Her former employer, Laetitia Carberry, of the Anti-Tobacco League, has
left to journalist Sally Fitch a Park Lane flat, and £25,000 if she doesn't
smoke for two years. And a detective, Daphne Dolby, must share the flat and
keep an eye on her and report.
In Hollywood a number of businessmen form 'Bachelors Anonymous', to save
friends, clients and themselves from matrimony. The prime mover is Ephraim
Trout, lawyer who has handled Ivor Llewellyn's five divorces. Trout always
carries Mickey Finns as a last resort to save a soul. He is determined to
save Llewellyn from a sixth marriage. When Llewellyn goes to London, Trout
arranges for a firm of solicitors there to provide a man to dog his
footsteps and save him, especially from Vera Dalrymple, who has just
wrecked the chances of Joe Pickering's first play, in which she took the
lead. Joe meets Sally Fitch and tails in love with her when she comes to
interview him. Sally had once been engaged to Sir Jaklyn Warner, 7th Bart,
and a no-good sponger. Hearing about Sally's legacy, Sir Jaklyn courts
Sally again, and, in pique because she thinks Joe has stood her up on a
dinner date, she accepts him. Sally smokes and loses her £25,000.
Ivor Llewellyn buys Joe's play for $250,000 for a movie. Joe will marry
Sally. Daphne Dolby, the detective, drags Sir Jaklyn to the altar, or
registry office, and will probably make something of him. Ephraim Trout is
bitten by a dog in Valley Fields and the dog's owner, a widow and ex-nurse,
bandages him up and feeds him tea and home-made scones and strawberry jam,
and Trout will marry her. Happy bachelor Ivor Llewellyn, having escaped
Vera Dalrymple, will join Bachelors Anonymous enthusiastically when he gets
back to Hollywood.
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.