Opal's Million Dollar Duck
Published by Dramatists Play Service
2 Male 4 Female
While rooting through Opal's treasures they spot a nondescript oil painting - a still life of a dead mallard duck and an apple and - recalling an item in the morning newspaper about an old master which has disappeared from the local art museum - suddenly realize that this may be the missing canvas, for which the insurance company is offering a sizable reward
Summoning up all their acting skills, they try to charm Opal into selling the painting for a pittance, but she explains that she plans to give it to her friend, Rosie, as a birthday present, whereupon the plot thickens hilariously...
Desmond and Queenie resort to everything from outrageous flattery to knock-out drops trying to get their hands on the picture; Rosie, however, rejects it on the grounds that it reminds her of her pet duck (which was run over by a truck); and the plotters, much to their glee, march off triumphantly with their prize - unaware that a later edition of the paper carries a new item : the old master has been found, and the canvas which disappeared was a worthless copy