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Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Leo McCarey

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Plot Summary

Charles Laughton stars in this hilarious tale of Marmaduke Ruggles, a stuffy British butler, traded in a poker game from an English Earl (Roland Young) to a wealthy and rowdy American, Egbert Floud (Charlie Ruggles). Ruggles' new home is Red Gap, Washington, where he is introduced by Egbert as "Colonel" Ruggles. The town ladies are quite taken by the sophisticated servant in disguise as he enamors them with fictitious stories of battles gone by. Ruggles proves his newfound patriotism in one of the best scenes of the film, his recitation of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in the Silver Dollar Saloon. The dream of freedom leads him to open his own restaurant, where one of his first customers is the Duke who has come to reclaim his former servant. Supporting performances by ZaSu Pitts and Mary Boland add to the popularity of this charming, light-hearted classic.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Fitting such a democratic film, there's no bad part here... – Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice, Apr 3, 2012

Fresh: With the egalitarian warmth of Jean Renoir (himself a huge fan of the film), director McCarey spoofs stereotypes while investing them with knowing asides. – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out, Apr 3, 2012

Fresh: Leo McCarey's masterpiece is a schizo, slack-jawed, preemptive rejoinder to Frank Capra's saintly sober "everyman." – Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine, Mar 29, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Jolly good time!

A most excellent Movie to see if you are in the mood to laugh, cry and be inspired by hope of (an antiquated notion -- to be sure) the American dream !

Wonderful film, barely audible

This is a wonderful film, but currently the quality of the sound track of the
version on iTunes is so poor as to be barely audible. Please fix!

Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1935

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