Kristin Dawn Chenoweth is an American actress and singer, with credits in musical theatre and television. In 1999, she won a Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in Youre a Good Man, in 2003, she received wide notice for originating the role of Glinda in the musical Wicked, including a nomination for another Tony. Chenoweth starred in the ABC TV series GCB in 2012, Chenoweth sang gospel music as a child in Oklahoma and studied opera before deciding to pursue a career in musical theatre. In 1997, she made her Broadway debut in Steel Pier, besides Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Wicked, Chenoweths stage work includes five City Center Encores. Productions, Broadways The Apple Tree in 2006, Promises in 2010 and On the Twentieth Century in 2015, as well as Off-Broadway and regional theatre productions. Chenoweth had her own sitcom Kristin in 2001, and has guest starred on shows, including Sesame Street and Glee. In films, she has played character roles, such as in Bewitched, The Pink Panther.
Chenoweth penned a 2009 memoir, A Little Bit Wicked and she has stated that she is of one quarter Cherokee ancestry. At an early age, she performed songs for local churches. A performing highlight of her childhood was an appearance at the Southern Baptist Convention national conference at the age of 12. The chorus begins, Im only 4 feet 11, but Im going to Heaven, after graduating from Broken Arrow Senior High School, where she participated in school plays, Chenoweth attended Oklahoma City University, where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She earned a degree in musical theatre in 1990 and a masters degree in opera performance in 1992, studying under voice instructor and mentor. While at OCU, Chenoweth competed in beauty pageants, winning the title of Miss OCU and was the second runner-up in the Miss Oklahoma pageant in 1991, in 1992, Chenoweth participated in a studio recording of The Most Happy Fella. Two weeks before school started, she went to New York City to help a friend move, while there, she auditioned for the 1993 Paper Mill Playhouse production of the musical Animal Crackers and got the role of Arabella Rittenhouse.
She turned down the scholarship and moved to New York to do the show and she made her Broadway debut in the spring of 1997 as Precious McGuire in the musical Steel Pier by Kander and Ebb, for which she won a Theatre World Award. In 1998 she appeared in the City Center Encores, staged concert of the George and Ira Gershwin musical Strike up the Band as Anne Draper and created roles in the original Lincoln Center Theater production of William Finns A New Brain. Ben Rimalower, in Playbill, Its unlikely anyone will equal Kristin Chenoweth in the role of Nancy D. the waitress. In 1999, Chenoweth performed in the Broadway revival of Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown as the title characters sister, Sally
A given name is a part of a persons personal name. It identifies a person, and differentiates that person from other members of a group, such as a family or clan. The term given name refers to the fact that the name usually is bestowed upon a person and this contrasts with a surname, which is normally inherited, and shared with other members of the childs immediate family. Given names are used in a familiar and friendly manner in informal situations. In more formal situations the surname is commonly used, unless it is necessary to distinguish between people with the same surname. The idioms on a basis and being on first-name terms allude to the familiarity of addressing another by a given name. The order given name – family name, commonly known as the Western order, is used throughout most European countries and in countries that have cultures predominantly influenced by Western Europe. The order family name – given name, commonly known as the Eastern order, is used in East Asia, as well as in Southern and North-Eastern parts of India.
The order given name - fathers family name - mothers family name is used in Spanish-speaking countries to acknowledge the families of both parents. Today the order can be changed legally in Spain using given name - mothers family name - fathers family name, under the common Western naming convention, people may have one or more forenames. If more than one, there is usually a main forename for everyday use, sometimes however two or more forenames may carry equal weight. There is no particular ordering rule for forenames – often the main forename is at the beginning, a childs given name or names are usually chosen by the parents soon after birth. If a name is not assigned at birth, one may be given at a ceremony, with family. In most jurisdictions, a name at birth is a matter of public record, inscribed on a birth certificate. In western cultures, people normally retain the same name throughout their lives. However, in some cases names may be changed by petitioning a court of law. People may change their names when immigrating from one country to another with different naming conventions, in France, the agency can refer the case to a local judge.
Some jurisdictions, like in Sweden, restrict the spelling of names, parents may choose a name because of its meaning
He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1966 Billy Wilder film The Fortune Cookie. Besides the Oscar, he was the winner of BAFTA, Golden Globe, Matthau was born Walter John Matthow on October 1,1920, in New York Citys Lower East Side. His mother, was a Lithuanian Jewish immigrant who worked in a garment sweatshop, as part of a lifelong love of practical jokes, Matthau himself created the rumors that his middle name was Foghorn and his last name was originally Matuschanskayasky. As a young boy, Matthau attended a Jewish non-profit sleepaway camp, Tranquillity Camp and he attended Surprise Lake Camp. His high school was Seward Park High School and he worked for a short time as a concession stand cashier in the Yiddish Theatre District. He was based at RAF Old Buckenham, Norfolk during this time and he reached the rank of staff sergeant and became interested in acting. He took classes in acting at the Dramatic Workshop of The New School with German director Erwin Piscator and he often joked that his best early review came in a play where he posed as a derelict.
One reviewer said, The others just looked like actors in make-up, Matthau was a respected stage actor for years in such fare as Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter. He won the 1962 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a play, Matthau appeared in the pilot of Mister Peepers with Wally Cox. For reasons unknown he used the name Leonard Elliot and his role was of the gym teacher Mr. Wall. He made his motion picture debut as a bad guy in The Kentuckian opposite Burt Lancaster. He played a villain in King Creole, in which he gets beaten up by Elvis Presley, around the same time, he made Ride a Crooked Trail with Audie Murphy, and Onionhead starring Andy Griffith, the latter was a flop. Matthau had a role opposite Griffith in the well received drama A Face in the Crowd. Matthau directed a movie called The Gangster Story and was a sympathetic sheriff in Lonely Are the Brave. He appeared opposite Audrey Hepburn in Charade, appearances on television were common too, including two on Naked City, as well as an episode of The Eleventh Hour.
He appeared eight times between 1962 and 1964 on The DuPont Show of the Week and as Franklin Gaer in an episode of Dr. Kildare, additionally he featured in the syndicated crime drama Tallahassee 7000, as a Florida-based state police investigator. Comedies were rare in Matthaus work at that time, Neil Simon cast him in the play The Odd Couple in 1965, with Matthau playing slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison, opposite Art Carney as Felix Unger. Matthau reprised the role in the version, with Jack Lemmon as Felix Ungar
Carry On Cabby
Carry On Cabby is the seventh in the series of Carry On films to be made. Released in 1963, it was the first to be written by Talbot Rothwell from a story by Dick Hills, regulars Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Connor and Charles Hawtrey are all present. Liz Fraser makes her appearance and Esma Cannon makes her fourth. This was the first film in the series to feature Carry On regular Jim Dale, Carry On Cabby was originally planned as a non-Carry On film, called Call Me A Cab but midway through it became part of the Carry On series. Charlie Hawkins is the owner of thriving taxi company Speedee Taxis. When Charlie misses their wedding anniversary, because he is out cabbing. Telling Charlie that she is going to get a job, she establishes a rival company, the cars are brand new Ford Cortina Mk1s and driven by attractive girls in provocative uniforms. Flo, the wife of one of Charlies drivers, gets the post of office manager, Charlie continues to coach his mainly inept drivers, including accident-prone Terry Pintpot Tankard, whilst Peggy refuses to tell Charlie what her new job is.
Charlie feigns a lack of interest, but he is dying to know, Speedee rapidly starts losing money and faces bankruptcy. Peggy feels terrible for what she has done and his drivers attempt to sabotage the rival company, but they are chased off. In desperation, Charlie suggests a merger with his rivals, but is furious to discover who the owner is. A month later, Peggy is living at the office and Charlie has turned to drink and Sally are hijacked by bank robbers. Peggy manages to use the radio to subtly reveal their situation and location. Charlie intercepts the broadcast and rallies the other Speedee drivers in pursuit, the robbers are cornered and captured. Peggy and Charlie are reconciled, especially over the fact that she is expecting a baby and this area has changed considerably with the building of King Edward Court and Ward Royal. Some filming was undertaken in the street opposite Windsor and Eton Riverside station. The filming of Carry On Cabby is portrayed in the BBC drama Hattie, – contemporary TV series with Sid James in a similar role to Carry On Cabby Davidson, Andy.
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Carry On Regardless
Carry On Regardless was the fifth in the series of Carry On films to be made being released in 1961. By now a regular team was established with Sid James, Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims. Hattie Jacques – who was a regular – makes an appearance during a hospital scene. Professor Stanley Unwin appears in a guest role, playing his trademark gobbledegook speaking act and this would be the final appearance in the series for early regular Terence Longdon. Liz Fraser makes her debut in Carry On Regardless and would appear in a further three Carry On films and this Carry On film was the only one to be filmed over 2 years, being filmed in both 1960 and 1961. When word gets round, people are quick to visit the agency, notably Sam Twist, Francis Courtenay, Delia King, Gabriel Dimple, Lily Duveen, Mike Weston, Bert decides to hire them all and at first business is slow. The only customer is a man who speaks gobbledygook but since Francis is not present nobody can understand him and he goes on his way.
Within a few days business picks up and Delia has an assignment to try on a complete womens wardrobe for Mr Delling, however things get complicated when the mans wife arrives home unexpectedly. The following day, Francis is assigned to take a pet for a walk but when he gets to the owners house and he takes the chimp for a walk and soon discovers that people who work in the transport industry have an aversion to apes. They eventually end up at a tea party, enjoying a nice afternoon tea. Next is Lily Duveen, who has employed at a wine tasting evening. After she has performed this task, she samples some of the wines and makes a bit of a spectacle of herself, a man from Amalgamated Scrap-Iron arrives in the Helping Hands office. He is obviously busy as he requests that take his place in the queue. Bert says he will get someone on the case but the chap insists that the top man does the job himself, the next job that Francis undertakes, is in the field of photography as a model. Obviously very chuffed that he has chosen, he is crestfallen when he discovers that the job is an advertisement for a bee-keepers helmet.
His next job is between a bickering couple, the husband can not understand his wife, who continually berates him in her native German. Thanks to Francis getting a bit involved, the wife starts speaking English. Lefty Vincent, a friend of Berts, pops into the office
The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate, headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. It is the second largest media conglomerate in terms of revenue. Disney was founded on October 16,1923 – by brothers Walt Disney, the company operated under the names The Walt Disney Studio and Walt Disney Productions. Taking on its current name in 1986, it expanded its operations and started divisions focused upon theater, music, publishing. In addition, Disney has since created corporate divisions in order to more mature content than is typically associated with its flagship family-oriented brands. The company is best known for the products of its studio, Walt Disney Studios. Disneys other three divisions are Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Disney Media Networks, and Disney Consumer Products. The company has been a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average since May 6,1991, Mickey Mouse, an early and well-known cartoon creation of the company, is a primary symbol and mascot for Disney.
In early 1923, Kansas City, animator Walt Disney created a film entitled Alices Wonderland. After the bankruptcy in 1923 of his previous firm, Laugh-O-Gram Studios, Disney moved to Hollywood to join his brother and Roy Disney formed Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio that same year. More animated films followed after Alice, in January 1926, with the completion of the Disney studio on Hyperion Street, the Disney Brothers Studios name was changed to the Walt Disney Studio. The distributor owned Oswald, so Disney only made a few hundred dollars, Disney completed 26 Oswald shorts before losing the contract in February 1928, due to a legal loophole, when Winklers husband Charles Mintz took over their distribution company. After failing to take over the Disney Studio, Mintz hired away four of Disneys primary animators to start his own animation studio, Snappy Comedies. In 1928, to recover from the loss of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Disney came up with the idea of a character named Mortimer while on a train headed to California.
The mouse was renamed Mickey Mouse and starred in several Disney produced films, ub Iwerks refined Disneys initial design of Mickey Mouse. Disneys first sound film Steamboat Willie, a cartoon starring Mickey, was released on November 18,1928 through Pat Powers distribution company and it was the first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon released, but the third to be created, behind Plane Crazy and The Gallopin Gaucho. Disney used Pat Powers Cinephone system, created by Powers using Lee De Forests Phonofilm system, Steamboat Willie premiered at B. S. Mosss Colony Theater in New York City, now The Broadway Theatre. Disneys Plane Crazy and The Galloping Gaucho were retrofitted with synchronized sound tracks, Disney continued to produce cartoons with Mickey Mouse and other characters, and began the Silly Symphonies series with Columbia Pictures signing on as Symphonies distributor in August 1929
John Uhler Jack Lemmon III was an American actor and musician. Lemmon was an eight time Academy Award nominee, with two wins, Lemmon was born on February 8,1925, in an elevator at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He was the child of Mildred Burgess LaRue and John Uhler Lemmon. His paternal grandmother was from an Irish immigrant family, Lemmon attended John Ward Elementary School in Newton and the Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts. During his acceptance of his lifetime achievement award, he stated that he knew he wanted to be an actor from the age of eight, after graduation in 1947, Lemmon took up acting professionally, working on radio and Broadway. He studied acting under coach Uta Hagen and he was enamored of the piano and learned to play it on his own. He could play the harmonica, organ, and he was close friends with actors Tony Curtis, Ernie Kovacs, Walter Matthau and Kevin Spacey. He made two films with Curtis, and eleven with Matthau, early in Lemmons career he met comedian Ernie Kovacs while co-starring with him in Operation Mad Ball.
Lemmon and Kovacs became close friends and appeared together in two subsequent films, Bell and Candle and It Happened to Jane, in 1977, PBS broadcast a compilation series of Kovacs television work, and Lemmon served as the narrator of the series. Lemmon discussed his friendship with Kovacs in the documentary Ernie Kovacs and he was a favorite of director Billy Wilder, starring in the films Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Irma la Douce, The Fortune Cookie, Avanti. The Front Page, and Buddy Buddy, the biography quotes Lemmon as saying, I am particularly susceptible to the parts I play. If my character was having a breakdown, I started to have one. Bell and Candle and It Happened to Jane and How to Murder Your Wife, quine directed Lemmons screen test when the actor was signed by Columbia. Lemmons singing voice was first heard on two film soundtracks in 1955, Three for the Show with Betty Grable and My Sister Eileen and he performed songs in the 1956 film You Cant Run Away from It with Stubby Kaye and June Allyson.
His first solo album A Twist of Lemmon was released in 1958 on Epic Records, while filming Some Like It Hot with Marilyn Monroe in 1959, Lemmon released a second album, Some Like It Hot. Both featured Lemmons singing and piano solos, the two Epic albums were released as A Twist of Lemmon/Some Like It Hot, a single cd on Collectors Choice Music, in 2001. Two singles, Daphne/Sleepy Lagoon and Im Forever Blowing Bubbles/I Cover the Waterfront did not appear on either album, Epic released a third single in 1960, Lemmons piano solo of the theme to the film The Apartment, backed with his own composition Lemmon Blues. In 1963, Lemmon released an album, this time on Capitol Records
Show Boat is a 1927 musical in two acts, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Its themes include racial prejudice and tragic, enduring love, the musical contributed such classic songs as Ol Man River, Make Believe and Cant Help Lovin Dat Man. The premiere of Show Boat on Broadway was a moment in the history of American musical theatre. According to The Complete Book of Light Opera, Here we come to a new genre – the musical play as distinguished from musical comedy. The play was the thing, and everything else was subservient to that play, came complete integration of song and production numbers into a single and inextricable artistic entity. The quality of the musical was recognized immediately by the critics, awards for Broadway shows did not exist in 1927 when the original production of the show premiered, nor in 1932, when its first revival was staged. Late 20th-century revivals of Show Boat have won both the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, in a few weeks, she gained what she called a treasure trove of show-boat material, touching, true.
Jerome Kern was impressed by the novel and, hoping to adapt it as a musical, Woollcott introduced them that evening during the intermission of Kerns latest musical, Criss Cross. Impatient with Kern and Hammerstein and worried about their keeping too serious tone, Ziegfeld decided to open his theatre in February 1927 with Rio Rita, when Rio Rita proved to be a success, Show Boats Broadway opening was delayed until Rita could be moved to another theatre. Note, Although the basic plot of Show Boat has always remained the same, over the years revisions and alterations were made by the creators, and over time by subsequent producers and directors. Some of these revisions were for length and some for convenience, some have been made to reflect contemporary sensitivities toward race and other social issues. Act I In 1887, the show boat Cotton Blossom arrives at the dock in Natchez. The Reconstruction era had ended an earlier, and white-dominated Southern legislatures have imposed racial segregation.
The boats owner, Capn Andy Hawks, introduces his actors to the crowd on the levee, Steve knocks Pete down, and Pete swears revenge, suggesting he knows a dark secret about Julie. Capn Andy pretends to the crowd that the fight was a preview of one of the melodramas to be performed. The troupe exits with the band, and the crowd follows. A handsome riverboat gambler, Gaylord Ravenal, appears on the levee and is taken with eighteen-year-old Magnolia Hawks, an aspiring performer, Magnolia is likewise smitten with Ravenal. She seeks advice from Joe, a dock worker aboard the boat, who has returned from buying flour for his wife Queenie
Ontario, one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada, is located in east-central Canada. It is Canadas most populous province by a margin, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all Canadians. Ontario is fourth-largest in total area when the territories of the Northwest Territories and it is home to the nations capital city and the nations most populous city, Toronto. There is only about 1 km of land made up of portages including Height of Land Portage on the Minnesota border. Ontario is sometimes divided into two regions, Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario. The great majority of Ontarios population and arable land is located in the south, in contrast, the larger, northern part of Ontario is sparsely populated with cold winters and is heavily forested. The province is named after Lake Ontario, a thought to be derived from Ontarí, io, a Huron word meaning great lake, or possibly skanadario. Ontario has about 250,000 freshwater lakes, the province consists of three main geographical regions, The thinly populated Canadian Shield in the northwestern and central portions, which comprises over half the land area of Ontario.
Although this area mostly does not support agriculture, it is rich in minerals and in part covered by the Central and Midwestern Canadian Shield forests, studded with lakes, Northern Ontario is subdivided into two sub-regions, Northwestern Ontario and Northeastern Ontario. The virtually unpopulated Hudson Bay Lowlands in the north and northeast, mainly swampy. Southern Ontario which is further sub-divided into four regions, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Golden Horseshoe, the highest point is Ishpatina Ridge at 693 metres above sea level located in Temagami, Northeastern Ontario. In the south, elevations of over 500 m are surpassed near Collingwood, above the Blue Mountains in the Dundalk Highlands, the Carolinian forest zone covers most of the southwestern region of the province. A well-known geographic feature is Niagara Falls, part of the Niagara Escarpment, the Saint Lawrence Seaway allows navigation to and from the Atlantic Ocean as far inland as Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario.
Northern Ontario occupies roughly 87 percent of the area of the province. Point Pelee is a peninsula of Lake Erie in southwestern Ontario that is the southernmost extent of Canadas mainland, Pelee Island and Middle Island in Lake Erie extend slightly farther. All are south of 42°N – slightly farther south than the border of California. The climate of Ontario varies by season and location, the effects of these major air masses on temperature and precipitation depend mainly on latitude, proximity to major bodies of water and to a small extent, terrain relief. In general, most of Ontarios climate is classified as humid continental, Ontario has three main climatic regions
The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated musical adventure-romantic comedy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by Buena Vista Distribution. The film features the voices of Eva Gabor, Hermione Baddeley, Phil Harris, Dean Clark, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers, and Roddy Maude-Roxby. Following two years of re-writes, Walt Disney suggested the project would be suitable for an animated film. The Aristocats was released on December 11,1970, to positive reception, in Paris in 1910, mother cat Duchess and her three kittens, Marie and Toulouse, live with retired opera diva Madame Adelaide Bonfamille, and her English butler, Edgar. One day while preparing her will with lawyer Georges Hautecourt, Madame declares her fortune to be left to her cats until their deaths, Edgar hears this through a speaking tube, and plots to eliminate the cats. Therefore, he sedates the cats by putting sleeping pills in a milk mixture intended for them, in the morning, Duchess meets an alley cat named Thomas OMalley, who offers to guide her and the kittens to Paris.
The group briefly hitchhikes in a truck before being chased off by the driver. Edgar returns to the country to retrieve his possessions from Napoleon and Lafayette, travelling across the rooftops of the city, the cats meet OMalleys friend Scat Cat and his musicians, who perform the song Evrybody Wants to Be a Cat. After the band has departed, OMalley and Duchess converse on a rooftop while the kittens listen at a windowsill. Here, Duchesss loyalty to Madame prompts her to decline OMalleys proposal of marriage and the kittens return to Madames mansion, but Edgar places them in a sack and prepares to ship them to Timbuktu, whereupon they direct Roquefort to retrieve OMalley. He does so, and OMalley returns to the mansion, instructing Roquefort to locate Scat Cat and this done, the alley cats and Frou-Frou fight Edgar, while Roquefort frees Duchess and the kittens. At the end of the fight, Edgar is locked in his own packing-case, Madame Adelaides will is rewritten to exclude Edgar, with Madame remaining ignorant of the reason for Edgar’s departure.
After adopting O’Malley into the family, Madame establishes a charity foundation housing Pariss stray cats. Eva Gabor as Duchess - Madame Adelaides cat and mother of three kittens, but forced to choose between loyalty to Madame and her own attachment to Thomas OMalley, until the end of the film, Robie Lester provided the singing voice for Duchess. Phil Harris as Thomas OMalley – A feral cat who befriends Duchess and her kittens, becoming a figure to the kittens. Gary Dubin as Toulouse - the oldest kitten, who idolizes all alley-cats and he is a talented painter. Liz English as Marie - Second-eldest kitten, often imperious or snobbish to her brothers, Dean Clark as Berlioz - the youngest kitten. He is somewhat timid and shy, but a talented pianist, Roddy Maude-Roxby as Edgar Balthazar - Madame Adelaides butler who tries to get rid of the cats in order to inherit her fortune
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
A Gentlemans Guide to Love & Murder is a musical comedy, with the book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and the music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. It is based on the 1907 novel Israel Rank, The Autobiography of a Criminal by Roy Horniman, the show opened on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre November 17,2013, running until January 17,2016. The Broadway production won four Tonys at the 68th Tony Awards in June 2014, the novel was the source for the 1949 British film Kind Hearts and Coronets, apparently for legal reasons, that title was not permitted to be used. A Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder premiered at the Hartford Stage, Connecticut, running in October through November 2012, the cast featured Jefferson Mays, Ken Barnett and Lisa OHare. The musical is a co-production of the Hartford Stage and the Old Globe Theatre, the musical opened at the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, California in March 2013. Directed by Darko Tresnjak, the cast featured Jefferson Mays, Ken Barnett, the musical opened on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre on November 17,2013 after previews from October 22,2013 with direction by Darko Tresnjak and choreography by Peggy Hickey.
The production closed on January 17,2016, the original cast featured Jefferson Mays, Lisa OHare, Lauren Worsham, and Bryce Pinkham. Jefferson Mays plays eight roles, all of the D’Ysquith family and its capitalization cost was $7.5 million, and in April 2015 the producers announced the recoupment of its entire Broadway production capitalization. A U. S. national tour of the production opened on September 19,2015 at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, a group dressed in mourning enter and advise those of you of weaker constitution to leave the theatre, as the show may prove disturbing. In 1909, Lord Montague Monty DYsquith Navarro, Ninth Earl of Highhurst, is in jail and he says that he is writing his memoirs on the eve of his possible execution, and that his story could be called A Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder. In 1907, Monty is living in a shabby Clapham flat and his mother, Miss Marietta Shingle, a mysterious old woman, arrives to tell Monty that his mother was in fact a member of the aristocratic DYsquith family.
Isobel DYsquith had eloped with a Spanish musician, which caused her family to disinherit, wishing to spare her son any shame, Isobel never told him the truth of his ancestry. Now, Miss Shingle says, Monty is ninth in line to inherit the earldom of Highhurst and she insists that he take his rightful place in the family. Monty writes a letter to Lord Asquith DYsquith, Sr. the head of the DYsquith family banking house, explaining his connection to the family, Monty is in love with Miss Sibella Hallward, but she will not marry him due to his poverty. Sibella has drawn the attention of another gentleman of higher status and she dubiously accepts Monty’s story about his lineage, but remarks that eight people would have to die in order for him to become earl. Monty receives a reply from Lord Asquiths son, Asquith DYsquith, Jr. denying Isobels existence, Monty is dejected, but refuses to accept his apparent destiny as a poor commoner. He takes a tour of Highhurst Castle, the DYsquiths ancestral home, on Visitors Day, Lord Adalbert DYsquith, the current Earl of Highhurst, catches Monty looking around the ancestral library and drives him out, expressing his disdain for the commoners flooding his home.
Monty decides to try his luck with the clergyman in the family, the Reverend gives Monty a tour of the ancestral family church