Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)HD Closed Captioning
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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...
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.
Fresh: Leo McCarey's masterpiece is a schizo, slack-jawed, preemptive rejoinder to Frank Capra's saintly sober "everyman."
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!
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 1935
- © 1935 Paramount Pictures, Inc. Renewed 1962 by EMKA Ltd. a Division of Universal City Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved.