In this classic satire of English gentry and their servants, romantic intrigue collides with the hunt for a stolen artifact at a lord’s country house.
When struggling author Ashe Marson and former chorus girl Joan Valentine decide to make a fresh start of their lives, they don’t expect to meet again at Blandings Castle—each under an assumed identity, hoping to find a priceless stolen scarab. Posing as servants to various guests, they decide to team up rather than compete. But their covert search is child’s play compared to the complicated etiquette of a lord’s domestic staff, let alone the intricate intrigues of the families they serve.
With the earl’s son Freddie engaged to the daughter of an American millionaire, a fixer has been hired to recover compromising love letters Freddie once sent to a chorus girl named Joan. But Freddie’s soon-to-be father-in-law has an embarrassing secret of his own: he accidentally pocketed one of the earl’s prized scarabs while on a tour of the house. The ensuing ruckus will shuffle the fates and fortunes of all involved before two lovers may unite in this uproarious comedy of manners by the beloved master of British farce.