The Glasgow Boy
Antiques dealer Joe McDade thinks his luck has finally changed when he receives a valuable painting from a kindly old couple.
His conscience isn’t the only thing he has to struggle with when faced with an unscrupulous Toronto antiques dealer, a psychotic auction representative and a simple plan that goes suddenly wrong.
And that kindly old couple…well they have some secrets of their own! More
THE GLASGOW BOY
Joe McDade thinks his luck has finally changed.
A Scottish immigrant and down-on-his-luck antiques dealer, Joe is given a painting he believes to be worth tens of thousands of dollars by a kindly and naïve old Scottish couple, the Findlays. He had gone to their shabby apartment to inquire about a fairly worthless figurine they had posted on the Internet.
The painting is by a member of a group of nineteenth century painters known as “The Glasgow Boys”. Joe intends to sell the painting and make a killing, but his beautiful, principled girlfriend Ness is distressed that he does not necessarily plan on telling the Findlays about the value of what he took from right under their noses.
Joe’s conscience isn’t the only thing he must struggle with when it turns out an unscrupulous Toronto antiques dealer, Nick Lane, also wants the painting to facilitate a drug smuggling operation. Greed isn’t Lane’s only motivation when borderline psychotic auction representative Reginald Euripides French starts making threats. French, formerly a respected figure in the art world, has turned to criminal activities for profit and to exercise his taste for intimidation and violence. Lane is a former street hood from Buffalo who has created a new sophisticated and slick persona for himself in Toronto. He’s fairly tough, but no match for French.
After making up and visiting the Findlays to tell them about the value of the painting, Joe and Ness return home to Joe’s place to find it’s been broken into and the painting is gone. There’s no doubt that Lane was behind it.
Joe’s attempt to demand the stolen painting back from Lane fails, but the tenacious Ness succeeds using her considerable amateur acting abilities. She impersonates an auction specialist from Worthingtons acting as French’s accomplice and is so convincing that Lane gladly gives her the painting.
Ness is followed back to Joe’s with the painting by Malcy, a close boyhood friend from Glasgow that Joe thought he had lost to London’s drug scene years ago. Malcy reveals he is now working narcotics undercover with the MET, the London police force.
As two friends reunite, Joe and Ness’s elation soon turns to fear when they discover that they are in possession of half a million in heroin that was hidden in a case along with the painting. Together, they must come up with a plan to return the painting and the heroin, or the sting will be ruined.
They devise a scheme that should work perfectly, but cowardly Nick Lane panics at the fake meet to hand over the painting and shoots at Ness, who is still masquerading as French’s accomplice, missing and hitting Malcy.
As Malcy recovers in hospital, Joe discovers that the painting is actually a forgery painted by the ingenious old Mr. Findlay, purely for his own enjoyment.
Joe and Ness have formed a close bond with the Findlays, who plan on returning to the windswept Mull of Kintyre in Scotland to live with Mrs. Findlay’s sister. As they prepare to move, Joe is about to discover that hidden away in a bedroom of the Findlays’ modest apartment are paintings Mr. Findlay inherited from his mother. The Findlays have no idea the paintings really are the work of the Glasgow Boys and are worth millions.
Joe and Ness join the Findlays in Edinburgh for the auction, which is a huge success.
Their lives are changed forever when Mr. Findlay pulls Joe aside and tells him that since the Findlays have no heirs, they intend to leave almost all of the proceeds to Joe.
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