As he had deserted them many years before, the family of Archer Connaught, famous author (and philanderer), receives the news of his death in a plane crash with mixed emotions. His daughter is cool and bitter; his son jumps at the chance to write the official biography and his wife relishes the idea of basking in the reflected glory of the tributes certain to come. But then Archer turns up, alive after all, and squiring the lovely young girl, half his age, whom he hopes to marry. But first a divorce is needed, and while his wife, Kate, is seemingly compliant, the problem (or so she says) is that they were never legally married in the first place. After that the complications multiply uproariously as family skeletons are exhumed, romance blossoms in unexpected places, and our hero comes to sense both the generation gap between himself and his intended and that value of a good, loyal wife, tried and true.
"This literate and witty comedy deals hilariously with the problems caused by the unexpected return of a long absent (and famous) writer to his family—in company with the pretty young thing he now wants to marry. "That's what BEST OF FRIENDS abounds in—entertainment. Gaiety. Funny Lines. Wit." —Boston (MA) Herald Traveler. "…a lot of bright, funny dialogue." —White Plains (NY) Reporter-Dispatch. "…a very funny play." —Portland (ME) Press Herald.