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Barmy in Wonderland

First Published 1952

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Mervyn Potter was filmland's biggest heart-throb since Valen-tino. He admitted it, and modestly took the view that his irresistible appeal bespoke certain success for the stage production of Sacrifice in which he was shortly to appear. Altruistically, he urged Cyril (Barmy) Fotheringay-Phipps to invest his modest fortune in this cast-iron venture and Barmy, who liked the idea of making a lot of money very fast, needed no further prompting. He presented himself to Joe Lehman of Lehmac Productions just at the moment when that impresario was bemoaning the loss of his principal backer. Joe welcomed Barmy like a brother. But in the course of negotiations it became apparent that not everyone viewed the enterprise with the same optimism as Mervyn and Joe. Indeed, one competent critic condemned it in such vigorous terms that had it not been for the incidence of the delectable ' Dinty' Moore, Barmy might well have passed up this opportunity of becoming a theatrical tycoon. But love is a powerful spur. Barmy plunged, and in doing so demonstrated that affairs of the heart and high finance can be made to combine in sweet and opulent harmony. This is Wodehouse at the top of his form.