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When Egyptologist Edward Grant Wilson dies, his seventy-seven million dollar fortune is supposed to go to his long-lost son Eddie, but others are eager to have it for themselves. Eddie, who has been living on a barge, is sent to Egypt on an ocean liner to claim his inheritance, leaving his sweetheart Nora, whom he lovingly calls "Toots." Also on board the ship, however, are his father's common law wife and her boyfriend Louis, who want to murder Eddie for the money, and Colonol Harry Larrabee, whose foundation claims the valuable treasure that Wilson found. Nothing goes right for Louis and Mrs. Wilson, Sr. who convinces the gullible Eddie that she is his "Mama," even though she is nineteen and he is twenty-five. Colonel Larrabee's claim is declared invalid when Gerald Lane, his neice Joan's fiancé, reveals that Wilson had never received financial support from the foundation. When they arrive in Egypt, Eddie saves the Princess Fanya from a barking dog, which she thinks is a bear, and she falls in love with him. She takes him home to her father, Sheik Mulhulla, who coincidentally is planning to kill whomever claims the treasure. Life in a harem proves too much for Eddie, who wants to remain loyal to Toots. He is further distressed when Joan, the colonel, Jerry, Mama and Louis are captured. Because they have grown fond of Eddie, they all deny that he is Wilson, Jr., hoping to save his life. When his identity is confirmed by the perplexed Eddie himself, though, the sheik decides to boil him in oil. Fanya saves him by telling Mulhulla that Eddie has committed Tramofatch, kissing her on a camel, and therefore must marry her. Eddie, however, thinks death would be better than marrying Fanya. He finds a way out when Ben Ali, who really loves Fanya, helps him escape in a plane. After a rough flight across the Atlantic, Eddie arrives in New York and finally realizes his dream of opening up a free ice cream factory for children. He is assisted by Mama, Louis and Toots.