THE AMAZING QUEST OF ERNEST BLISS

GB
1936
1hr 20mins
Dir: Alfred Zeisler
Starring: Cary Grant and Mary Brian

A bored millionaire bets that he can live a successful life without his wealth for one year

This romantic comedy features some scenes in East London that depict rare images of trains from the 1930s. There are three main trains featured in these scenes; one is of a mixed-freight hauled by LNER J52 Class 0-6-0ST No.4207, whilst the other two, a mineral train and a passenger made up of vintage LMS 3rd Class non-corridor stock do not show the locomotives. A 1920s District Line train also briefly features as does the frontage to Stepney Green Underground station. The film was a remake of the 1920 film The Amazing Quest of Mr. Ernest Bliss. It was re-issued in the United States in 1937 under the title The Amazing Adventure (and sometimes Romance and Riches) and was edited down from the original UK running time of 80 minutes, to just 62 minutes. Most versions found these days are the shorter one, though they depict all the railway scenes.

Vintage District Line train
An equally vintage LNER train. What was apparently Cary Grant’s double looks on as J52 Class 0-6-0ST No.4207 passes by at the end of the street. Lovely.