- The Girl on the Boat
"The Girl on the Boat" is a
novelby P. G. Wodehouse. The story first appeared as a serial in " Woman's Home Companion" in the U.S., under the title "Three Men and a Maid", from October to December 1921. It was first published as a book in the U.S. on April 26 1922by George H. Doran, New York, and as " The Girl on the Boat" in the U.K. by Herbert Jenkins, London, on June 151922.
The maid of the title is red-haired, dog-loving Wilhelmina "Billie" Bennet, and the three men are Bream Mortimer, a long-time friend and admirer of Billie, Eustace Hignett, a lily-livered poet who is engaged to Billie at the opening of the tale, and Sam Marlowe, Eustace's dashing cousin, who falls for Billie at first sight. All four find themselves on an
ocean linerheaded for Englandtogether, along with a capable young woman called Jane Hubbard who is smitten with Eustace, and typically Wodehousian romantic shenanigans ensue
A film adaptation was made in 1963, starring
Norman Wisdomas Marlowe, Richard Briersas Eustace, Philip Lockeas Bream Mortimer and Millicent Martinas Billie. Richard Briers later portrayed another Wodehouse character, Galahad Threepwood, in a BBCadaptation of Heavy Weather.
Henry Kaplanthe screenplay was adapted from Wodehouse's original novel by Reuben Ship. Some scenes from the novel, such as Sam Marlowe's performance at the ship's concert, are not included in the film. The romance between Eustace and Jane Hubbard (played by Sheila Hancockis also altered; Eustace stands up to his domineering mother in the film, but not in the book.
* [http://wodehouse.ru/29.htm The Russian Wodehouse Society's page] , with numerous book covers and a list of characters
* [http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/6836 Free eBook of "Three Men and a Maid"] at
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* [http://www.archive.org/details/three_men_maid_0809_librivox/ Free audiobook] of "Three Men and a Maid/The Girl on the Boat" (1922) at
LibriVox(5h 40m, Ogg-Vorbis or MP3formats, ZIP of whole book MP3164 MB)
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