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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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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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The original Broadway production of "Ruggles of Red Gap" by Harrison Rhodes opened at the Fulton Theater on December 25, 1915 and ran for 33 performances. 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 »


Egbert Floud: I can be pushed just so fur and no futher.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over various silhouettes of a butler. See more »


Spoofed in Daffy Dilly (1948) See more »


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Music by Egbert Van Alstyne and Tony Jackson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Leila Hyams
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Charles Laughton: one of the best ever.
17 April 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought I saw everything until I saw Charles Laughton do comedy. His range is phenomenal. In one film he is playing Captain Bligh, and here he plays a shy, insecure British butler who ends up out west. Some scenes, although subtle, are hilarious. Laughton, besides being an actor, gave performances in oral reading and recital. Here he does a recital of the Gettysburg Address that is just fantastic. I mean, who would think something every grade school kid had to memorize could be moving. But it is. This movie is for anyone who really appreciates a truly gifted actor.

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