It’s riddle time! Sort of. I could try to play this off like Bilbo, as if this is all part of a game, but here’s the truth of it: I’m thinking of a movie, but I can’t remember the title, and I can’t figure out how to Google it. So I will describe the plot, and one of you will tell me what the movie is.
As a reward, I shall not eat you.
This is a pretty old movie, but I think the lead actor was famous at the time. It is set during the Depression. The protagonist is a Hollywood producer or director who is famous for making silly comedies. He wants to be taken seriously, so he decides to make an ‘important’ film about poverty or something. So he heads out to see how the poors live. Somehow he becomes stranded. Then somehow he ends up in a prison camp for hard labor (I think it has something to do with mistaken identity).
While he is incarcerated, there is a movie night, and guess what? It’s one of his comedies. He sees how the comedy is the one bright spot in the otherwise dreary and monotonous lives of the inmates, and he realizes that comedy is even more important than the serious type of film he was hoping to make. When he finally ends up back in Hollywood, he is ready to make another comedy.
If none of you has the answer, my larders will be full tonight! “The Gibbelins eat, as is well known, nothing less good than man.”