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Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 8 March 1935 (USA)
An English valet brought to the American west assimilates into the American way of life.



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Complete credited cast:
Egbert Floud (as Charlie Ruggles)
Prunella Judson (as ZaSu Pitts)
James Burke ...
Dell Henderson ...
Clarence Wilson ...


While visiting Paris in 1908, upper class Lord Burnstead loses his butler playing poker. Egbert and Effie Floud bring Ruggles back to Red Gap, Washington. Effie wants to take advantage of Ruggles' upper class background to influence Egbert's hick lifestyle. However, Egbert is more interested in partying and he takes Ruggles to the local 'beer bust'. When word gets out that "Colonel Ruggles is staying with his close friends" in the local paper, the butler becomes a town celebrity. After befriending Mrs. Judson, a widow who he impresses with his culinary skills, Ruggles decides to strike out on his own and open a restaurant. His transition from servant to independent man will depend on its success. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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SH-H-H-H! TONIGHT'S YOUR NIGHT TO HOWL! And howl you will at this funniest of all comedies...


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Release Date:

8 March 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Det begyndte i Paris  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Nazi Germany banned the release of any German-dubbed version of this film because of the Gettysburg Address speech. See more »


When Effie tells Ruggles to take her husband to the art museums she shows him a book that he uses to record his impressions of the art he's viewed, when the camera angle changes the book has changed from her hands to her husbands hands without any pause in her lines. See more »


[the Earl is telling Ruggles why he'll be going to America with the Flouds]
Earl of Burnstead, aka George: His wife took quite a fancy to you... and, uh, so they... won you.
Ruggles: Won me, m'lord?
Earl of Burnstead, aka George: Oh, yes, yes, yes. We were playing this game of drawing poker, you see, and it seems there's a thing called 'bluffing'. Though I say it, myself, I'm particularly good at it.
Ruggles: Do I understand... that I was the stake, m'lord?
Earl of Burnstead, aka George: Oh, yes, yes, rather, yes. Yes, you see I didn't realize that they were bluffing, too. I, uh, I had three of the ...
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Opening credits are shown over various silhouettes of a butler. See more »


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Maple Leaf Rag
Music by Scott Joplin
Played when Ma and Ruggles ride past the Silver Dollar Saloon
Also played later during the scene in the saloona
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Stoic British dignity versus the rambunctious Old West
1 June 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This certainly is a hilarious study of opposites -- staid British decorum transplanted to America's rough and tumble Old West. Laughton's excursion into comedy is along the buffoonery line at times (said with all due respect, of course) and anyone can see his true talent lies in drama. I'd say the real scene stealer is Charles Ruggles as Egbert who displays a wry wit all his own as he endures his wife's determined efforts to remodel him. His choice of words are so amusing: "Hey cab, give us one with a horse on it," and, to his wife when dining, "Effie, what you need is some of this imprisoned laughter of the pleasant maids of France." Also, it brought back memories to hear the old song, "By the Light of the Silver Moon" sung by Nell in the movie. A very comical film that's enjoyed more each time you see it.

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