'Wonderland' is the American theatre world. Cyril ('Barmy') Fotheringay
(pronounced Fungy) Phipps, Eton, Oxford and Drones Club, is attracted by
Dinty Moore, secretary of a Broadway producer, Joe Lehman. Film-star,
buzzer and boozer Mervyn Potter, due to appear in a Broadway play, burns
his cottage down and is rescued by Barmy. He persuades Barmy to put his
little all, $22,000, to buy twenty-five per cent of his play, 'Sacrifice',
producer Joe Lehman. Potter is engaged to Hermione Brimble, daughter of a tycoon. She swears him off
drink and puts a detective on to report if he drinks. Potter owns a
Tanganyika lion-dog, Tulip, dangerous when Potter is drunk and
Potter will not marry Miss Brimble. Barmy Phipps will marry Dinty. The play
is 'fixed' to be a success. Lehmac Productions buy Barmy out for $100,000.
It's a return to the backstage world of A Damsel in Distress, Jill the
Reckless, and The Adventures of Sally. It is loosely adapted from George
Kaufman's play, 'The Butter-and-Egg Man'. Some critics said Wodehouse's
American dialogue, especially the slang, was all wrong, but he said that he
took it verbatim from the Kaufman script. So there!
Fanny, wife of Joe Lehman of Lehmac Productions, 'a man of the great
indoors', had been a great juggler. She is a very good wisecracker.
Peggy Marlowe, show girl, is based, surely, on Marion Davies, mistress of
William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper tycoon, owner of, and host at,
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.