The plot combines a convoluted, highly improbable murder-mystery arc with plenty of farce, slapstick, witty banter and self-referential humour.
A group of detectives, each accompanied by a relative or associate, is invited to “dinner and a murder” by the mysterious Lionel Twain (Capote). Having lured his guests to his mansion (the address of which is shown early on as “22 Lola Lane” and spoken later as “Two-Two Twain”) managed by a blind butler and a deaf-mute cook, Twain announces that it is in fact he who is the greatest detective in the world. In order to prove his claim, he challenges the guests to solve a murder which will take place in the house at midnight that very night; a reward of $1 million will be presented to the winner.
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