Thursday, February 2, 2012


Prisoners of Love number from the original, THE PRODUCERS.

[The British actor] Ralph Richardson, on being asked to appear in a charity programme in support of imprisoned writers; quoted by Ned Sherrin in Anecdotage(1993)

"No, on the whole I think all writers should be in prison."


(Found this quote atop a chapter heading in a book by Peter Lovesey.)


  1. Yvette,

    A classic example of biting the hand that feeds him.

    Without writers, he'd have to go out and find a real job.

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  3. Oh, I doubt he was being serious, Fred. Ralph Richardson was known for his acerbic wit.

    I laughed out loud when I first read it.

  4. That's a good one, Yvette. Obviously, Richardson said it in jest but, on a more serious note, some fine literary works, especially non-fiction, were written behind bars.

  5. Well, I'm glad you got it, Prashant. I'm afraid too many people don't share my sense of humor. :)

  6. I adore Ralph Richardson! I just watched The Four Feathers not too long ago and he was definitely the best part of the movie. I love all those Alexander Korda films.

    This quote reminds me of Cary Grant's line from Philadelphia Story, "I thought all writers drank to excess and beat their wives."

  7. I love him too, Lauren. He and Gielgud are so special to me.

    I like Grant's line. HA!

    I've been meaning to watch THE FOUR FEATHERS. I too love those Alexander Korda movies...Hmmmm, we're in taste alignment, Lauren. :)

  8. Yvette, any blog post that combines both THE PRODUCERS and Sir Ralph Richardson is worth enjoying! :-)


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