
- Joshua Lowe, Variety
|New Artwork by Rebekah Hawley at Studio36 -|
Number 26 - The Amazing Adventure of Ernest Bliss (Lobby Card Style)
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